What Happens After Receiving Eggs From an Egg Donor?
Before this day has even come you and your partner or if you're single, you have decided which sperm will be utilized. Will it be all one partner or will there be a split, where both parents are able to be genetically connected to future children. All of that is well decided before the egg retrieval day. Prior to the egg retrieval day, the donor has undergone about 10 days of injection medicine with ultrasound and blood work. At this time you usually have a pretty good idea for the number of eggs to anticipate.
On the day of the retrieval, we would have sperm already available and is ready to be mixed and fertilized. Five days after the retrieval, we look at the embryo development. At this time either they're frozen to be transferred to the gestational carrier or they're tested to be screened for things like pre-implantation genetic testing. We also screen embryos for chromosome errors to look for things like down syndrome or things that can lead to miscarriage. At this time we also learn the gender of the embryo.