Each month your ovaries recruit about 20-40 follicles (fluid-filled sacs that contain immature eggs). The body then releases hormones that stimulate 1 (or more) follicles to grow & release a mature egg; this is called ovulation.
The medications given to our donors are synthetic versions of these same hormones. These medications supplement the body's own natural hormones stimulating all or most of your follicles to grow a mature egg.
*We are only stimulating (maturing) the eggs for that month's cycle, you are NOT losing any additional eggs.
The Screening Process
First, you will have blood & urine specimens collected for screening labs & genetic testing. You will have a transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate your ovaries. Our Donor Nurse will consult with you regarding our program & answer any questions you might have.
Second, you will have a phone call interview with our Genetic Counselor. This consult will dig deep into your family medical history, so it is extremely important to obtain as much information as possible regarding your family prior to this appointment.
Third, our Providers will complete a full physical exam. You will have blood & urine specimens collected to test for infectious diseases (STD screening), as well as, a second transvaginal ultrasound.
Fourth, you will have a psychological evaluation with a CRM authorized mental health counselor. If you are married or in a committed relationship, attendance is required by both parties. This appointment will last approximately 2-3 hours & is your final step in the screening process!