5 Questions To Ask Before Becoming an Egg Donor

By The Egg Donor & Surrogacy Program on March 01, 2019

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Congratulations! You’re considering becoming an egg donor. We get it, it’s a big decision. One that will forever change a family.

But, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. In order to make the best decision for you, you’ll need to understand all the ins and outs of becoming a donor.

Here are 5 questions you need to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line.

  1. What are the Requirements for Becoming an Egg Donor?
Let’s start with the basics. To become an egg donor, you must live a healthy lifestyle, have a clean medical record, and be willing to commit to the entire process.

We are only able to accept the best of the best to be egg donors, ensuring that we have very well-qualified candidates. Here are a few additional qualifications that each donor must have:

  • Humanitarian motivation
  • Age 20-30
  • Weight under 160 pounds
  • Normal height and weight ratio (BMI)
  • Regular Menstrual cycles
  • Not using Depo-Provera or contraceptive implants
  • Having both ovaries, no reproductive problems
  • Non-smoker
  • No current use of drugs or excessive alcohol
  • No family history of inherited genetic disorders
  • Reasonably healthy family medical history
  • Psychologically healthy
  • Willingness to take hormone injections
  • Dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments
As you can see, it’s quite an extensive list. We do this to ensure our intended parents a greater chance of success, and to keep the process safe for our donors.
  1. How Much do Egg Donors Make?
We understand this isn’t a purely financial decision, but we believe every woman should be compensated for their time and efforts.

For first time donors, compensation typically starts between $8,000 and $10,000. Compensation can be higher if donors have high SAT/ACT scores, advanced degrees, personal and athletic achievements, and/or modeling experience or other special qualifications.

Second and third time donors get paid more as well.

Donors can use this money to pay for their education, traveling, purchasing a home, or even start their own business. Many donors use this compensation to make their dreams come true.

  1. What Medications are Required?
As an egg donor, you will need to take some medications to ensure that your eggs are ready for retrieval and fertilization.

To start, you will need to take Birth Control Pills for 10 days to synchronize your cycle. Then there are about 21 days of hormones that need to be taken. These are given by injection with a small gauge needle.

These hormones may include a combination of Lupron, Ganirelix acetate, Cetrotide, FSH, and hCG.

These hormones do a variety of things such as stimulate the ovaries and help the eggs mature. Some temporary side effects may include bloating, headaches, moodiness, and fatigue.

  1. What About Privacy?
We take the privacy of our donors very seriously. All medical records, psychological evaluations, and clinical checkups are handedly professionally to protect donor and recipient parent privacy.

Most donor matches are anonymous, meaning you will not meet your recipient parents or be involved with them in the future. Although, there are some instances where the donor and parents choose to meet, this is called open donation. This is up to the comfort level of all parties involved.

  1. Do You Want to Help Others?
Maybe you’ve seen someone you love struggle with infertility.  Perhaps you know how devastating it can be for a couple to not have the family they desire.

This is where you can step in and help. Egg donors are life givers. You get to help create a family and change the lives of the couples or individuals involved. The selfless gift of egg donation is one of the greatest gifts a woman can give.

 

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions

Becoming an egg donor is a big deal. It’s a decision that will affect many lives, including your own. There’s no denying that donating your eggs is a sacrifice. But, think of the gift you are willing to give to a waiting couple.

So, don’t wait any longer and let’s get the process going.  And remember, we are here for you every step of the way to answer all your questions.

 

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