If you pass the screening process, you will be scheduled to start the process of ovarian stimulation. This is necessary to ensure you have a successful egg retrieval. You will administer daily injections of hormones at home for 9 to 14 days to increase the number of eggs that are matured each month. Typical side effects are similar to what most women experience during a normal period. During this time, you will come to the clinic often to monitor your care and ensure the medications are working well.
The donor will take the following medications:
Birth Control Pills: Suppresses hormone production.
Gonal-F/Follistim and Menopur: Stimulates growth and the maturation of eggs.
Dexamethasone: Prevents excess secretion of male hormones to allow the maturation of eggs.
Cetrotide or Ganirelix: Prevents premature ovulation.
Lupron Trigger: Stimulates the body’s normal LH surge that triggers ovulation.
Novarel/Pregnyl/HCG Trigger: Causes final maturation of the eggs.
Doxycycline: Prevents infection after egg retrieval.
Docusate Sodium: Prevents constipation.
Tylenol with Codeine: Relieve pain and discomfort following retrieval.
The donor will not be charged for these medications.