Breaking Down the Egg Donation Process: Ovarian Stimulation

If you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, you may be wondering about the details of the process. Egg donation consists of several steps that lead from applying to become a donor to the egg retrieval itself.

Once you have been matched and medically cleared, you will be scheduled for a stimulation cycle. Before eggs can be retrieved, your ovaries must be stimulated to mature a number of eggs all at once, unlike a normal ovarian cycle. Normally, your body brings one or sometimes two eggs to maturity each month to be released at ovulation.

To increase the chances of creating a viable embryo through in vitro fertilization, we want to be able to retrieve as many eggs as possible. To prepare for that, we perform ovarian stimulation to mature multiple eggs simultaneously.

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