How to Donate Your Eggs in South Africa
If you want to know how to donate your eggs in South Africa, you will be pleased to know that egg donation is a safe and well-established process, provided that you donate your eggs through a registered and professional fertility clinic or egg donation agency.
In this article we look at the ‘how to’ of donating eggs in South Africa, and also find out how to choose the right clinic and team so your egg donation experience is positive and special.
7 steps to donate eggs in South Africa
Over the last 26 years, our team at Cape Fertility has streamlined the process to donate eggs into 7 straightforward steps, to make it as easy for our egg donors as possible.
The first step is easy and quick: simply contact us. Thereafter, our team is with you, supporting you step-by-step, throughout your entire egg donation process, as well as after your egg donation is completed.
Let’s look at each one of the steps to donate your eggs.
Step 1 – Contact Us
Your journey starts with contacting our Egg Donor Fairy God Mother, Linda, on 066 22 55 003 or email@example.com or by simply filling in your contact details here… Rest assured that your information is 100% confidential and will under no circumstances be made available to anybody else.
Linda has many years of experience supporting egg donors and a wealth of information to share, and will gladly answer your questions and guide you further.
Step 2 – Complete the Questionnaire
Linda will help you to complete a confidential medical questionnaire so we can ascertain your suitability as an egg donor.
Step 3 – Complete Your Profile
If your medical questionnaire confirms your suitability to donate eggs, Linda will assist you in completing an Egg Donor Profile, which is anonymous and confidential. Your privacy and anonymity are guaranteed with us.
Your donor profile, which is seen by the potential moms-to-be, only shows details about your physical characteristics, medical background, education and hobbies, as well as childhood photos – never names, personal details or adult photos – so your donation is always anonymous and private.
Step 4 – Get Selected
Your donor profile is added to Cape Fertility’s world-class and secure database of egg donors from which moms-to-be can select their match: some look at physical characteristics that match their own and others look for similar lifestyle choices and interests.
Egg donation in South Africa is anonymous and confidential by law, and the disclosure of the identity of either the egg donor or the recipient is prohibited. As such, the donor profile seen by potential recipients only contain details about the donor’s physical characteristics, medical background, education and hobbies, as well as childhood photos – never names, personal details or adult photos – to ensure your donation remains anonymous.
Step 5 – Visit Us
Once your profile has been selected by a donor, we will arrange for you to come to visit us in Claremont, Cape Town.
At Cape Fertility, our team facilitates more egg donor matches than any other clinic in South Africa. Since there are fewer egg donors than couples who need eggs to achieve their dream of becoming pregnant, you have a very good chance of being selected to donate soon, if not immediately.
During your two-hour visit, you will meet one of our fertility specialists and our psychologist. We will explain the full egg donation procedure to you, answer all your questions in full and talk about any concerns you might have. During your appointment, you will also have a detailed medical examination, including routine tests and a psychological assessment.
Step 6 – Complete a Cycle
The next step is to complete an egg donation cycle.
During your egg donation cycle, our entire team is there for you 24/7 and will take care of all your needs as one of our egg donors. Our team has been caring for egg donors’ emotional and medical needs for decades and have safely completed thousands of donation cycles.
Our team consists of our dedicated Egg Donor Co-ordinator, Linda, who is better known as our Egg Donor Fairy God Mother, and a specialist medical team of fertility specialists, qualified nursing sisters, and our resident psychologist.
Your egg donation cycle starts with fertility injections for 10-12 days to grow your eggs. Most donors experience no side effects at all while on this medication. Some donors may experience PMS type symptoms like bloating, moodiness or pelvic discomfort. Any side effects will disappear when you stop taking the medication.
This is followed by about four doctor’s appointments over the next two weeks for regular ultrasounds. This is necessary to check the development of the eggs and to ensure that the medication you are taking is responding well with your body, to protect your health.
Egg retrieval day will require that you take a full day off work or your daily activities and arrangements for someone to take you home after the procedure, which takes about 30 minutes.
The egg retrieval is performed by one of our fertility specialist doctors using a vaginal ultrasound and a fine needle. We will give you a mild general anaesthetic, so you will sleep during the procedure. You will not experience any pain and there is no cutting, stitches or scarring. Some donors experience some discomfort similar to that experienced with a period, for which normal pain relief medication can be taken.
After the procedure, you will stay in recovery for about 1 hour before going home. Linda and our team will remain in constant contact with you.
On the day of and after your egg donation, you will also receive the maximum permissible compensation allowable by law in South Africa under the National Guidelines from the South African Society for Reproductive Medicine (SASREG), which is currently R8000 per donation cycle.
Step 7 – Stay In Touch
After your egg donation experience, Linda and our team will remain in contact with you.
You can decide whether you would like to remain available for another donation. Many donors donate more than once because they find the joy of helping to fulfil another’s dream such a rewarding experience. However, by law you may donate up to six times.
Where is the best place to donate your eggs?
It is extremely important that you are certain that the clinic at which you donate is a world-class medical facility, and dedicated to your care and medical safety.
By joining the Cape Fertility Egg Donor Program, you are assured that you are donating eggs at a leading South African fertility clinic, where you can expect dedicated one-on-one attention to make your egg donation process a positive experience.
We have been leading the way in egg donation since 1993 and for the last 26 years we have worked with thousands of egg donors in a friendly, relaxed and caring environment at our advanced, purpose-built facilities in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Don’t live in Cape Town? It is not a problem – all your travel and accommodation arrangements will be explained to you and all your expenses will be covered.
Your first step to donate eggs in South Africa
As we mentioned above, the first step is quick and easy: simply fill in your contact details here…, or contact our Egg Donor Fairy God Mother, Linda, on 066 22 55 003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, your information is 100% confidential and will under no circumstances be made available to anybody else.
Linda has been supporting egg donors for many years and has a wealth of information and experience to share. She will gladly answer your questions and guide you step-by-step in giving the gift of a lifetime.