Would you like to be an egg donor?

The requirements to be a donor are; be 18 and 32 years old, be physically and mentally healthy, do not suffer from any genetic or sexually transmitted disease.

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The egg donation programme started in 1993 because of the dream to have a baby, shared by many couples, and their impossibility to obtain their own eggs. Egg donation is an anonymous, altruistic and voluntary process strictly regulated by law. Under no circumstances do the donor and the recipient know each other’s identities. Although egg donation is totally altruistic, the Spanish Law on assisted reproduction allows clinics to compensate the donor economically for the inconveniences that the donation process might imply.
The most frequent causes of absence of own eggs are:
  • Congenital or acquired absence of ovaries.
  • Early menopause.
  • Transmissible chromosomal disorders that cannot be prevented by PGD (Preimplantational Genetic Diagnosis).
  • Lack of ovarian stimulation. Repetitive IVF failures.
  • Repetitive miscarriages that cannot be prevented by PGD.
  • Repetitive embryo implantation failure.

Donor requisits:

  • Be betxeen 18 and 32 years of age.
  • Be physically and mentally healthy.
  • Not suffer from any genetic or sexually transmitted disease.
 

If you can and want to, it is very easy to help

The first step is to make an appointment with the specialist, who will answer any questions that you may have and will give you detailed information about the whole process of oocyte donation. The mandatory requirements to be a donor are; be 18 and 32 years old, be physically and mentally healthy, do not suffer from any genetic or sexually transmitted disease. By asking a few questions, a complete anamnesis of the donor and her direct relatives will be performed. The process to choose the most appropriate donor includes also a series of tests; karyotype and a complete gynaecological examination.
All the results from the tests will be made known to her and will also be discussed with the doctor. These tests are free of charge. We try to concentrate all the tests in only a few days, if this is possible, to bother the donor as little as possible. Once a donor has been admitted in the programme, the donation process is started. It does not jeopardise the donor’s future fertility in any case. To increase the probability of success of the whole process, hormonal stimulation of the ovaries is needed. This is obtained with a hormonal treatment for 10 days (subcutaneous administration) together with regular ultrasound scans to check that the stimulation is appropriate. Once the ovaries are sufficiently stimulated the egg extraction is scheduled and performed. The extraction is carried out in an operating theatre with a light sedation to make it painless. It is a relatively quick process (10-15 minutes). When the anaesthetist indicates it, the patient will be allowed to leave the clinic. After the extraction the donor might feel slight pain. Moderate rest is recommended for 48 hours and also a gynaecological examination after the first menstruation.

What does egg donation consist of?

It is an anonymous, altruistic and voluntary act in which a young woman undergoes an ovarian stimulation treatment to donate her ova (eggs) to another woman so that the recipient can achieve a pregnancy.

What are ova/eggs?

An egg or oocyte is the female reproductive cell, which is released from the ovary after a growing and maturing process.

How many ova/eggs can a young woman have?

In normal conditions, a young woman in her reproductive age (18-32) has a reserve of 200.000 to 300.000 ova (eggs). In every ovarian cycle (menstruation) an average of 100 to 200 ova are released but only 1 or 2 of them ripen. Thus, in a donation cycle, we “make use” of a few eggs that would degenerate and be lost any way.

Who can donate eggs?

Donors must be between 18 and 32 years of age. After having been informed about the donation process, they must undergo a health selection control which includes physical, psychological and genetic tests to ensure that they fulfill all the legal requirements to be selected as donors.

Will I be able to have children in the future after donating my eggs?

YES. Egg donation does not jeopardise the donor’s future fertility. In fact, in normal conditions, a young woman in her reproductive age (18-32) has a reserve of 200.000 to 300.000 ova (eggs). In every ovarian cycle (every 28 days) an average of 100 to 200 ova are released but only 1 or 2 of them ripen, the others deteriorate and are disposed of in the menstruation. Thus, in a donation cycle, we “make use” of a few eggs that would degenerate and be lost anyway without altering the donor’s total number of eggs or jeopardising her future fertility.

How can I become a donor?

Make an appointment at Girexx and we will give you detailed information about the donation process. Before being accepted as a donor, a complete gynaecological examination must be performed together with a series of tests. These tests are free of charge.

How is the donation made?

Here you will find all the necessary information to make a donation, step by step. If you need any further information, contact us.

Is it painful alter the extraction?

Slight pain in the lower abdomen is totally normal after the egg extraction, that’s why moderate rest is recommended for 48 hours. The doctor can prescribe the use of painkillers if necessary. It is recommended to avoid sexual intercourse during this period and a gynaecological examination after the first menstruation, which will appear naturally after 13-14 days after the extraction.

Does the donor receive any economic compensation?

YES.Spanish Law on assisted reproduction establishes that the donor will receive economic compensation for the inconveniences derived from the donation process.

Can I know the identity of the woman who is going to receive my oocytes (eggs)?

NO. Egg donation is a totally anonymous process. The law explicitly prohibits the revealing of the identities of the people involved in an egg donation process. Thus, donors cannot know who the recipients are, nor the newborns. And these cannot know either, who the donor is.

Can I donate my eggs if I am using an IUD? And if I have got my tubes tied?

YES, because the ovaries are still working properly and they are producing eggs adequately.orrectament i produint òvuls de forma adecuada.

Can I donate my eggs if I am taking the pill?

YES, but you will have to stop taking it during the donation process. Once the process is finished and after having had your period, you will be able to start taking it again.

Can I have sexual intercourse during the egg donation process?

It is recommendable to abstain from having sexual intercourse during the stimulation process and until the menstruation following the egg extraction (follicular puncture) as there is some risk of multiple pregnancy and ovarian torsion. However, after having your period, you can resume your normal sexual activity.

How many times can I donate my eggs?

The Spanish Law on assisted reproduction establishes that the maximum number of children born in Spain using the eggs from the same donor is 6, including the donor’s own children.
These are the steps to donate eggs at GIREXX, Girona’s clinic specialised in assisted reproduction. The complete process lasts for approximately 40 days during which we are fully at your disposal for any further information that you may need.
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We will contact you to solve any doubts that may have arisen so that you can make a conscious decision to donate your eggs at GIREXX.
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You will have an appointment with a gynaecologist specialised in Human Reproduction (oocyte donation appointment) at which he will answer any question that you may have and he will also give details about the oocyte donation process and explain how it functions in our centre. By asking a few questions, a complete anamnesis of the donor and her direct relatives will be performed. The process to choose the most appropriate donor includes also a series of tests, a karyotype and a complete gynaecological examination. The donors must fulfil all the requirements mentioned above.
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You will have to follow a hormonal treatment for 10 days (subcutaneous administration). During these days the gynaecologist will perform regular ultrasound scans to check if the stimulation is appropriate and to assess how you respond to the treatment.
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The extraction of ova will be scheduled when the ovaries are stimulated enough. This process is carried out in an operating theatre with a light sedation to make it painless. It is a relatively quick process (10-15 minutes), after coming round and when the anaesthetist indicates it, the patient will be allowed to leave the clinic. After the extraction the donor might feel slight pain. Moderate rest is recommended for 48 hours.
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We recommend a gynaecological examination after the first menstruation. We are at your disposal throughout the process to answer any questions or doubts.