There are very few prerequisites before your treatment can start.
- Female partner's age
Pregnancy complications increase significantly with age and could compromise the mother’s and baby’s health. You must be 48 and 11 months or younger at the time your treatment begins. If you are between the ages of 44 and 48, we will need a letter from your OB/GYN, internist, or your family physician stating that it is medically safe for you to become pregnant.
- Select your frozen donor egg source
Egg banks have pools of frozen eggs from pre-selected egg donors for you to choose from.
Once you have finalized your selection, the egg bank will coordinate with our Embryology Laboratory to have your selected frozen donor eggs transferred to Bay IVF. The egg banks our embryologists recommend are Fairfax Egg Bank↗, Donor Egg Bank USA at California Cryobank↗, and Cryos International-USA↗.
- Pathogen testing
This testing is required by the State of California. You and your partner (if applicable) must be tested for Hepatitis B-Surface Antigen, Hepatitis C-Antibody, HIV I&II, HTLV I&II, and RPR.
If you have had any of these tests done within the last 12 months, they do not need to be repeated.
- Uterine measurement and saline ultrasound
Knowing the uterine length is necessary for accurate embryo placement; the saline ultrasound is used to rule out intrauterine polyps and fibroids.
- Semen evaluation
The male partner will have a semen evaluation at Bay IVF to determine the best laboratory method for future semen preparation.
- Genetic testing
All potential egg donors are genetically screened for over 100 genetic diseases.
The male partner should consider genetic screening. Please let us know at the time of your initial appointment at Bay IVF if you wish to have your blood sample sent for genetic screening.
- Lifestyle and reproductive health
Environmental factors have a significant impact on reproductive health. Please review Lifestyle and Reproductive Health page and Reproductive Health Check-off Form for a complete list of environmental reproductive health requirements and a source for dietary supplements.