Egg donors are women who are generally under 29, in excellent health, and are willing to give their eggs to a man, same-sex, or LGBTQIA+ couple so they can have a baby of their own. This woman has generally sought out an agency like ours that is very open to same-sex and LGBTQIA+ surrogacy because we help match the donor with great intended parents like you and then help navigate the egg donation process, from the initial medical screening to the final egg retrieval.
Once you’ve chosen an egg donor, most agencies will then begin a screening process to make sure the donor is physically capable of handling the various fertility medications and that her ovaries are functioning normally. Great Beginnings Surrogacy Services (GBSS@Gen5) helps take the anxiety out of the matching process + speed you on your way to parenthood by pre-screening all our egg donors. When a match is set, the egg donor begins a series of medications under the care of a fertility specialist.
The medication causes her ovaries to release more eggs than they normally would. With a healthy young woman under the right circumstances, a donor may provide between 8-10 healthy eggs. Once the eggs are retrieved through a short medical procedure, the egg donor is compensated her previously agreed-upon sum, and her part is done.
*Note: Egg donors are not always found through an agency. When dealing with same-sex and LGBTQIA+ couples, it is not uncommon for a family member or friend to be willing to go through the process as their gift. When handled correctly, this can be a beautiful arrangement as you may want your child(ren) to have ongoing contact and relationship with their donor (called a “known donor”). However, some same-sex and LGBTQIA+ couples prefer the anonymity of the agency route, where the donor doesn’t typically expect much interaction with the LGBTQIA+ parents, either during or after the process. Once eggs are retrieved, the next step is to fertilize them.
Turning Eggs Into Embryos Once eggs are retrieved, the next step is to fertilize them. In the situation of a male same-sex couple, both men may choose to provide sperm while other times only one will. Laboratory staff will use the provided sperm and fertilize the eggs using IVF-related procedures. The next step is putting one or two of the best-fertilized eggs into a uterus. For that, same-sex or LGBTQIA+parents frequently need a surrogate.