Become an Egg Donor
Fact: Egg Donation is an amazing opportunity for you to help others. Many women are unable to conceive due to poor quality of their eggs, but with your help, their hearts and homes will be full.
Fact: During an egg donation cycle we only retrieve eggs that would have been otherwise discarded by your body through monthly menstruation. This means that the actual number of eggs you have left is not affected by donating your eggs.
Become an Egg Donor
Minimum requirements to become an Egg Donor
- Between the ages of 18 and 28
- Physically healthy
- Have a BMI 19-29
- Have regular, monthly menstrual periods
- Not using Depo-Provera injections as a form of birth control
- Have both ovaries
- Psychologically healthy
- No current use of psychoactive drugs
- No history of substance abuse
- No family history of inheritable genetic disorders
- Willing to take injections
- Dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments
Here’s what happens when you decide to donate your eggs:
- An Egg Donor clinic screening may include the following:
- Fertility Screening: Your ovaries will be examined for the ability to produce eggs through a physical/pelvic exam, and blood tests. To determine ovarian function and reserve you may also need to have a vaginal sonogram on the second or third day of menstruation.
- Medical Screening: This involves testing for blood type, infectious diseases and general health.
- Genetic Screening: Family history will be evaluated to raise awareness of possible hereditary diseases or genetic disorders. Testing consists of blood tests for genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and more.
- Psychological Screening: You will be asked to speak with a psychologist to make sure you fully understand the benefits and risks of egg donation; your motivation to become an Egg Donor will also be discussed.
- To begin the egg donation cycle you will be put on birth control pills, which synchronizes both yours and recipient’s menstruation cycles.
- After the third week of cycle, you will have a vaginal sonogram and then begin daily self-injections of Lupron hormones. Self-injections of Lupron will be administered for 7-14 days.
- Next, a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) will be self-injected for approximately 8-10 days to grow the egg follicles.
- Egg donors are monitored daily during the FSH injections to measure the follicle growth and make sure it is within a healthy and appropriate range. We use vaginal sonograms and blood tests to monitor the follicle growth.
- Another STI (sexually transmitted infections) screening will be given to you before egg retrieval.
- Once the follicles have matured enough for retrieval, an injection of HCG is administered. HCG prepares the your ovaries to release the eggs.
- Egg retrieval will take place approximately 36 hours after the HCG injection.
- You will be given a light IV sedation for the egg retrieval procedure to ensure your comfort. Under ultrasound guidance, the physician will pass a needle through the vaginal wall and aspirate the follicle fluid which contains the eggs.
- Egg retrieval is a short procedure, lasting 30 minute or less, however the you will rest for an hour or two at the clinic after the retrieval. This allows us to monitor you while the effects of the anesthesia are wearing off.
- Once the anesthesia has worn off, a friend or family member can drive you home. It is highly recommended that someone stays with you for the rest of the day, in the unlikely event that complications arise.
- You can return to your normal routine one day after retrieval, with the exception of physically strenuous activity or exercise.
- You will be compensated on the day of retrieval or next business day.
Compensation is very competitive at $8,000 for first time donors and more for repeat, proven donors.
Become an Egg Donor