What is egg donation?

Written by: Dr. Juan Manuel Marín García
Published: | Updated: 15/11/2018
Edited by: Ester Izquierdo Romagosa

Egg donation is a treatment of Assisted Reproduction can help many women to be a mother when they is not possible with their own eggs, either by age, early menopause, disease and cancer treatments, among other causes.

In Spain, this process is completely anonymous, based on the Law on Assisted Reproduction, so, from the first time when a woman comes to the center to volunteer as egg donor, a care protocol specifically activates for both donors and recipients receive care and monitoring to ensure safety in all aspects.

Preparation for egg donation

Screening tests before egg donation are:

  • Laboratory tests: a blood test done to check what blood type belongs to the objective that is consistent with the receiving. also performed to rule out other analytical, both genetic and infectious diseases common.
  • Consultation with specialist: the patient meets with the specialist who performed a gynecological assessment to see if it is suitable for donation, from the point of view of gynecological normal as follicular reserve.
  • Psychological interview: the suitability of the patient is assessed from the psychological point of view.


Egg donation process

To ensure the synchronization of the donor and the recipient, ie, that are in the same phase of the period, it is performed a simple drug therapy, using tablets.

Achieved synchronization, the donor undergoes ovarian stimulation treatment in order to grow all recruited, ie follicles those seen on ultrasound, in that cycle in the ovaries.

This process of 11 to 12 days, is always controlled by the entire team, checking every two or three days follicular size and health of the patient by ultrasound and hormonal analysis.

When the follicles are in optimum condition, it proceeds to the ovarian puncture for egg retrieval. It is a simple intervention, guided by ultrasound, lasting about 20 minutes, performed under anesthesia so the donor does not feel any pain.

Once carried out the procedure, the donor may go home, together, to keep rest that day. This whole process can help many women to become mothers.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Juan Manuel Marín García
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Marin Garcia is an expert in Gynecology and Obstetrics of the city of Málaga, specializing in Fertility and Andrology Assisted Human Reproduction. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malaga (1989) and obtained specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992 at the University of Seville, where he also completed a doctorate with a thesis on Reproductive Endocrinology. He has conducted training in Assisted Reproduction in the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (1995) and the Master of Assisted Reproduction Rey Juan Carlos, IVI Foundation University (2011). Now it belongs to the Human Reproduction Unit High Care Center Marbella and coordinates the Reproduction Unit of the Hospital Costa del Sol.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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