Egg Donor FAQ2020-09-08T09:15:00-05:00
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Become An Egg Donor FAQ

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN EGG DONOR?2020-09-08T11:05:38-05:00

An egg donor is a special woman willing to donate her eggs to help someone who otherwise would not be able to have a child. There are many reasons why a woman may need donor eggs, including ovarian problems, cancer, genetic risk factors or age. Egg donation involves a physician supervised IVF process in which the donor’s eggs are retrieved, fertilized outside of her body, and then transferred to an intended mother with the hope that the intended mother will become pregnant.

WILL IT HURT?2020-09-08T11:04:34-05:00

That will vary depending on the individual. In an average retrieval cycle you will be taking a series of subcutaneous (small needles injected under the surface of the skin) shots over an 8 to 14 day period to cause you to produce a number of mature eggs instead of the single egg that normally develops each month. Throughout the process, the doctor will use blood tests and ultrasounds to monitor your health and the development of your follicles. You should not feel any pain during the egg retrieval procedure itself because you will be under light anesthesia. Some donors have reported soreness and discomfort the following day.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?2020-09-08T11:02:26-05:00

Most of the side effects of fertility medications are minor and will vary depending on the individual. Some donors have reported bloating, nausea, hot flashes or headaches. We recommend that you talk to the doctor before beginning treatment if you have any questions, since he/she is best qualified to answer medical questions. The official website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (www.asrm.org) is also an excellent source of information on infertility treatments and medications.

WILL I BE PAID?2020-09-08T11:00:58-05:00

Donors are compensated for the time, inconvenience, and risks involved in egg donation. We offer compensation from $7,000 to $15,000+ per completed retrieval cycle, depending on the number of times the donor has worked with our program and other factors. In addition, donors are reimbursed for any long distance travel costs and receive an additional travel bonus ($500) if they are not local to the doctor.

WILL I HAVE TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK?2020-09-08T10:30:10-05:00

It is usually not a lot of time but you will have to miss some work to be an egg donor. Once you are matched with a couple, an average retrieval cycle requires from 5 to 7 doctor visits over a 6 to 8 week period. These visits can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the reason for the visit and the doctor’s schedule on any particular day. You will not be able to return to work the day of your retrieval. AND DUE TO THE ANESTHESIA YOU CANNOT DRIVE HOME THE DAY OF YOUR RETRIEVAL. For donors who travel, travel time will vary depending on your location and the location of the doctor. If you are willing to travel, speak with an AEB counselor. Donors receive an additional $500.00 bonus for long distance travel.

WILL I MEET THE RECIPIENT OF MY EGGS?2020-09-08T10:27:42-05:00

Most arrangements are anonymous, which means that you will not know the identity of your recipient and she will not know your identity. However, the recipient is given a copy of the biographical background information that you will fill out when you apply.


Your biographical background information includes a three-generation family health and genetic history, physical characteristics, educational background, sexual history, and talents and interests. We will also ask you to write a one-page letter explaining why you would like to be a donor. Since the recipient will not meet with you personally, some of our questions are meant to give you the chance to express your personality.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I DONATE?2020-09-08T10:24:53-05:00

American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines recommend no more than 6 completed retrieval cycles. We require that you take a few week rest period before you start the medical process for each successive arrangement.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?2020-09-08T10:24:01-05:00

The length of time is difficult to predict because it will vary widely depending on the circumstances. However, from the time you are selected for a match it usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks to complete your retrieval cycle. The biggest unknown is the amount of time it takes before you are matched with a recipient, which can range from immediate to indefinite.

CAN I BE AN EGG DONOR IF I AM PREGNANT?2020-09-08T10:19:47-05:00

No, you cannot be an egg donor while you are pregnant or nursing. In a retrieval cycle you have to take follicle stimulating hormones which might be harmful to your baby. You will also receive conscious sedation for the egg retrieval. If you are pregnant, your body is not currently stimulating eggs. You will need to have had at least two spontaneous periods after stopping breastfeeding before you can donate. You may apply while you are breastfeeding but we will not be able to match you until your cycles return.

WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP TO DONATE MY EGGS?2020-09-08T10:18:12-05:00

Your first step is to fill out fill out the online brief application. Our staff will then guide you through the application process.