The recipient couple is screened for infectious diseases including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, viral hepatitis, and HIV. In addition, the recipient couple is interviewed by a mental health professional to explore their views on egg donation, expectations, and potential ramifications of preparing a baby conceived through egg donation.
Screening of Recipients of Advanced Reproductive Age (>45)
There are many physiological changes which takes place during a normal pregnancy.
Pregnancy places extra strain on the heart, liver, and kidneys, and may worsen pre-existing medical illnesses such as high blood pressure (hypertension), Diabetes Mellitus and heart disease.
All recipients who will be greater than 45 years of age at the time of delivery must be evaluated by a primary care physician, and obtain medical clearance to proceed with an attempt at conception.
In addition, it is recommended that women of advanced reproductive age consult with a perinatologist (an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancies) to explore the issues of prenatal care and delivery.