Egg Donation Process – Treatment
Menstrual Cycle v Egg Donation Treatment Cycle
Every month, a healthy, fertile female will usually release (ovulate) just one egg. How does this happen and what’s the difference between this and an egg donation treatment cycle?
In a natural menstrual cycle, the female body produces a hormone called Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). Follicle Stimulating Hormone is responsible for encouraging an elite team of about 10 to 12 eggs to grow (if we delve even deeper behind the scenes, several hundred eggs were involved in getting these 10 to 12 top player eggs to where they are!).
As with any team, one of the elite eggs is normally slightly ahead of the rest; that’s the egg that goes on to become the natural leader; it matures and is then released (ovulated). Perhaps it will meet some healthy sperm along the way and be fertilised. Perhaps it won’t. If it does fertilise and the embryo implants the female become pregnant. If it’s not fertilised or if it is fertilised and the embryo doesn’t implant then the female goes on to have a period.
Wondering what happens to the rest of the egg team? Those eggs just shrink and are reabsorbed by the body. Isn’t biology brilliant…
In an egg donation cycle, the aim is to supercharge the entire elite egg team with an extra helping of FSH so they can all be released. Clever, eh?!
Egg Donation Treatment Cycle
Here’s what an egg donation treatment cycle looks like:
Once your eggs have been collected the embryologist will prepare and mix them with the recipient’s male partner’s sperm or donor sperm in the laboratory. Hopefully the eggs will fertilise to become embryos. Between two and five days later, depending on the number of embryos available and the recipient female’s age, one, two or three embryos will be transferred into the female recipient. Your recipients will find out if they are pregnant about two weeks after the embryos have been transferred. You can also ask your clinic the outcome of your donation.