Become an Egg Donor
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Thank you for your interest in our egg donor program. Donor eggs offer the possibility of childbearing to women who otherwise would not be able to become pregnant due to age, ovarian failure, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, surgical removal of the ovaries, or genetic diseases.
Donated eggs are fertilized with the sperm to form embryos through a process called in vitro fertilization. These embryos are transferred into the recipient's uterus.
Couples seeking donor eggs may approach a friend or family member who may be willing to assist them, but most commonly couples choose an anonymous egg donor through an egg donor program.
All potential egg donors are screened according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 32, non smokers, have a normal body weight, regular menstrual cycles when not on hormonal contraception, no history of substance abuse, and no family history of genetic diseases.
All donors must complete a detailed personal, medical and family history questionnaire. Our egg donor coordinator reviews this form and eligible applicants will be contacted to set up an appointment to begin further screening. All information provided will be kept completely confidential.
Further screening includes, but is not limited to an interview with our egg donor coordinator, complete physical exam, laboratory testing, and psychological evaluation. A donor is considered eligible for the program if screening and testing do not indicate risk of infection or communicable disease. A consent form will be provided by our office and reviewed with all participants.
Matching of Egg Donor and Recipient
Once an egg donor has completed the screening process they are placed on our egg donor list. Recipient couples have the opportunity to review the confidential written personal, medical and family history form provided by the donors.
Once selected by a recipient couple, donors are contacted by our egg donor coordinator to review timing of the IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle. It takes approximately 2 months to synchronize the recipient's menstrual cycle with yours once you are matched.
Egg Donor IVF Cycle
This process involves a combination of low dose birth control pills and self-injected medications to stimulate the development of multiple eggs in the ovaries. Prior to beginning the injections, egg donors will meet with the egg donor coordinator to review all medications and side effects.
Donors are monitored by vaginal ultrasounds and hormonal blood tests. This requires frequent morning appointments during the stimulation process. The stimulation process lasts 7-10 days.
Once the eggs are mature, the eggs are harvested from the ovaries under ultrasound guidance with IV sedation. This procedure is done in the morning and requires donors to be at the office for approximately 2 hours. Because of the sedation a driver is required. Donors may feel tired and have minimal cramping after the procedure and should plan to rest the day of the egg harvesting. The eggs are fertilized with the sperm in the lab and embryos are transferred into the recipient's uterus approximately 5 days later.
There is no cost to egg donors to participate in the program. All fees related to screening, lab testing, medications, monitoring, and procedures are the recipient's responsibility.
We are currently compensating our egg donors $5000.00 for the completion of the cycle.
You may contact Jolie, Egg Donor Coordinator at 515-222-3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information about our program.
Egg Donor Application