Egg Donor Screening & Testing
All potential egg donors undergo various tests to confirm that they are in good medical health, including a physical exam, as well as laboratory and genetic testing. Donors also provide comprehensive details about their medical and family histories and lifestyle habits, which are assessed to determine their suitability and to identify any potential risks for medical or genetic health problems.
It is a requirement that when a donor is chosen, all guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are followed. These requirements for egg donor programs include:
- Egg donors are screened by a 14–20 page questionnaire
- Multiple lab values are collected for egg donor screening
- Thorough egg donor evaluation for infectious diseases, recessive genetic diseases, drugs, and alcohol
Comprehensive egg donor screening also includes tests that measure a woman’s ovarian reserve: levels of AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). Most high-quality egg donors are between the ages of 21 and 30, and only once this extensive screening is passed, are they eligible to donate their eggs.