Ovum Donation Procedure at Pulse Women's Hospital

Choosing A Donor

An important step in the ovum donation process is choosing a donor.  At PULSE, we respect that the process of determining the right donor is a uniquely personal decision. We have several resources, including a psychologist with expertise in fertility and family building, to assist in the decision-making process.

There are two basic types of ovum donors

Known donors:

These are most commonly sisters, but also can be cousins, nieces, friends, and sometimes acquaintances. Known donors must pass minimum screening criteria. They may be compensated or non-compensated. THIS IS NOT ALLOWED IN INDIA AS PER THE GOVT. OF INDIA GUIDELINES.

These are usually young women with excellent reproductive potential who are compensated for their time and efforts in assisting other patients in becoming pregnant.  Recruited donors may be found through the PULSE donor pool.

Using a donor from the PULSE

The team at PULSE recruits and screens a pool of in-house donors who are available for selection by patients.  In most cases, donors become available only after their screening has been fully completed and candidates have been designated as eligible according to all our guidelines. This includes full review of medical history, physical examination and testing for infectious disease.

What Is The Process?


A first step for prospective patients is to consult with one of our reproductive endocrinologists who will perform an evaluation and then discuss the various treatment strategies available to you.  Our Doctors strive to help guide you in understanding all aspects of the options available.  If you decide to proceed with a donor oocyte cycle, doctor will discuss what is required to prepare for your cycle.  The Doctor will perform a medical evaluation and physical examination to ensure that your health would not be jeopardized by pregnancy.

Cycle Preparation

A detailed examination is carried out and blood tests ordered to ensure that there is nothing which might interfere in fertilization, implantation and subsequent pregnancy. These tests include a detailed semen analysis, sonogram (a test which evaluates the uterine cavity) and basic blood work evaluating blood count and blood type.  In consideration of your overall health, we also require that you are up to date on recommended health screening.

Though women achieve high success rates with ovum donation throughout their 40s, the risks during pregnancy increase as age approaches 50.  If you are 40 or greater, additional testing is required to ensure that you enter your pregnancy in optimal physical condition. This testing includes a screen for diabetes, an ECG and clearance by a high risk obstetrician.

As part of preparation for the cycle, you will also meet with our psychologist to discuss your plans for ovum donation and to review the various decisions you will face now as you go through the process and in the future once you have a child born from ovum donation.


This is usually accomplished by administration of birth control pills to synchronize the ovum donor and recipient's cycles.  When the cycles are synchronized, the donor is instructed to take the medications to stimulate the growth and maturation of eggs, and is monitored by ultrasound and blood tests over the course of 10-14 days, until the eggs are ready for egg retrieval.  Meanwhile, the recipient will be taking different medication [ estradiol valerate and later progesterone pessaries ] to prepare the uterine lining for implantation of the embryos.

Legal Aspects

As per the Government of India Guidelines Form - M(1) needs to filled by partly the Ovum Donor and the reciepients.



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