Our Egg Donors at Global Donor Egg Bank
Our egg donors come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and they have been carefully screened and tested extensively before being deemed eligible for donation. Medical and psychological testing according to FDA standards with a thorough background review of genetic, medical, and family related issues are performed to ensure that the donor’s eggs will produce favorable results for our patients.
Only the most qualified and healthiest egg donors are accepted according to the rigorous selection criteria of Global Donor Egg Bank. Each donor’s background and characteristics including education, personal statements and aptitudes are cataloged in her profile and made available for review by intended mothers, thus insuring a close physical match. We provide comprehensive information to our patients to make their selection process as easy and comfortable as possible.
A vaginal ultrasound is performed to evaluate the egg donor’s ovaries and follicle count, followed by a complete physical exam to insure compliance with FDA regulations. A psychological evaluation is scheduled with a licensed therapist. Then, our egg donor eligibility committee meets and decides if this donor is a good candidate for the Global Donor Egg Bank donation program.
When the eggs have matured, they are harvested with an ultrasound-guided vaginal ultrasound technique under intravenous sedation. The egg quality is determined by the scientists and only the mature eggs are frozen using our patented egg freezing technology.
- HIV, NAT type 1
- Combination HIV type 1 and 2 plus 0 antibody
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis B Antibody
- Hepatitis B Core IgG
- Hepatitis B Core IgM
- Hepatitis C Antibody
- Hepatitis C NAT
- RPR (Syphilis Serology)
- HTLV 1 & 2 antibody
- Neisseria Gonorrhea NAT
- Chlamydia Trachomatis NAT
- Drug Urine Screening
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Tay Sachs study (French Canadian donors)
Additionally, Global Donor Egg Bank uses a comprehensive panel to screen for specific genetic illnesses that can be transmitted by gene mutations. “COUNSYL” is a specially developed state of the art panel of tests formulated to detect 60+ genetic diseases.
Using a donor’s blood sample, her DNA is amplified and analyzed by a specially designed “reader.” and computer generated report is forwarded to our laboratory. An egg donor whose sample is reported as “positive” will become ineligible to donate her eggs.
Egg Donors Give the Gift of Life
The donor eggs at Global Donor Egg Bank are cryo-preserved and stored securely. By using frozen donor eggs, the recipient can avoid many potential complications and headaches usually associated with locating a fresh egg donor and synchronizing the ovarian cycle of the donor and the intended mother.
This also eliminates the egg donor’s travel costs often incurred by the future parents. All of this equates to reduced costs and savings by up to 50% for the intended parents.
Our Egg Donors receive all these screenings and tests…
- Physical Examination
- Psychological Examination
- Drug Usage Screening
- FDA Risk Assessment Questionnaire
- Generational Health History Questionnaire
- Infectious Disease Testing
- Cultures, Ultrasounds, and Blood Tests
- Genetic Testing according to ACOG & ACMG Recommendations