What does becoming an egg donor entail in South Africa

Becoming an egg donor is a very rewarding experience: giving another woman – who doesn’t have her own eggs – the chance to still carry her own baby. It is a great gift to give. For this reason, becoming an egg donor in South Africa entails going through a number of steps, which also ensure your own safety.

If you become an egg donor at one of South Africa’s leading egg donor programmes, notably Cape Fertility, you can complete the steps in the safe, straightforward process described here. With many years of experience, our dedicated team has helped thousands of selfless, kind-hearted women like you in becoming egg donors in Cape Town, no matter where in South Africa you live.

Many thousands of couples around the world struggle with infertility and need healthy donated eggs to undergo the fertility treatments that could give them a baby of their own.

Thankfully, there is a group of very special women who become egg donors to help someone they will never know to fulfil their dream of having their own child.

At Cape Fertility, one of the largest and most reputable fertility clinics in South Africa, we have been leading the way in egg donation since 1993. Here, you can expect individualised and personalised care, because we value each individual patient and each individual egg donor. Over the last 30 years, we have simplified the egg donation process into seven steps, which means the process of donating eggs can be taken one simple step at a time.

Cape Fertility facilitates more egg donor matches than any other clinic in South Africa. We have many local and international recipients every month who require an egg donor.

Reach out to us

Your Egg Donor Fairy God Mother, Linda, is ready to chat with you – she 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 in deciding about giving the gift of a lifetime.

Connecting with Linda is the first step in becoming an egg donor, and it is simple and quick to do: simply contact her on 066 22 55 003 or linda@capefertility.co.za or fill in your contact details here. Your information is 100% confidential and will under no circumstances be made available to anybody else.

Meeting the medical criteria

Linda and her team will help you complete a confidential medical questionnaire that will confirm your suitability as an egg donor. If this medical questionnaire confirms your suitability to donate eggs, they will also assist you with the next steps.

Matching you to a mom-to-be

Matching you to a mom-to-be who needs an egg donation requires two steps.

The first is completing your Egg Donor Profile, which is completely anonymous and confidential. It 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 remains anonymous. Your privacy and anonymity are guaranteed with Cape Fertility.

The second step is to add your profile to Cape Fertility’s world-class and secure database of egg donors, from which moms-to-be can select their match. Your donor profile is only seen by potential recipients. These moms-to-be look at physical characteristics that match their own and others look for similar lifestyle choices and interests.

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.

When a mom-to-be selects your profile, Linda and her team will assist you with arranging the medical assessments required.

Medical assessments

Linda and her team will arrange for you to attend a 2-hour appointment, during which you will meet one of our fertility specialists and our psychologist. You will have a standard vaginal scan to check your ovaries and standard blood tests. You will also have a psychological session with our psychologist to discuss your decision to donate. During your appointment, we will explain the full egg donation procedure to you and you will be able to ask any questions and to discuss any concerns you have.

Complete an egg donation cycle

The next step is to complete an egg donation cycle. During your egg donation cycle, you will be cared for by a specialist medical team of fertility specialists, qualified nursing sisters, a resident psychologist and a dedicated egg donor co-ordinator, who have been caring for egg donors’ emotional and medical needs for many years and have safely completed thousands of treatments.

Linda and our team are there for you 24/7 and will take care of all your needs as one of our egg donors.

The egg donation cycle starts with fertility injections for 10-12 days to grow the follicles (eggs). You will need to attend about four doctor’s appointments over the two-week period for regular ultrasounds 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.

The egg donation (retrieval) is performed by one of our fertility specialist doctors under ultrasound guidance. Under a mild general anaesthetic, you will sleep during the procedure which takes about 30 minutes. You will not experience any pain during the procedure – and there is no cutting, stitches or scarring. After the procedure, you will stay in recovery for about 1 hour before going home.

By law, you can be compensated for reasonable expenses – such as getting to and from the clinic for the various appointments and for the procedure on egg donation day. At Cape Fertility Clinic, you receive the maximum permissible compensation allowable in South Africa, which is currently R8000 per donation cycle. This maximum compensation is paid by us, directly to you, on the day of and after your egg donation.

Complete another cycle, if you choose

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 of our donors return again and again, finding it such a rewarding experience that they gladly donate more than once.

The most important issue: your safety

The most important part of becoming an egg donor is to ensure your safety.

Always make sure that you only work with egg donation agencies and clinics that follow the SASREG ethical guidelines. Cape Fertility is a leader in the legal and ethical requirements, as set out by both the Department of Health and South African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).

At Cape Fertility Egg Donor Program, your care is our priority and attention to your medical safety during the donation process is our primary concern. At our leading South African fertility clinic, you can expect dedicated one-on-one attention – including face-to-face consultations with our experienced specialist team members – to make your egg donation a positive experience. Our team at Cape Fertility Clinic is with you, supporting you, throughout your entire egg donation process, as well as after your egg donation is completed.

Becoming an egg donor…

Take you first step to becoming an egg donor now by simply filling in your contact details here, or contacting our Egg Donor Fairy God Mother, Linda, on 066 22 55 003 or linda@capefertility.co.za. Remember, your information is 100% confidential and will under no circumstances be made available to anybody else.

We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly, professional and leading Fertility Clinic and Egg Donor Program!

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