16 Things You Need to Know About Donating Your Eggs (2022)

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1. Egg donation is a highly regulated part of fertility treatments. 2. There are three main ways of donating your eggs: through an agency, through a clinic that runs a donor service, or doing a directed egg donation. 3. Accepting a large payout for a specific directed egg donation isn’t always recommended. 4. It’s recommended to only donate six times. 5. to donate eggs, you need to undergo a series of psychological and physical screenings. 6. Since the screening process of egg donation is so intensive, only a very small percentage of people who’ve expressed an interest in donating, are eligible to donate. 7. Your STI history can also impact eligibility. 8. According to Dr. Levine, the best candidates for egg donation are women who have graduated college, who are between 26-32 years old and have regular periods. 9. You’ll most likely need to be matched with a recipient before starting the donation process. 10. Dr. Levine says women should do some research to find out who does the best IVF treatments. 11. Egg donation can be fatal. 12. It’s a red flag if the clinic won’t protect your anonymity or only works with one agency. 13. The actual process of egg donation takes two weeks, however the screening process can take six weeks. 14. You shouldn’t have sex until your next period after completing an egg donation cycle because you’re very fertile at this time. 15. all types of women donate eggs. 16. It’s not all about the money. Become an Egg Donor – Apply with CCrm Today! FAQs Related content Videos

If you’ve ever wondered about donating your eggs, but have a ton of questions about the process, you’re not alone. Here, Dr. Brian Levine, of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York City, Dr. Kate Devine and Michele Purcell, RN, of Shady Grove Fertility in Washington D.C., answer some commonly asked questions about egg donation, what to expect from the process, and things to look out for to ensure your safety throughout the process.

1. Egg donation is a highly regulated part of fertility treatments.

Dr. Levine says that the FDA treats eggs just like any other organs when it comes to donations, and there are lots of rules and regulations in place to become an egg donor, just like with any tissue donation.

2. There are three main ways of donating your eggs: through an agency, through a clinic that runs a donor service, or doing a directed egg donation.

Agencies are basically headhunters and can pay more depending on the specifics of a donor. Compensation varies but Dr. Devine says, “Appropriate compensation for eggs donors should be based on the local cost of living and should cover her lost wages, mileage, parking, and other expenses.” For example, she explained that in the Washington DC area, compensation for donors ranges from $6,000 – $8,000. Going through an agency, however, you can earn up to $25,000 for donation. You can also seek out an agency or clinic with a donor service on your own, without being headhunted by them. There’s also directed egg donation, which could be a donor donating eggs directly to a family member or friend, but without the process of the agency or clinic doing the matchmaking for them. Levine also adds that some families who have specific criteria, like wanting a donor who goes to Harvard, might put an ad in the Harvard newspaper and pay anywhere from $25,000-$50,000 for that directed donation.

3. Accepting a large payout for a specific directed egg donation isn’t always recommended.

The suggested compensation guidelines are specifically in place to make the process of egg donation not financially coercive. Michele Purcell, director of the egg donor program at Shady Grove Fertility in Maryland, discourages that practice, and says “You really want to identify women that are doing it for the right reasons. And that’s that they’re helping someone else while also helping themselves, and sometimes, those ads that patients may place, the emphasis is much more on the financial benefit. And you worry about situations like that, that the woman might be donating her eggs just based on the financial compensation. Then in the long run, she might regret that donation [which] could impact her for the rest of her life.”

4. It’s recommended to only donate six times.

Levine says this is both for the health of the donor, and also so there aren’t a bunch of half-siblings running around unknowingly. Levine says there’s no national registry or forced disclosure policy in the U.S, so parents don’t have to tell their children if they came from an egg donor or not. Because of this, the six time limit is not very well monitored. Someone could donate six times at one hospital, and then six times at another, though you’d hope they wouldn’t. Sperm banks also have a limit to the amount of times you can donate, though it varies from place the place. The guidelines stated by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggest a donor limitation to 25 live births per population area of 850,000.

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5. to donate eggs, you need to undergo a series of psychological and physical screenings.

Psychologically, doctors want to make sure you’re of sound mind and comfortable going through the donation process. There are also several physical screenings to undergo. According to FDA regulations, you can be disqualified if you’ve gotten tattoo or piercing where sterile procedures were not used (or if it is unclear whether sterile procedures were used) in the last 12 months. Doctors may also check your travel history to make sure you haven’t been to a Zika-affected country in the past six months. Levine says young women will often come in wishing to donate their eggs, only to realize they’re ineligible because they recently traveled to Mexico for Spring Break. In the physical exam, they’ll also check your blood work and do an ultrasound to see how many eggs you have, and the likelihood of getting a good outcome. Dr. Devine explains that the screening process for an egg donor is usually mutually beneficial. “This [info] may serve that egg donor very well, whether or not she’s ultimately accepted to donate her eggs, because she gets information on her own fertility and reproduction that she otherwise might not have.”

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6. Since the screening process of egg donation is so intensive, only a very small percentage of people who’ve expressed an interest in donating, are eligible to donate.

Rates vary from clinic to clinic, but this is due in part to the strict screening process. Levine says at his clinic only about 10% of people who do an initial screening make it to the second step. After that group is whittled down, usually only 10% of that second group makes it to the actual donation process. Levine says out of a hundred people who fill out a survey online, only one ends up becoming a viable egg donor. Purcell says at Shady Grove, they have around a 3-4% acceptance rate. Purcell notes that the majority of potential donors are washed out between the application process and the second stage. Sometimes women don’t meet the age requirements for donation, sometimes they don’t live locally enough (a person from California applying for an East Coast based fertility clinic), and BMI requirements are also responsible for a lot of drop outs.

7. Your STI history can also impact eligibility.

Levine says that although they screen for STIs, the tests they run are mostly looking for HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, active gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Levine says, “HPV is so incredibly common amongst the young sexually active population, that we can’t discriminate against that. If you’re having an active [herpes outbreak], we probably wouldn’t want you to cycle, because you’re probably very uncomfortable, but in general, just having herpes antibodies or having HPV on your pap in the past is not going to preclude you from becoming a viable egg donor.” Purcell agrees, “There’s not a big concern that that would be transmitted through an egg.” However, FDA regulations will not let you donate if you have been treated for gonorrhea, or chlamydia within the last 12 months. And if you test positive for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or syphilis, you can’t donate, as those can be transmitted and passed on.

8. According to Dr. Levine, the best candidates for egg donation are women who have graduated college, who are between 26-32 years old and have regular periods.

Purcell says that while they recruit women from ages 21-32 at her clinic, it is such a big decision to donate eggs, that she personally prefers donors to be over 25 since at that age you’re potentially more mature. BMI requirements also vary from clinic to clinic; At CCRM, Dr. Levine says their BMI recommendation is 24, though it’s not their only cut-off. At Shady Grove, their BMI cut off is 28. Obviously BMI isn’t the only indicator of good health, but Purcell notes that “[BMI] can impact the ease of the egg retrieval…and it can impact how you metabolize drugs, and also impacts your overall selectability by a recipient — if a recipient is looking at a donor’s profile and wants to identify a donor that they view as healthy.”

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9. You’ll most likely need to be matched with a recipient before starting the donation process.

It’s not like sperm donation in the movies, where someone pops into a clinic, does their stuff, and leaves the clinic to deal with any matching. Since egg freezing is still a relatively new technology, a donor mostly waits to match up with a recipient couple before undergoing the process. At Shady Grove, Purcell says only about 12% of their cycles are previously frozen eggs, while the rest are donors and recipients undergoing the treatment together. Dr. Levine at CCRM also says that the majority of their egg donations are also “fresh” and fertilized at the time of the collection.

10. Dr. Levine says women should do some research to find out who does the best IVF treatments.

Levine recommends going to the CDC’s published fertility rate reports, calling up the best clinics, and telling them you’d like to become a donor. Regardless of if you want to donate your eggs through a clinic or an agency, you can still call up clinics and see which agencies they work with. Purcell also recommends asking the clinic about possible risks and what are those risks at that particular clinic. “We could give overarching risks but then what are the risks at your fertility clinic: How many cases of infection, or bleeding, or OHSS do you see in a year?” Dr. Devine says that one of the first questions any potential egg donor should ask going into a clinic is if that clinic adheres to ASRM guidelines, since they’re there for a reason.

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11. Egg donation can be fatal.

OHSS, or Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, is where too many hormones during the egg retrieval process can make a patient sick with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, or even death. “It’s not a benign process,” Dr. Levine says, “You have to go through 10-14 days of injections of hormones to make your ovaries grow, and then as your ovaries are growing and producing eggs, it’s possible that your ovaries grow too many eggs.” Dr. Levine says he’s seen many women who have gotten sick because clinics were being reckless with their donors’ health. If the procedure is done correctly, you shouldn’t get sick. Remember that the clinics have as much of a responsibility to the donor as they do to the intended parent to protect everyone’s health.

12. It’s a red flag if the clinic won’t protect your anonymity or only works with one agency.

Yes, you have to give up your personal and medical history as part of the process, but if the clinic won’t protect your privacy and anonymity from any potential parents, Dr. Levine says that’s a red flag. If you don’t want to disclose your identity, you shouldn’t feel pressured into letting the intended parent know about them. You should feel empowered to speak up, even though you’re being compensated.

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13. The actual process of egg donation takes two weeks, however the screening process can take six weeks.

At Shady Grove, the process starts off with an online application that involves demographic info, health history including BMI, family history, all the FDA questions about travel. Then, if the potential donor is accepted, the clinic will bring her in and check her ovarian function using hormones and a transvaginal ultrasound. After that, there’s a five-hour, comprehensive medical visit where a nurse practitioner will go through the patient’s history, explain the consent process and risks, infectious disease blood work, genetic testing, do a urine drug test, teach the patient how to do injections at home, and do a psychological test. After that, there’s a face-to-face session with a mental health provider (sometimes a second session is done here as well), and after that, you’re left with the 3-4% of candidates who enter into the egg donation program. Donors then inject themselves with a series of hormones to trigger ovarian stimulation and ovulation.

Then, the actual egg retrieval process takes only 20 minutes (though you should plan to be at the office for around three hours that day), and takes place in their ambulatory surgery center. They use IV sedation (not general anesthesia). You may feel crampy the day after, and most women choose to take 1–2 narcotic painkillers the day of the egg retrieval, possibly one more the next day, and then ibuprofen if anything, the day after.

After a week, the clinic will call you back, see you for an ultrasound, and touch base about the process, and they’ll either invite you back or not. Purcell says 80% of donors at Shady Grove are invited back to donate again.

At CCRM, Dr. Levine says that since their patients come to them through an agency, the agency also handles the online application, the physical and psychological screenings, and then are sent to the clinic to be evaluated to be a potential donor.

Dr. Levine says that most people can work throughout the cycle, and go back to work the next day. And then, you should wait at least a month before doing another cycle, if you choose. Levine says this is for both the health of the donor and the resulting eggs.

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14. You shouldn’t have sex until your next period after completing an egg donation cycle because you’re very fertile at this time.

“We warn patients not to have sex until they get their period in the event that an egg was not picked up during the retrieval, we wouldn’t want them to get pregnant,” Levine says. “We educate women that they are very fertile after the retrieval, and while our intent is to retrieve every egg from every follicle, there’s no guarantee that one wasn’t left behind, so we advise women to ideally abstain until their next period or use condoms. A lot of women will resume oral contraception or the vaginal ring, and we still advise them, for two weeks into the next month to still use condoms.”

15. all types of women donate eggs.

Levine says he sees many 22-year-olds, fresh from college, who are looking to pay off some of their student debt, as well as actors and artists looking to augment their income, and sometimes people who are very spiritual who don’t want children personally, but want to know that there are children they helped make.

16. It’s not all about the money.

Purcell says one of the biggest misconceptions about egg donation is that women donate just for the compensation. She says the majority of her egg donors don’t do it for the money, but to help somebody else. “It’s kinda like when you go and donate blood and you leave, and you’re like, ‘That feels really good. I hope someone was able to use it, and benefit from it’, and I think our donors have that same type of feeling of being grateful for the experience.” She also notes that her donors go through a lot to be an egg donor: “If you were to break that down into an hourly compensation, that isn’t why they do it. Some of our best donors have personal experience with infertility, a family member, a friend, a media story that really called their attention.” Levine agrees, saying that, “the money helps, but the altruism is the driving factor.”

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FAQs

Will donating eggs make me infertile? ›

Egg Donation Does Not Decrease Fertility

While women are born with a finite number of eggs (with about 300,000 left at puberty), the overwhelming majority of those eggs will die without being used, and only about 300 to 400 will be ovulated.

What qualities make a good egg donor? ›

You're physically and mentally fit.

While no one is perfect, an egg donor should be both physiologically and psychologically healthy. Additionally, a prospective egg donor must have no outstanding family history of severe health problems with genetic causes, such as cancer or diabetes.

How many eggs do you usually donate? ›

In reality, the exact number of eggs that are retrieved during a cycle is usually somewhere between 10 and 20. Become an egg donor! Contact us today for more information.

What is the best age to donate eggs? ›

In most egg donor agencies, the ideal age of a donor lies between 21 and 30. Nevertheless, agencies often don't accept a new donor who is older than 29. Women, unlike men, have a limited reproductive life. Beyond 30, their fertility decreases.

Why you shouldn't donate your eggs? ›

Egg donors have reported long-term effects including aggressive breast cancer, loss of fertility, and fatal colon cancer, sometimes occurring just a few years after donation. Without any family history of these illnesses, they suspect their egg donation as the cause.

What are the cons of donating eggs? ›

The cons of egg donation
  • It can be stressful. The whole process does take some time and patience. ...
  • It may cause irreversible physical changes. ...
  • It may cause personal pregnancy. ...
  • It's usually an anonymous process. ...
  • It takes a lot of time and effort.

Who pays the most for egg donation? ›

Pay the future foward

We are one of the highest-paying egg donor agencies. Our egg donor program payment is competitive industry-wide. As a potential egg donor, imagine the joy you will receive helping an intended parent fulfill their greatest dream.

What should I ask my egg donor? ›

Questions to Ask About Egg Donation
  • What is the Egg Donation Process?
  • What's the Difference Between Frozen & Fresh Egg Donation?
  • What is the Donor Egg IVF Success Rate?
  • Do I Want to Know the Donor?
  • Is Physical Appearance Selection an Option?
  • Is the Donor Located Near Me?
  • What Is This Donor Like, Personality-Wise?
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How valuable are my eggs? ›

On average, women are compensated around $4,000 to $10,000 for their donation. The actual amount an individual donor will receive may depend upon a variety of factors, such as the following¹: Age. Physical/mental health and medical history.

Is it painful to donate eggs? ›

While there are some risks and discomfort that can occur during the egg donation procedure, the process is generally painless and safe.

How much can a woman sell her eggs for? ›

How much are egg donors compensated in the US? A: Compensation typically starts at $3,000 and can increase to $10,000, or beyond. Compensation depends on various factors, such as the number of mature oocytes (eggs) produced, medical and lifestyle history, ethnic background, educational background and more.

Does egg donation cause weight gain? ›

Temporary Weight Gain

Donors can gain approximately 3-5 pounds in weight due to an increase in the size of their ovaries and associated fluid retention (taller women may gain more). This is temporary and should resolve completely following your first period after your donor cycle is complete.

How long is the egg donation process? ›

Donating your eggs takes three to four weeks. It's not possible to donate anonymously. You'll be offered counselling to help you think through all the issues. The process is invasive.

Can you donate eggs if you have depression? ›

Can women who are diagnosed with depression donate eggs? Women who have been diagnosed with depression and are taking antidepressants cannot donate their eggs. Due to the extensive psychological screening that the FDA requires all donors to partake in, depression usually doesn't go unnoticed.

How do egg donor babies feel? ›

Parents of donor-conceived children can have very strong feelings about the way they built their families. Often, feelings of loss, joy, excitement, anxiety, fear, or simply a feeling of not knowing how to understand their child or child-to-be, can be consuming.

What are side effects of egg donation? ›

Some women may experience mild side effects, such as bruising at the injection site, mood swings, and tender breasts. In rare cases, a woman may develop severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This occurs when too many eggs develop in the ovaries. Women who develop OHSS may require hospitalization.

How hard is it to sell your eggs? ›

The egg donor process is complicated. You'll have a schedule to follow for blood work, daily self-injection instructions, and frequent ultrasounds. You will need to abstain from sexual intercourse during the donation process, and you will likely need to take time off work.

Is an egg donor the biological mother? ›

When donor eggs are used, the recipient is the biological mother of the child, but has no genetic relationship. Her partner (or sperm donor) has both a biological and genetic relationship to the child.

How many times can a woman donate eggs? ›

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), donors are only allowed to donate eggs up to six times in her lifetime.

Do sperm donors get money? ›

Sperm Donor Pay FAQ

On average, sperm donors are paid between $100-$150 per donation visit. Donating 1-2 times per week, donors earn an average of $4000 in 6 months.

How much do get for donating sperm? ›

Donors earn $100 for each donation ($70 at the time of donation, and $30 when the sample is released). Healthy men are able to earn up to $1,500 per month.

Do you get to see pictures of egg donors? ›

Anonymous and Open ID egg donors

Intended parents can receive information that the donor has agreed to state on her profile (physical characteristics, medical history, photographs etc). Intended parents cannot meet the donor.

How much is a ovary worth? ›

What are the average compensation rates for egg donation? Compensation can vary quite a bit, depending on where you donate your eggs. Usually, egg donors are usually paid between $5000 and $10,000 per cycle.

Are you awake during egg retrieval? ›

Egg retrievals are performed in our office. The day of retrieval, an IV will be put in and antibiotics will be given. You will also be given a sedative to help you relax, but you will be awake during the procedure.

Is donating eggs taxed? ›

Compensation for egg donation is considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service and the PFC Egg Donor agency is obligated to report this income to the IRS. You will receive a 1099 tax form at the beginning of the year after your egg donation so that you can report your earnings and pay the appropriate taxes.

Can you sell your eggs if you're on birth control? ›

Yes, you can donate your eggs if you are on birth control. Most of our donors are already on some form of birth control, and most times it has no impact on egg donation. In fact, birth control pills are given to each donor for roughly 3-6 weeks before their retrieval date.

Can you donate eggs if you smoke? ›

Many women who want to donate eggs to us either altruistically or through egg-sharing meet all the criteria such health and age – you must be between 18 and 35 –but can't donate eggs because they are smokers.

Real women share what it was like to give their DNA to a couple in need

Abby Smith* was 27 when she heard an ad on the radio about egg donation.. Now on her third donation at the age of 28, Smith is part of a growing group of women choosing to donate their eggs to couples in need.. A recent report in the Journal of American Medical Association found that the number of egg donors for IVF increased about 70 percent from 2000 to 2010.. It also could be that more women are comfortable using an egg donor so there is an increased demand.” And with donor compensations ranging from $5,000 to $7,000 (on top of medical expenses), the lackluster economy may be a factor as well.. That compensation was an added bonus for Brooke Jones*, 36, who was already fascinated with the idea of egg donation.. After hearing from physicians, donors, and recipients throughout the session, Jones was sold.. The donor is typically started on birth control to sync her cycle up with the recipient’s, and then comes the ovarian stimulation (or as Jones describes it, “You’re first suppressing your [fertility] and then jacking it up 1,000 times more than normal”).. I was bloated, in pain with cramps, and not feeling like myself.” Women should also avoid vigorous exercise for a week or two after surgery while their ovaries return back to their normal size, says Kawwass.. “Some of the short-term risks are those associated with any surgical procedure and IVF in particular.” That includes bleeding, infection, and ovarian hyperstimulation (a syndrome that occurs when someone over-responds to the fertility drugs; it’s characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or tenderness around your ovaries).. “And I was nervous about how I would feel when all was said and done and the eggs were gone.” To keep calm, she reminded herself why she was donating and tried to put herself in the recipient’s shoes.. “As far as we know, it doesn’t affect long-term fertility and doesn’t have any implications in terms of long-term health,” says Kawwass, though she explains that studies are still being conducted.. While you can donate eggs to someone you know or even meet the donors you’re matched with, most women (like Smith and Jones) choose to donate anonymously.. That means zero contact between the donor and the recipients and no information about what happens to your eggs after they’re donated.. But as Jones was told in the information sessions, anonymity laws can change over time.. “Knowing I’m OK with this process and can handle it both physically and emotionally, there’s no way I would ever say no when they come back to me and say ‘Hey, are you interested in donating again?’” says Smith.

If you're considering becoming an egg donor, you should first make sure you understand what is involved. Learn what to expect here.

Still, egg donation is not for everyone.. If you are accepted as a donor and decide to proceed, make sure that you understand the risks associated with the fertility drugs you'll be taking (the same drugs women going through IVF treatment take.. Egg donor agencies .. Egg donor agencies will usually contract with many different fertility clinics and clients.. Are they upfront about compensation and egg donor requirements and risks?. After you have done your research and decided that the agency or clinic is one you want to work with, they will start their screening process.. Some of this is to determine if you’re a good candidate for egg donation, and some is to help the intended parents have the information they need to choose the right egg donor for their family.. During the screening process, ultrasound is used to evaluate your fertility potential and the health of your ovaries.. What contact, if any, will the donor and family have before, during, and after the donation process?. As mentioned earlier, the donation cycle itself involves many medical appointments, blood work, ultrasounds, and injections of fertility drugs.

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Egg donation is when a woman goes through part of the IVF process in order to have some of her eggs collected, which she can then donate to someone else's treatment, fertility research or training.. In most cases you need to be under 36 to donate your eggs to someone's treatment. Usually women need to be between the ages of 18 and 35 to donate their eggs to someone's treatment.. Before you donate, you’ll need to have certain health tests to ensure you don't pass on any serious diseases or medical conditions to the baby or mother.. You should tell your clinic about any inheritable diseases in your family.. The HFEA does not require UK fertility clinics to carry out ECS and gamete donors are not required to have had this screening.. If you're an egg donor who is not a permanent resident of the UK, you may be compensated in the same way as a UK donor but you will not be able to claim for overseas travel expenses.. Writing a personal description and goodwill message can be very helpful to both parents of donor-conceived children and donor-conceived people themselves in the years to come.. Whilst your eggs are being collected, the woman’s partner will be asked to produce a sperm sample (or her donor’s sperm will be taken from the freezer) for mixing with your eggs.. OHSS is a very serious and potentially fatal reaction to fertility drugs, which happens about a week after your eggs have been collected.. Never feel like you're wasting their time.. It’s not possible to donate anonymously so any children conceived with your donation could contact you when they’re adults.. You may also need to tell a partner or children of your own about your donation later on, so you need to be prepared for that.. We can't give you any information that would potentially identify the children conceived with your donation.. If you’d like to donate your eggs, you’ll need to find a licensed UK fertility clinic that recruits egg donors.

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To get a better idea of what the egg donation process is like from all sides, we spoke with two members of the egg donation team at Circle Surrogacy.Danielle Adwell , the Egg Donor Intake and Matching Coordinator, is an experienced egg donor with Circle Egg Donation and is committed to continuing helping families grow.. For example, I had to take off work for my medical screening, local appointments, and retrieval.. Danielle: There are a few types of relationships donors can have with their intended parents.. Rachel: One of the best parts of being involved in the egg donation process with donors and Intended Parents is watching the excitement they have throughout the process.. Intended Parents are often unsure of how it will feel if a child wants or needs contact with their egg donor in the future.

As a donor you are helping someone increase their chance to have a baby, but shouldn’t involve a sacrifice of your fertility. As such, it is important to remember you have human rights, too.

Researching the process — and befriending the ladies at We are Egg Donors — got me thinking that there’s a lot of room for progress in the egg donation industry.. Very few friends asked how does it work, one family member asked but seemed bored or simply didn’t understand what egg donation and IVF meant for me, for my friend (AKA “the recipients” if it were an anonymous donation), and for humanity.. Before you sign your contract and begin the egg stimulation process, researching the decision to donate your eggs is very important.. Next, she should speak with other donors about how their cycles affected their lives (for example, my colleagues at We Are Egg Donors were very helpful to me).. It is important to remember that egg donors are compensated for their time away from work and other incurred expenses related to the egg donation process, and pain and suffering – not their eggs!. Egg donors are typically between 20-29 years of age, however some can donate as early as 18 and as late as 36 years of age.. The only information known is about the egg donor, rarely the recipient.. When you Google “egg donation,” the majority of information out there is presented by clinics and agencies who are trying to recruit new egg donors.. We Are Egg Donors was particularly helpful for me partly because it is not a business that facilitates egg donations – it is the only group out there that is focused 100% on egg donor health initiatives.. By taking the commercial agenda away from the conversation, egg donors are able to have candid and insightful conversations about their egg donation experiences.. The ladies at We are Egg Donors were incredibly supportive and informative throughout my egg donation experience.. Part of the mission at We Are Egg Donors is to build a robust evidence-based resource for egg donors and women considering egg donation.

What is egg donation? For many, a woman donating her egg to another woman helping her conceive is considered an extraordinary thing. However, in the medical arena this process isn't that rare and is referred to as egg donation. Let's explore it in detail.

The egg donor agency you enroll with gets physician to do a physical examination which includes an ultrasound and blood test to check your potential egg count and your hormone levels.. Most egg donor agencies offer egg donors handsome compensations for egg donation.. So if you donate your eggs 6 times, depending on how much you are getting paid per donation, you could make a sizable amount.. Egg donation is a process where one female donates her eggs to another female who is not able to produce healthy eggs or who has second infertility .. egg donations are far much more common than sperm donations.. An egg donor can get paid up range from 5.000$ to 10.000$ for a single donation, while a sperm donor may receive $75 or less.. Most egg donation agencies require a single donor to donate six times.. Generally, many egg donation agencies allow egg donors to donate up to 6 times and not more in their lifespan.. Of course, you can donate more, but keep in mind that egg donation is a long process that requires time and commitment.. Furthermore, egg donation agencies do not accept a single donor to donate more than 6 times to protect the donor from potential health risks.. Egg donation is a process that requires you to be physically and mentally prepared.. And although egg donors are well compensated for their donations, don’t let it be the primary reason why you want to become an egg donor.

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About 10 percent of American women ages 15-44 will experience fertility problems.. Fertility specialists rely on healthy donors to supply these eggs.. You’ll also go over your personal history with any mental illnesses, abuse or drug problems.. This includes anyone with a physical or mental illness that could be inherited by the child.. These hormone injections trigger your ovaries to start producing a lot of eggs — anywhere from 10 to 30 or more per cycle.. Egg donors are well compensated for their donations.. What type of donation you want to make The state in which you live The clinic you’re using. But donating eggs should not be just about the money.. If you do donate, keep in mind that the money you make from your donation is considered taxable income.. Depending on how much you make annually, you may need to put away as much as 40 percent if the compensation you receive to pay your taxes at the end of the year.. Be sure you discuss all the risks with your doctor before you agree to donate your eggs.. You are giving them a chance to have children they wouldn’t have had otherwise.. Others, including women who donated their eggs for the money, have regretted it later.. Issues range from health complications like OHSS to the idea of there being a biologically related child they have no contact with .. If you’re considering donating your eggs, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.

What's it like to donate your eggs? Here's what I wished I'd found on the internet when I went through this process.

I’m an egg donor.. **A note: I’m writing this anonymously because we don’t want the kids to find info about my donation on the internet before we tell them.. The purpose of all of these medicines is to stimulate egg production, make sure they all “ripen” at the same speed, and keep me from ovulating before the eggs could be retrieved.. Starting medicines for real this time.. My ovaries were cooperating and it was time to move on to giving myself shots.. That meant that the doctor had to push around on my belly, against the ultrasound wand, to find my ovary.. My friend has health issues that keep her from carrying a baby, so in addition to my donated eggs, she’s also using a surrogate.. No more so than I do my other friends’ children – whom I love.. There’s a lot of good research about egg retrieval and long-term health outcomes for mom’s that go through IVF for themselves.. My loved ones do easy and hard things to take care of me all the time.

As a result of invisibility and stigma around egg donation, many egg donors struggle to find ways to talk about our experiences with people who are supportive and understanding. Sometimes even our loved ones are at a loss for words when we disclose that we are in the process of donating our

As a result of invisibility and stigma around egg donation, many egg donors struggle to find ways to talk about our experiences with people who are supportive and understanding.. There are thousands of egg donors and each person has a valid reason for donating their eggs.. Comments about how “weird” egg donation seems only serve to increase stigma about the procedure and personal confusion and shame a donor might feel.. Chances are, an egg donor has already weighed the risks involved with the procedure before deciding to go through with it.. It is okay to be concerned about the health of your friend or loved one.. If relevant to the conversation, you might want to ask “what were some of the reasons you decided to donate your eggs?”. It can be a personal, private decision.. A similar question to avoid might be, “I don’t understand why people don’t adopt.. So many babies need homes.” The reality is, people have families in a variety of ways.. While we may not all feel comfortable with egg donation, perhaps we can agree that we are not comfortable making health care decisions for other people.. They wonder about the thoughts of feelings of family members, potential children, intended parents, and even themselves (“If I heard that I was the result of egg donation, I would be SO upset!”). Ask the donor what it was like for them.. Some questions might include, what did the process entail?. Create a conversation in which the donor in your life feels supported and encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings with you.

The Donor Solution explores 9 common myths about egg donation and provides a fact vs fiction comparison in their attempt to uncover the truth.

Donating eggs is a serious decision that requires careful thought and commitment, and, as such, donors are financially compensated.. While financial compensation is often a significant incentive for egg donors, it’s not necessarily the only reason women donate their eggs—which brings us the topic of common egg donor myths .. Egg donation does not significantly reduce a woman’s egg supply.. Unfortunately, not all women are eligible to become egg donors.. For the safety of donors (egg donation is a medical procedure, which has inherent risks), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine has established guidelines limiting the number of times a woman can donate her eggs to six (6) times.. Many people assume that financial compensation is the only reason a woman would donate her eggs, but in reality, egg donors are often strongly motivated to help families—at a minimum, they know they are helping someone in need.. That’s why reputable egg donor clinics like The Donor Solution carefully screen potential egg donors.. While egg donation requires a commitment of 6-10 weeks, appointments can often be done early in the morning, before school or work, and most doctor’s visits take place within a few weeks of the actual egg retrieval.. Becoming an egg donor requires relinquishing all rights and responsibilities associated with both the donated eggs and any children born as a result of them.. Egg donor arrangements are often anonymous, which means the egg donor won’t know. who receives her eggs, and recipients won’t know the donor.. Advancements in scientific understanding have revealed that mothers can in fact pass on some of their genes to their offspring, even when they use donor eggs from another woman.4 This is significant, since the idea of having no genetic relation to their baby is sometimes a concern for women considering using donor eggs.. The Donor Solution invites prospective egg donors and recipients (intended parents) to learn more about the egg donation process .

Obviously, money is a primary motivator when it comes to a procedure like this. But when I look back on my donation process, it’s not the money I remember. 

Donating your eggs is not easy money, but that is the illusion.. A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that 81% of egg donors “indicated that the offer of payment was significant to their decision.” Yet, I found that the end result was way more rewarding than the cash, and that’s why I donated my eggs not once, but twice.. She had considered donating her eggs but was daunted by the application process due to her family medical history.. I took a brief online course that provided an overview of the procedure and then was scheduled for “Donor Day,” which requires a day off from work when current donors meet at the office with a nurse for in-person training and screening.. Over the next two weeks, I injected hormones into my stomach at the same time each night and went into the office for bloodwork and an ultrasound about three times a week.. They answered my questions, wrote me a note to freeze my gym membership, and even worked around the travel required for my job, scheduling me at locations that were convenient to my home, office, and wherever I was traveling.. I was preparing for this really important gift while still working full time and living my life.. After about two weeks, monitoring took place every day and they watched my progress closely to determine the exact date and time of retrieval.. Once a date was defined (about two days out) I was instructed to take my trigger shot at a very specific time two nights before retrieval.. Unlike the first time, my profile was selected by three families instead of just one and my retrieval was split amongst them.. They retrieved 22 mature eggs the second time and I received a total of $7,500.. One reason women aren’t allowed to donate more than six times with one organization is for this very reason.

all of your questions, answered

Many of Circle’s staff members are parents through surrogacy and/or egg donation, experienced gestational carriers, and egg donors.. To get a better idea of what the egg donation process is like from all sides, we spoke with two members of the egg donation team at Circle Surrogacy.Danielle Adwell , the Egg Donor Intake and Matching Coordinator, is an experienced egg donor with Circle Egg Donation and is committed to continuing helping families grow.. Rachel Campbell, LCSW presently manages the Egg Donation Department at Circle Surrogacy and oversees egg donor intake, prescreening, screening, and matching between egg donors and IPs.. Read on to hear what they had to say about the donation process, side effects, emotional hesitations, and why egg donation is such an incredible gift.. Danielle: I had heard about egg donation a couple of years before I decided to apply to be a donor .. Danielle: Anyone who is considering donating their eggs should take their time in researching what to expect from egg donation and the risks involved before applying.. Rachel: One of the best parts of being involved in the egg donation process with donors and Intended Parents is watching the excitement they have throughout the process.. Often times, however, we find that when Intended Parents are searching our egg donor database , they are drawn to a donor based on her responses to questions on her profile.. Donors tend to have more logistical questions around the medical process and risks of donation to their own health or future fertility.. Intended Parents are often unsure of how it will feel if a child wants or needs contact with their egg donor in the future.. We counsel IPs and donors alike to consider what the potential needs of a child born from donation may be and to be open to helping a child (be it as their parent or as the donor) to feel confident and secure with who they are and how they came to be.. Rachel: The biggest hesitations tend to be around what level of openness Intended Parents and donors are comfortable having, not just with each other, but between a future child and his/her donor.. These conversations often bring to light the fears from Intended Parents that a donor will view herself as a parent or that their child will view the donor as a parent figure.. Rachel: For women considering donating their eggs and Intended Parents considering building their family through egg donation, we advise them to fully consider all of the implications of this process.. Rachel: Egg donation takes time, commitment, responsibility, and compassion on the part of the donor.

Whether you’re considering donating or growing your family with donated eggs, here’s what you need to know about the procedure, risks, and benefits of egg donation.

What should I know before I donate?. So here I am, a three-time egg donor, telling you about my personal experience with egg donation as well as the scientific research behind the process.. The eggs are retrieved through this needle.. You’ll either be under general anesthetic or a deep sedation, so you aren’t able to feel anything during the retrieval.. Kudesia points out that egg donors only have a 1 to 2 percent chance of developing a serious case of OHSS.. “Though anyone who has a robust response to ovarian stimulation may have a few rough days around the time of their egg retrieval, it is quite rare to see a severe OHSS case these days,” she notes.. It involves the same medication and retrieval process as IVF patients undergo, and IVF has been around since the ’70s, which is one of the reasons she considers egg donation to be safe.. “Though I would be thrilled to see more specific literature on this topic, what exists is very reassuring to me for women and clinics following the guidelines.” Before donating, it’s important not only to understand the research or lack of research on the long-term medical effects of donation, but also the emotional impact it may have on you as a donor.. Personally, I’ve done one anonymous donation and two open donations, where I’m still in contact with the recipient families.. More often than not, you’ll have to take time off work or studying and your personal life to become an egg donor.. “Some clinics offer their clients (that is, the egg recipients) a cost savings option: a ‘shared cycle,’ in which a donor is stimulated to produce eggs—in one cycle—for two or three recipients rather than one,” Cool explains.. This is why carefully vetting agencies and clinics is important.. Kudesia also suggests you discuss the process with the agency or clinic before signing up, including the strategies they use to minimize your chances of getting OHSS.. When I donated my eggs, I was very well prepared: I researched a lot beforehand, I asked plenty of questions, and I thought about the emotional impact of donating before I did it.

If you want to become an egg donor, be sure to read these 10 important questions to help you understand more about the donation process.

## What is Egg Donation?. Egg donation is a process by which a woman (referred to as the donor) provides her eggs to intended parent(s) to assist in the conception of a baby.. There are four steps in the egg donation process: 1) Application & Intake, 2) Matching & Screening, 3) The Medication Cycle, and 4) Egg Retrieval.. For 10-14 days, the physician will begin a series of subcutaneous (just under the skin) injections of medication used to stimulate egg maturation in the ovaries.. The fertility center will provide all of the necessary instructions on administering the injectable medication.. The costs of the egg donation process start at $37,000.. FSH is the same hormone in a female body used to mature her eggs during the menstrual cycle.. One injection 36 hours before egg retrieval.. Ultrasound guided retrieval process - After the retrieval, some donors may experience physical discomfort.

You can make more money by finding a white Cadbury Creme Egg than you do donating your own. So why do it?

If a prospective egg donor doesn’t complete the cycle, the clinic may compensate them on a ‘per clinic visit’ basis at the rate of £35 per visit.. Women who donate eggs could give a couple the chance to have a child (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)After giving birth to her daughter, Kat, 28 and donor at Oxford Fertility , started to think about the many couples who don’t get to experience being a parent.. A woman will need to undergo counselling, blood tests and medical consultation prior to the start of treatment cycle,’ explains Dr Nargund.. ‘Before egg collection, donors must take daily hormone injections for up to two weeks to stimulate the ovaries and ensure multiple eggs will be ready for collection.. The egg collection is a relatively safe procedure, but is not without potential complications.. Kat’s now waiting for a full year after her donation to pass so she can find out if any live births have occurred from her donation.. Kat urges any woman considering becoming a donor to do it, but not without thoroughly thinking it through.. It is an invasive process and if it is successful and any live births come from it, it’s something that will be with you for the rest of your life.. ‘Most women feel a genuine urge to help other women who may not be in a position to have children using her own eggs,’ says Dr Nargund.

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