Clinical tests before egg donation

Mentally I was extremely well prepared for the tests ahead, thanks to the information and support offered to me by those advising me through the process.

As well as the tests I’ve already described there were a few others that were needed to check everything was in working order. Checking that everything looks as it should do with my uterus and ovaries involves an ultrasound scan.

I had a really embarrassing experience when the doctor said she’d leave me for a minute to get myself prepared for the scan, so I hopped on the bed, lay back and held my jumper up, ready for that jelly stuff and an ultrasound scan, like I’d seen on the telly. But when the doctor returned she looked completely puzzled at my preparation and had to sit down and explain that ultrasound scans on stomachs were for women who were pregnant… all scans on my ovaries and uterus would be internal ones and could I please take my pants off! I felt really silly! But it just goes to show, if you’re not given clear instructions, then how would you know an ultrasound scan would be internal?! Anyway, the discomfort from my embarrassing mistake was far worse than the discomfort from the internal scan, so I was relieved about that.

I’ve never been bothered about smear tests, so the process of being scanned didn’t feel like unfamiliar territory; it wasn’t painful and the doctor was very thorough in explaining – almost! – everything. Something that surprised me about both clinics I worked with, is that once I’d shown interest in being an egg donor, I wasn’t immediately bombarded by someone with a clipboard and pen, trying to get me to sign my eggs away, before I changed my mind! All clinics invested a lot of time into ensuring I was fully informed and completely happy with my decision to donate and I felt I could back out at any time if I decided it wasn’t for me, this made the process and the decision far easier, given there was no pressure but a lot of support.