The Egg Donor
Can we choose a donor?
It is the law in South Africa that egg donation is anonymous. However, the agency will provide you with a profile containing details about their physical characteristics, medical background, education, hobbies etc.
What’s the legal situation on egg donation in South Africa?
The National Health Act of 2004 regulates all gamete donations and the procedure is legal in this country.
What happens to the egg donor?
The egg donor has a detailed medical examination and psychological assessment prior to joining the programme.
The investigations performed on the donor are:
– HIV I and II
– HepBs Ag
– Hep C Ab
– CMV IgM
– Cystic Fibrosis
– Blood group and antibodies
Any other investigation can be done on the donor if requested but will the be charged separately
What treatment does the egg donor undergo?
The egg donor has fertility injections for 10 days to grow the follicles.She has regular ultrasounds to check the development of the eggs. The egg collection is performed under ultrasound guidance. This is a 10 minute operation where the eggs are collected using a vaginal ultrasound and a fine needle. This is done using anaesthetic in theatre.