The next step was to get me synchronized with the donor. The process seems complicated but is fairly simple. The recipient (me) has to start taking meds after her LMP (last menstrual period) that thicken the endometrium, or uterine lining. This gets the uterus ready with a nice soft cushion into which the transferred embryos can burrow. Once the recipient’s uterus is ready, she keeps taking drugs to maintain the status quo—a kind of holding pattern until the donor is ready for egg collection. Once she gets her period, the donor has to take a shopping cart full of drugs to stimulate ovulation. After a series of ultrasounds to measure and assess egg development, the clinicians at Vistahermosa decide on a date for egg collection, which is a minor surgical process.