Egg Donor FAQs

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EGG DONOR FAQS

What are the requirements of becoming an Egg Donor?
    • Be a female between the ages of 21 -29

 

    • Lives a healthy lifestyle and an excellent medical history

 

    • Be a non-smoker and non-drug user

 

    • Excellent family history

 

    • BMI (Body Mass Index) Appropriate for height and weight up to 28 BMI

 

    • Must have reliable transportation

 

    • Must have flexibility to attend morning appointments during the 10 to 12 days of your treatment cycle.

 

    • No new tattoos or body piercings within the last year.

 

How do I apply to become an Egg Donor?

Complete the egg donor application on our website or Click here (link to application). Completing the application will take no more than 20 minutes.

What is involved in the Egg Donation Process?
    • Admission Phase:  If your egg donor application meets our initial selection criteria, a member of our egg donor team will be contacting you. Our donor team will review the egg donor process and have you complete SLS documents required. Once the documents are completed we will activate your profile on our database for couples to review. Couples can view your medical history, family history and photos on our database. They will not be able to view your personal information.

 

    • Matching Phase:  Intended parents will review your information on our secure database and once they have decided that they would like to proceed with you as their egg donor, our team will contact you. Once matched, we will schedule you for a psychological evaluation and a genetic evaluation with a geneticist.

 

    • Medical Evaluation and Screening Phase:  An appointment with the IVF clinic will be scheduled once your genetic and psychological evaluations are complete. The medical evaluation and screening process involves a consultation with the IVF physician, infectious disease testing, drug testing and genetic testing. The results of the testing will take 2 weeks and if all results are within the normal parameters then the clinic will issue medical clearance.

 

    • Legal Contract Phase:  We will refer you to an attorney that specializes in assisted reproductive technologies to review the legal contract between you and the intended parents. The contract reviews the egg donation procedure, the risks and responsibilities of the egg donor. Your attorney will assure you understand the agreement, and your intended parents will pay for your attorney.

 

    • Treatment Phase:  In the treatment phase you will begin the donation cycle. The cycle is between two to four weeks depending on the length of birth control pills and your ovaries response to medication. Routine morning appointments for ultrasound and blood tests are scheduled at the IVF center from the start of injections until the egg retrieval. The physician will monitor the growth of the follicles until they reach a size of maturity. Once the follicles are mature you will be scheduled for your egg retrieval.

 

What are the egg donor’s responsibility?
    • Egg Donors are expected to be on time for their appointments

 

    • Egg Donors are expected to take their medication as instructed

 

    • Egg Donors are expected to abide by the clinic’s restrictions regarding intercourse, exercise, consumption of alcohol, exposure to second hand smoke etc.

 

    • Egg Donors are expected to check in with their egg donor coordinator with changes to their schedule, changes to their treatment plans and updates from their clinic

 

    • Egg donors are expected to arrange transportation to and from their IVF clinic on the day of their egg retrieval. You will need a travel companion on this day

 

    • Egg Donors are expected to communicate any problems to their clinic and their SLS coordinator.

 

How much are donors compensated?
    • First time Egg Donors receive $8,000 in compensation

 

    • Repeat Egg Donors receive $11,000 in compensation

 

    • We do offer egg donor compensations above $11,000 if the donor has amazing qualities that are difficult to find.

 

    • You will receive $750 of your total compensation at the time of your injection start. The remainder of your compensation will be received after your egg retrieval.

 

What are the differences between anonymous egg donation and open egg donation?

 

  • Some egg donation arrangements are anonymous which means no personal information is shared or exchanged between the donor and the intended parents.

 

  • Many open egg donation arrangements can be arranged if both parties are comfortable meeting each other and exchanging information. The level of communication and comfort can be arranged prior to the confirmation of the match.
What is an egg retrieval?

An egg retrieval is a technique used in IVF to retrieve the oocytes (eggs) from a woman’s ovaries. The procedure is performed by your physician under twilight sedation and is a 30-minute procedure on average. After the procedure you will be unable to drive for 24 hours due to the anesthesia.  Most donors will be able to resume their normal routine 24 to 36 hours after the procedure.

What types of medications will I be required to take throughout the process?

Medications will be used to suppress your ovulation and stimulate your ovaries during the stimulation phase. These medications are usually in the form of injections that you will self-inject daily subcutaneously. The names of some of these medications are Lupron, Follistim, Gonal F, Menopur, Novarel, HCG.

Will I be required to travel?

Travel will depend on your location and the location of the IVF clinic you will be working with. Your travel mileage, airfare, lodging, car rental and food allowance, will all be reimbursed and paid for by the intended parents.

How many times can I donate my eggs?

An egg donor can donate a maximum of six times, according to ASRM guidelines.

Are there any complications?

You can experience minor discomfort after the procedure or while taking the injections. Some of the common symptoms are bloating, headaches and cramping. There is a small risk of ovarian hyperstimulation, but the doctors we work with will monitor your ovarian response closely so decrease the risk of hyperstimulation.

Do I need medical insurance?

We recommend you have medical insurance but if you do not it does not disqualify you from moving forward with the egg donation process. Your intended parent will purchase complication insurance for your treatment cycle.

Will my future fertility be affected?

There are no long-term risks associated with egg donation per the physicians that we partner with. Your physician will be able to provide you with more information at the time of your medical evaluation and answer any additional questions you may have.

If you are ready to take next steps, please complete our online application.