The eggs are retrieved from the ‘egg factories’ or the ovaries, through a minor invasive procedure, using an ultrasound probe and needle
The two ovaries, which are located on either side of the uterus within the female body, are the ‘egg factories’. In a normal woman a single egg is released each month, causing her to menstruate.
Fertility drugs are injected into a donor for 2-3 weeks inducing her to grow and release several eggs all at once. The dosage of drugs injected depends upon the response of the donor. Several visits to the doctor are required, as close ultrasound monitoring marks this period. Once the eggs are mature enough, a drug, which initiates their release, is injected. The released eggs are retrieved from the ovaries through a minor invasive procedure, using an ultrasound probe and needle. Once the eggs are collected, the role of the donor comes to an end.
The eggs are then taken to the laboratory and mixed with the intended father’s sperm. This is followed by a period of incubation. If fertilization ensues, the resulting embryos are transferred into the donee’s uterus.