Become an Egg Donor
Dear Prospective Donor,
We are thrilled about your inquiring to donate your eggs to infertile couples! Gifts such as yours may allow many couples to achieve their dreams of having children. The happiness and gratitude of couples achieving pregnancy through donor eggs is immeasurable.
As you may expect there is a donor screening process to select donors. The purpose of this process is to ensure safety for you and the recipients. The process also provides details about being a donor to you so you can make a decision regarding participation. As part of this process you will receive a medical evaluation. The donor screening process requires filling out an application. Please review all the questions and answer them as completely as possible. All medical information you provide to us is strictly confidential. Return the application to us or preferably submit it online. After we have reviewed your application we will contact you. If you have not heard from us in three weeks, please call Melissa (904) 399-5620 regarding your application status.
The process of being an egg donor involves stimulating your ovaries with medications known as gonadotropins. These are the same hormones your brain normally makes to produce one egg each month. These medications are given by shot using a very small needle. Medications are administered by our medical personnel daily. Blood work and an ultrasound will be performed approximately every three days to assess your stimulation and to know when egg retrieval will be. In most cases you will have two days advanced warning of retrieval. Because it is critical to remove the eggs at a certain time you need to be available for monitoring and egg retrieval when asked to come in. It is important to understand that you do not lose any more eggs than you would in a normal unstimulated cycle when you go through stimulation. In a natural cycle a group of eggs starts to develop, your brain only makes enough fertility hormone that one or rarely two go on to develop, the other eggs form scars in the ovary so you do not risk premature menopause. The egg retrieval is done at our Jacksonville center. It is performed under IV sedation, whereby medicine is given to make you sleepy, additionally a narcotic is given so that you do not feel any significant pain. If you felt significant pain you would be moving and it would not be possible to retrieve your eggs. The egg retrieval process typically last 15-20 minutes. Risks of this procedure include bleeding, which is generally minimal and controlled with direct pressure and rarely infection, a prophylactic antibiotic is always given. After retrieval donors are monitored in our recovery room for approximately an hour. We ask them to go home and rest that day. Donors will require a driver to take them home.
Donors are given an honorarium for their participation. We think of this as compensation for time away from work, travel expenses, babysitters, and other potential expenses. Donors may participate up to six times.
On behalf of our recipient patients we are thrilled you are considering becoming a donor. We pledge to you the utmost diligence and care during your participation. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions. Emma Langley is our donor egg coordinator (904) 399-5620, her assistant, Melissa Caraballo can be reached at the same number Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Medical Director, Kevin L. Winslow, M.D.
Our Patient Recipients
“It is amazing to experience the kindness of a stranger… a stranger with the power to help us create a family. Today, we are a family!
Thank you for making our dreams come true!”
“We……were very grateful for her selfless act…
it meant the world to us!”
“There are moments you wait for all your life….
Our proud moment has arrived!”
“We are thankful someone gave us such a precious gift!”
Give the gift of life to an infertile couple!
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