There are some standard tests that are performed for each recipient couple. Once you’ve had your consult with your Nurse Co-ordinator the next step is scheduling these tests.
Bloods and reproductive immunology screening
At the outset, we take a blood sample from both you and your partner. Naturally, it is important to test for rubella immunity, hormone levels, and what we call infectious screening. Infectious screening will include tests for HIV, VDRL and Hepatitis B and C and HTLV 1&2.
We provide a comprehensive semen analysis service at Sims IVF to ensure that the best possible sperm sample is used in your cycle, maximising your chances of success. If you have already has a semen analysis at Sims within the past year you will not be required to repeat this stage.
Saline Infusion Sonography and trial stimulation to assess womb lining
A standard test called a saline sonography will be conducted. It’s performed to assess two major factors of success in treatment; the ease of transfer and how normal the inside the womb is. Doing a mock transfer beforehand ensures (i) the embryos can be out in as gently as possible and into the correct location in the uterus. Finally, at the same time a mock transfer (ii) checks that the inside of the womb is normal and that there are no fibroids or polyps which might reduce the chance of an individual embryo implanting and reducing the success of pregnancy. If you have already had an SIS at Sims within the last 12 months then you will not be required to repeat this test.
Implications counselling is a mandatory legal requirement for all couples wishing to avail of egg donation. You will also find that counselling for both of you is critical at this stage, before the treatment cycle actually begins, as it helps you to deal with the various questions and concerns that come up for you, some of which you may not have considered before.
Sims IVF provides resident counsellors who are familiar with the complex issues involved in engaging in the egg donation programme. They are conscious of the various nature of the procedure and the implications of a treatment that is relatively unconventional. They can help you to deal with emotional issues and concerns that will inevitably arise.
The results of these test and investigations will be reviewed by your egg donation coordinator and your doctor. Subject to the results you will be signed off to proceed with the next stage.