Is there a cut-off age to receive donor eggs?
Yes, the clinic’s protocol indicates that a recipient of donor ova may not be older than 52 years of age, however the decision remains within the discretion of the treating physician.
What are the requirements for a donor?
Must be aged between 18 and 22 years, have a minimum qualification of a South African matric certificate or an equivalent high school qualification, have a normal body mass index (BMI), in other words not be underweight or obese. There are other factors that also play a role that are determined by the doctor during the donor’s medical screening.
What information will be given to me about the donor?
Unidentifiable biographical, medical, social and personal information that is relevant to donation.
How does the selection/matching of a donor work?
Once the recipients have decided on which type of donor treatment they would like to use – fresh or frozen donor ova, they will need to complete their profile form to provide the clinic with any specific requests they might have. This will serve as a guideline for the clinic to provide the recipients with a few profiles of donors that seem best fitted to their needs. If the recipients find a donor that they feel is best suited, the matching/selection process is complete.
Is the blood type of the donor important?
The donor’s blood type is not important from a medical point of view. Embryo implantation and potential complications are not influenced by the donor’s blood type. A possible reason why donors are selected with a blood type that complements the female recipient is that the intended parents might choose not to disclose the use of a donor to their children.
What is the approximate timeline for the donation procedure?
Once the recipients have selected their donor, a fresh ova donation cycle can take approximately six weeks, depending on the availability/stimulation of the donor. Frozen donor cycles are relatively quicker, taking approximately four weeks, as the cycle is only dependent on the recipient’s cycle.
Will I be able to have more than one child from the same donor?
If the donor’s live birth quota has not yet been reached, you will be able to have more than one child from the same donor.