Who can be a donor?

The legislation specifies that any women who wish to do so and meet the following requirements can be egg donors:

  • They must be over 18 and under 35 years old.
  • They must be in good physical and mental health.
  • They must sign the corresponding contract.
  • They must have the necessary legal capacity to give their authorization.

To be a donor it is necessary to attend an authorised centre that has a donation program and follow a process in which all the necessary information is provided and the state of physical and mental health of the donor is evaluated.

For this reason, the candidate will undergo a medical check-up including personal and family background as well as a physical examination containing information relating to:

  • Size, weight.
  • Skin colour.
  • Eye colour.
  • Hair colour.
  • Hair texture (straight, wavy, curly, other).
  • Blood group and Rh factor.
  • Race.

The following studies will also be carried out on donors:

  • Karyotype.
  • Haemogram, glucose, renal function, hepatic function and coagulation tests.
  • Serology for Rubella, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
  •  Urethral, rectal and endocervical cultures for the detection of STDs.
  • Smear or Papanicolau test.
  • Gynaecologic ultrasound.
  • Breast examination.

This means that a woman who is a candidate to be an egg donor is subjected to a free, full medical and gynaecological examination. This examination, essential to guarantee your state of health, will allow you to obtain concrete information on your physical and analytical state.