Egg Donation SA
Founded in 2007
Egg Donation South Africa (EDSA) is the first truly South African egg donor agency.
Short Overview of Your Donor’s Treatment and Preparation?
The donor will be required to undergo a medical examination prior to her donation. This will include some procedures that have already been done at her prescreening. She will also undergo a pelvic examination, blood tests to check her hormone levels and to test for infectious diseases.Once she passes her screening the donor will then begin the donation treatment. It can take approximately four to six weeks until your embryo transfer takes place.
We are available to answer any questions you may have at any stage in the process. We look forward to walking with you on your journey to parenthood.
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Approved Donors Process
Egg donors are healthy, young women between the ages of 19 and 29. Egg donation in South Africa is completely anonymous; however, you will be provided with a comprehensive donor profile to assist you with the selection of your perfect donor.
To commence your search for an egg donor, you can view our secure donor profiles here.
Once you have selected your perfect egg donor, she will undergo a medical assessment with your treating doctor.
The screening will include the following:
1. Transvaginal Pelvic Ultrasound to determine AFC (antral follicle count)
2. Blood Tests
- HIV I and II
- RPR (Syphillis)
- HepB s Ag
- Hep C Ab
- Cytomegalovirus IgM
- Blood group
- Cystic Fibrosis dF508
*Additional blood tests can be performed at an additional cost if requested
Donors will need to undergo a psychological evaluation with our psychologist or social worker, as it is important to us that the egg donation process is a fulfilling one, not just for the recipient, but for our donors too. This allows donors to discuss any concerns or thoughts they have, with our psychologist about donating their eggs.
Please note: All of EDSA’s approved donors have successfully completed psychological screenings, upon joining our program. Donors are required to repeat these sessions annually.
Donor meets Lab Coordinator
Donors will first be screened by our egg donor coordinator and a medical doctor who specialises in the field of reproductive medicine. The donor will then meet with the IVF coordinator who will take the donor through the final steps of the process, and will at this stage, answer any further questions the donor might have before commencing with the treatment plan.
Once your donor has passed the screening phase of the process, she will also be issued with a treatment protocol, overseen by your IVF coordinator.
Your donor will take fertility stimulation injections for 10-12 days. These injections are used to grow follicles/eggs. Your donor undergoes approximately 3 follicle scans during the treatment phase of the donation.
Once your egg donor’s follicles have reached the desired size, her egg retrieval procedure will be booked. You will be kept updated on this.
The egg retrieval is a 15-minute procedure done under light general anaesthesia. The eggs are retrieved using a vaginal ultrasound probe and a fine aspiration needle.
Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilised using the recipient’s partner’s (or a donor’s) fresh or frozen sperm.