What Screening Tests Will Be Necessary?
Once your on-line application has been reviewed and accepted, you will be required to complete some appointments and screening tests before you actually begin your treatment cycle, so that we can confirm that you are eligible to donate safely. Since many of these tests are required by the FDA, they MUST be satisfactorily completed before we can offer you for matching. These appointments and tests are described below and will be provided at no cost to you.
Screening & Requirements for Intended Egg Donors
During this visit, you will meet with Dr. Doyle and other members of CT Fertility´s medical and nursing team to review all aspects of your testing and treatment cycle; discuss the egg retrieval process in detail; and review any questions or concerns you may have. At that time we will assist you in completing the required FDA screening Questionnaire and appropriate consent forms.
We will also perform a physical examination including pelvic exam with Pap smear and cervical cultures. If this examination is not performed by one of our clinicians, then your physician MUST complete our donor physical examination form.
Blood work is also required, including FDA Screening Blood work (see list below) to prevent disease transmission during your donation. These tests include HIV-1/HIV-2, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, Hepatitis B Core Antibody, Hepatitis C Antibody, and RPR. This blood work MUST be performed by an approved laboratory. In addition, genetic counseling and testing is also required to ensure that your eggs will have virtually no chance of passing genetic disorders.
All donors are interviewed by our psychologist or social worker, and must complete a written psychological assessment called the MMPI. We will assess your psychological preparedness for the process and ensure adequate informed consent from a psychological perspective. Discussion is also focused on psychological issues that many of our past donors have identified as important and helpful to address.
Checklist of Required FDA Testing for Intended Egg Donors
Examinations and Consultations
- Consultation with CT Fertility Physician (Dr. Doyle)
- Physical Examination
- FDA Screening Questionnaire
- Psychological counseling / MMPI
- Genetic Counseling and Testing
- Medication Instruction
- Baseline Ultrasound (cycle day 3)
- Completion of Consent Forms
Blood work required by the FDA
- HIV-1 / HIV-2
- Hep B Surface Ag
- Hep B Core Ab
- Hepatitis C Antibody
- GC / Chlamydia cultures