TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
Egg donation is commonly used in situations in which a woman does not produce enough eggs, or if her eggs are unable to produce a healthy pregnancy. For example, women over 40 often require an egg donor because of normal aging processes.
Younger women with premature menopause or genetic diseases may also need a donor. More and more men are also opting to begin their families using egg donation.
Using in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, the donated eggs are retrieved and fertilized in our IVF laboratory.
The fertilized eggs develop into embryos which are then transferred into the recipient woman for implantation, and a healthy pregnancy is established.
CAN YOU DONATE?
Do You Qualify?
All potential egg donors must meet the following criteria:
» be between the ages of 21 and 31
» possess outstanding physical and emotional health
» be non-smokers and refrain from using recreational drugs
» carry no known genetic disorders
If you meet the above criteria, then please complete our online Egg Donor Application.
A REWARDING EXPERIENCE
Egg donors are compensated (per completed cycle) for their time and kindness. At our agency egg donors can set their own compensation.
Our egg donors receive compensation ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on your total number of cycles.
When one of our recipients chooses you to be a donor, we will ask them to write you a letter telling you a little about themselves - why they need a donor, where they live, why they chose you! We will forward that letter on to your email address and then call to let you know and to confirm your availability. Take a day or 2 to think about it and make sure you are ready to be a donor. Once your decision is made, you let your donation coordinator know and they will help you to get the ball rolling. All of your costs are paid by the recipients who choose you. This includes your doctor's appointments, scans, blood tests and medication.
Please keep in mind that certain clinics have a different way of doing things but this is the basic process of donation:
You meet the doctor, a fertility specialist who is going to be in charge of your donation. He will do an internal ultrasound to make sure your ovaries are healthy and in working order. You will also be sent for blood tests. The doctor will ask you to go on a birth control pill for around 2 or 3 months. This is used to sync your cycle up with your recipient's cycle.
You meet with the psychologist who spends an hour chatting with you. This is to make sure you are emotionally mature enough to donate.
Once all your tests and reports come back, the clinic coordinator will work out your donation plan. She will check with you via phone and email to make sure you are happy with the dates.
Usually around 2 months after your initial appointments the egg donation process will begin. This means you will stop the birth control pill and start doing injections every day for about 12 days.
You will go for approximately 4 or 5 scans during this time. The doctor will do an internal ultrasound to assess the growth of the eggs. Once they are almost ready to be retrieved, the doctor will ask you to do 2 final injections to help prepare the eggs for retrieval.