Egg Donation SA
Founded in 2007
Egg Donation South Africa (EDSA) is the first truly South African egg donor agency.
Our core objective is to provide our clients with a superior service which we hope will fully meet, if not exceed, your expectations.
We understand how frustrating it can be in cases where a donor does not pass her screening. At Egg Donation South Africa, all of our donors have been pre-screened by a fertility specialist. Pre-screening includes, psychological assessment, drug screening and genetic testing for some common conditions, Antral Follicle count and full medical history.
Our donors are also counselled by an IVF Nursing Co-ordinator who explains in detail what the donor may expect during her donation process. All this gives you peace of mind, and you can be assured that your donor has been tested and counselled for suitability before you see them on our website.
Please contact us to receive a password to access our secure donor profiles. The profiles will include a medical profile, a personality assessment, and a voicenote of the donor, handwriting analysis and an astrological natal chart.
If you find donor(s) that you are interested in, we will immediately confirm the availability of the egg donors for your preferred treatment period.
Once you have made your final choice, we will inform your preferred clinic of your match. At this stage, your clinic’s IVF Coordinator will contact you to start planning your treatment.
We have provided a step-by-step guide below for you, detailing what you can expect, from choosing your perfect donor until your embryo transfer:
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Future Parents Process
Medical Questionnaire & Tests
- Female Recipient
- Female Recipient Blood tests:
- An HSG (hysterosalpingogram)/hysteroscopy/saline infusion sonogram (this is optional, but may be requested by your treating doctor after reviewing your medical history and ultrasound scan result)
If applicable to you, your husband/partner will be required to provide us with the following:
- Blood tests:
- A recent semen analysis
Please Note: All results need to be less than 12 months old
Donor Screening & Treatment Plan
At this stage, your donor will undergo a medical and psychological screening. Once she has been approved by your doctor to donate her eggs, your treatment cycle will be confirmed. You will be sent a detailed treatment program; including the date and time of your first appointment at the clinic, which will be scheduled to coincide with day 12 of your donor’s stimulation cycle.
At this appointment, your doctor will perform a vaginal ultrasound scan to check the thickness of your endometrium (lining of the uterus).
A lining scan may be requested prior to your trip to Cape Town (if you have had lining development problems in the past). Please discuss this with your doctor and IVF coordinator.
** Please Note: that you will be required to stay in Cape Town for a minimum of 12 – 14 days. Should you require travel/accommodation recommendations, please check HART Fertility Clinic’s Travel Guide for full information where to stay/what to do, in this beautiful city.
Donor Egg Retrieval
Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilised using your partner’s (or a donor’s) fresh or frozen sperm. Should you be using fresh sperm, details pertaining to obtaining a sample will be given to you at your first appointment at the clinic.
Your embryos will be cultured in a laboratory for 3-5 days. You will be informed when to come in for your embryo transfer (ET).
Because of the high pregnancy success rates with egg donation, only 1- 2 embryos will be transferred. Any additional good quality embryos will be frozen with your consent, for use by yourself at a later date.
The ET procedure is quick and painless, similar to a gynaecological examination or pap-smear. An abdominal ultrasound will be used by the doctor to visualise the transfer of the embryos. A fine plastic tube (catheter) carrying your embryos will be introduced into the uterus to insert your embryos. You will rest for 15 minutes after the transfer and will be advised against any heavy exercise for the remainder of that day.