Using the program of surrogate motherhood for gay couples and individuals requires choosing an egg donor. At BioDads we offer you the choice of egg donor from a wide database. All candidates are physically and mentally healthy. Donors are extensively tested for genetic and infectious diseases. Egg donors should be under 29 years old because of the increased risk of chromosome abnormalities resulting from the eggs of an older woman. All egg donors should have at least one healthy child, have no infectious, chronic or genetic diseases. Prior to participating in the program all candidates are thoroughly tested and they undergo certain screening tests, including genetic tests in order to avoid the risks of passing on diseases or deformities to any resultant child. The tests are valid for three months. After an egg donor has been matched with gay intended parents, she will undergo a screening process prior to starting the egg donation cycle. Sometimes we have available and ready to start egg donors with recent tests.
So, a potential egg donor should be:
- Between the ages of 18 and 29
- Physically healthy
- Psychologically healthy
- No bad habits
- Have regular, monthly menstrual periods
- Have both ovaries
- No current use of drugs
- No history of substance abuse
- No family history of inheritable genetic disorders
- Dependable, mature and reliable
All candidates for egg donors should undergo screening before participating in the program, including:
- Fertility Screening: our specialists examine donor’s ovaries for the ability to produce eggs through a physical/pelvic exam, and blood tests.
- Medical Screening: this involves testing for blood type, infectious diseases, drug use and general health.
- Genetic Screening: the possibility of hereditary diseases or genetic disorders will be evaluated through family history.
- Psychological Screening: we ask all candidates to speak with a psychologist to make sure she fully understands the benefits and risks of egg donation, and has proper motivations for becoming a donor.
All candidates also do tests, such as:
- HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia
- Full chromosome analysis (karyotype)
- Genetic diseases
- Fertility evaluation including hormone testing and ultrasound evaluation of the ovaries