Texas Fertility Center

Egg Donor Screening

The TFC egg donor screening process

It typically takes about six weeks to complete the donor screening process. As outlined below, this process includes multiple steps designed to fulfill all of the screening requirements mandated by the FDA, while minimizing the cost for the intended parents. Therefore, rather than performing all testing at one time, donors move on to the next step only after successfully completing the current step. The screening includes testing for: infectious diseases, pelvic abnormalities, psychological disorders, and genetic conditions that could be passed on to a child.

Donor interview

After a potential donor’s completed application is received, she will be asked to come to the office for a 30 minute face to face consultation where the cycle will be discussed in detail and all questions can be addressed by one of our coordinators.

Drug screen and blood testing

You will be sent to a local laboratory following the interview for a drug screen and some blood testing. If this testing is normal, your profile will be placed on our active donor list for intended parents to view.

Sonogram for antral follicle count (AFC) and examination

Once your profile has been chosen by an intended parent couple, you will be asked to call our office on the first day of your menses to schedule a sonogram and a physical examination with one of our physicians. This sonogram will provide the physician with information about your potential to produce a sufficient number of eggs.

Psychological evaluation

After this sonogram and physical examination, you will be asked to schedule a psychological evaluation with one of our recommended psychologists.

Infectious disease screening (IDS) lab work

If the results from the psychological evaluation are acceptable, you will be asked to return to the lab for infectious disease screening. It takes approximately 10 days to receive the results of the infectious disease screening.

Genetic labs

Once we have the infectious disease results, you will be sent back to the laboratory for genetic screening. It typically takes several weeks to receive the results from genetic testing; you will be asked to go to the lab as soon as possible to avoid delays in proceeding with the cycle.

Next: The Egg Donor Cycle Process 


Fertility Story

Embryo Clearinghouse

The Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Texas and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine took steps to bring this program to life. TFC supported a bill that would have created a clearinghouse for embryo donation. HB1145 died in committee in April 2015, but it’s important to maintain momentum that began with HB1145.