Egg Donor Program

Egg Donor Application
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make a wish come true

By donating your eggs, you have a unique opportunity to help a couple fulfill a lifelong dream of having a family. You can give a priceless gift that lasts a lifetime.

Who can be an egg donor?

You may qualify for our anonymous egg donor program if you are a woman between the ages of 19 and 30, have two healthy ovaries, are a non-smoker, have normal body weight (BMI < 30), and have some college education. Women from any ethnic background may qualify.

How much will I be paid?

You are not paid for your eggs, but rather compensated for your time and effort that you have invested in the process. If you are accepted as a donor, you can expect to receive $2,500 at the end of the first donation cycle; and $3,000 at the end of the second and subsequent donation cycles. You will also have the immeasurable fulfillment of possibly helping an infertile couple become parents.

How many times can I donate?

You may donate a maximum of four to six times.

Will it hurt when my eggs are taken?

The egg retrieval involves only minimal, if any, discomfort. It is an office-based procedure that does not require any visits to the hospital. You will undergo gentle sedation using intravenous (“in the vein”) medications. There is no incision or stitches, and you should be able to resume your normal activities the next day.

Can I donate anonymously?

Yes, the anonymity of both donors and recipients is completely protected by our program, in strict accordance with the guidelines set by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and the ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine).

What are the criteria for being accepted as a donor?

You must have current medical insurance, and undergo physical and medical screening to ensure that you are a suitable donor.

I have been asked to be a donor by a friend or relative. Can I be a known donor?

Yes, if you are between the ages of 19 and 36, and have sufficient ovarian function. You must also undergo the same medical screening tests as an anonymous donor, such as HIV, hepatitis, and psychological screening.

If I want to have a baby later, could my eggs be used up by donating?

No. Each woman is born with a lifetime supply of eggs in her ovaries, with plenty to spare. You were born with tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of eggs in your two ovaries. During each of your monthly cycles, a few eggs will naturally die. You can give the precious gift of parenthood by donating some of these eggs that would otherwise be unused.

Are there any long-term risks of egg donation?

There are no long-term risks to your health with egg donation. Women who donate their eggs retain their future fertility and do not go through menopause at an earlier age.

If each woman is born with so many eggs, why is there a need for donated eggs?

Some couples need donor eggs to become parents because the woman’s ovaries do not produce enough healthy eggs, due to her age, premature ovarian failure, or other problems. Some women may have a genetic disorder that they do not want to pass on to their children. For many, the reason why their eggs are unable to fertilize and become a healthy embryo may be unknown. Whatever the reason, your donation can help make the dream of parenthood possible.

Is there a real need for egg donors?

Yes, there is a real shortage of egg donors both locally, regionally, and nationally. Many couples who could benefit from egg donation often wait many months for a suitable donor to become available.

What is the egg donation process?

Qualification

  • You will participate in an initial introductory overview with our staff, and complete a comprehensive medical history questionnaire and personal profile to be officially qualified for our egg donor program.
  • The donation process will be discussed in detail in a consultation with a nurse coordinator and a physician from our Donor Team, making sure that you understand the process each step of the way.
  • Several medical screening tests are necessary to complete the medical portion of the donor application process. These tests must be performed at specific points throughout your menstrual cycle and for that reason, may require more than one visit.
  • After all testing is completed, reviewed and approved by the Medical Director of our Donor Team, you will be formally matched with a recipient couple and the donation cycle will be scheduled. All costs for your medical care will be covered by the recipient couple.

Egg Donation

  • At the beginning of the egg donation cycle, you will be given medications for up to 12 days to stimulate multiple egg production in your ovaries.
  • During this time, you will need to be monitored in our office every one to two days. Blood samples and ultrasounds will be used to check your hormone levels and determine the number and size of your egg follicles. These monitoring visits are extremely important to safeguard your health throughout the process, and to properly time the egg retrieval process, which is critical to maximize the chances of a successful cycle.
  • At a time determined by the physician, you will be given IV sedation and your eggs will be retrieved via transvaginal ultrasound.
  • Once the eggs have been retrieved, your portion of the egg donation process is complete.

Embryo Transfer

  • In our laboratory, the donor eggs are mixed with the recipient partner’s sperm, and hopefully fertilize. Three to six days following egg retrieval, the developing embryos will be transferred to the recipient’s uterus, which has been previously prepared through medications to receive the embryos. A pregnancy test will be performed on the recipient in 11 days.