Know More About Our Process
The first step is to submit your Egg Donor Application using our secure database. Someone from our Egg Donor team will get in touch with you to answer questions and help make sure you complete your on line profile. Make sure you provide as much detail as possible on the application sections. We ask for 8-15 pictures of yourself to be e-mailed to us to pot on your profile to show intended parents what you look like at varying ages from childhood to the present.
Getting Matched With Future Parents
Your online profile will be made· Available» once you complete the profile and submit your pictures. Future Parents can search for donors using our very private and secure database. They’ll be looking at details such as likeness, ethnicity, education.etc. When there are future parents interested in working with you, an Egg Donor Coordinator will contact you and get the screening process started.
The Screening Process
After you’ve been selected by parents, your Egg Donor Coordinator and the fertility clinic will work with you to schedule your medical screening appointment. This appointment usually involves a physical exam, genetic testing, STD testing and drug/nicotine screening and other blood tests. During your screening appointment the Egg Donor Nurse Coordinator will cover the entire donation process with you. You will also complete a background check and psychological screening in order to complete the screening process. Results from your medical screening are usually returned within 3·6 weeks.
The Legal Process
After you’ve received medical clearance, you’ll enter the legal part of the process. The contracts start with the recipients and their attorney and then go to you and your attorney. This can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks to complete until all parties are satisfied. This is paid for by the future parents.
Medications & Monitoring
Once you have legal clearance, you’ll receive your calendar for medications and monitoring and travel, if necessary. During this time you’ll give yourself daily injections to stimulate egg development using very small needles which go into the skin of the thigh or abdomen. You’ll also be monitored very closely by the clinic (or a selected local clinic if your fertility clinic is not near your home) and go in for blood work and vaginal ultrasounds to make sure that your body is responding well to the medications.
The Retrieval & Recovery
The retrieval itself is a minimally invasive, out-patient procedure in which you are given a mild sedative. The procedure takes less than 1 hour and after 30-45 minutes in the recovery room, you’ll be allowed to leave with your travel companion. Most donors tell us that they don’t remember the procedure afterwards. Your clinic will schedule a follow up session if appropriate. Your compensation check will be mailed to you within 10 business days following your retrieval.
The primary risk is Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This is relatively rare as careful monitoring is done by a fertility specialist. Symptoms include weight gain and extreme bloating. During screening with a physician, inquire about all risks and potential side effects of the medications and medical procedures. Egg Donor Risks & Complications.
Yes. A normal female has a pool of about 400,000 follicles (hence eggs) by the time of puberty. From these, only 400 will reach maturity and be ovulated. This leaves approximately 399,600 unused. By ovarian stimulation, we develop extra eggs that would otherwise be destroyed. This explains why the normal pool of ovarian follicles is not depleted by egg donation.
Once an egg donor is in cycle, the process is quite short, approximately 6 weeks. However, before beginning a cycle, an egg donor must be “selected” and this can sometimes takes several months.
Most appointments are scheduled for early in the morning so the egg donor will have as little disruption to her schedule as possible. The retrieval day will require an entire missed day. Most egg donors return to school or work the following day. Due to the time sensitive nature of the procedures, it is most important that an egg donor recognize the level of responsibility required in making and keeping appointments.
No. The prospective parents are responsible for all egg donor costs incurred as a result of an egg donation cycle. These expenses include egg donor compensation, all egg donor medical costs, insurance, attorney fees and travel expenses.
Egg donors are paid for their time, dedication and generosity. Egg donor fees vary by region and prior egg donation experience. Those who have exceptional qualities or advanced degrees may be paid more egg donor compensation. Learn more about compensation paid to egg donors.
Yes. The aspiration of eggs occurs before the eggs are released by the body. Therefore it is irrelevant as to whether an egg donor’s tubes are tied.
It is fine to be using birth control pills or other forms of contraceptives such as an IUD or Nuvo Ring. However, we cannot accept egg donors using Depo-Provera Injections as a form of birth control.
A physician will determine what medications will be given. Over the course of approximately 3 weeks, an egg donor will self-inject three different hormones. The first will prevent ovulation. The second hormone medication is responsible for the production of follicles (hence eggs). Lastly, a hormone medication will be given to mature the eggs and induce ovulation.
The medications taken for fertility treatment and egg donation are used throughout the United States and the world. This widespread use is the result of rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety by the scientific community and the FDA here in the USA.
Instructions will be given on how to administer the daily injections. All injections are subcutaneous (under the skin), so they are easy to self-administer. The syringes used have a very small needle and are usually well tolerated by the egg donor.
No. Eggs are retrieved vaginally. There is no surgical cut. For the egg donor’s comfort, the procedure is preformed under IV sedation. It is required that the egg donor have a companion to take her home as she is not allowed to drive after the egg retrieval.