What happens in the cycle of egg donation and how are the visits broken down?
The medication protocol will begin with the administration of Lupron. Approximately one week after the Lupron begins the donor will have a light period. The next visit will be three days after the onset of that period (usually about 10 days after the administration of the Lupron). FSH medication will be given to the donor at this point. For the next 8-14 days the donor needs to plan for early morning visits to the clinic for blood tests and ultrasound examinations (usually every third day). It is during this time that FSH will be self-administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg. The monitoring visits last 15-25 minutes and can usually be scheduled between 7:30am-9:00am, 7 days a week. The exact date of egg retrieval depends upon how the donors’ ovaries respond to the FSH medication. Therefore, the donor must be prepared to stop her usual activities (including school and work) at short notice, for one day. Because she will be sedated for egg retrieval we will advi