Become an Egg Donor
Your altruistic decision can impact generations
Why Donate with Us?
Find Out If You Qualify
Egg donation involves a screening process. Not all potential egg donors are selected. Not all selected egg donors receive the monetary amounts or compensation advertised. As with any medical procedure, there may be risks associated with human egg donation. Before an egg donor agrees to begin the egg donation process, and signs a legally binding contract, she is required to receive specific information on the known risks of egg donation. Consultation with your doctor prior to entering into a donor contract is advised.
Egg Donor Qualifications
- 19-29 Years Old
- Healthy Lifestyle
- BMI less than 28
- Education a plus
- Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian Donors in High Demand
Begin Your Journey
1. See if you pre-qualify
Complete the pre-qualification application and find out if you qualify within 72 hours. This application is not a commitment, it’s a simply way to find out if you’re eligible to become an egg donor.
2. Complete the Full Application
If you meet the pre-qualifications you will be asked to complete part 2 of the application.
3. Preliminary Program Acceptance
We will create a profile that highlights your greatest qualities. Your profile will be presented to our banking committee and Intended Parents for a potential match.
4. Become an Egg Donor!
You will be generously compensated for your commitment and efforts. Our Intended Parents are grateful for your generosity.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS
EGG DONATION FAQs
Egg donation is very safe with over 20,000 cycles being performed in the United States annually.
“There are no long-term adverse risks of IVF” or egg donation,” said Richard J. Paulson, president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which represents fertility specialists. Paulson heads the infertility program at the University of Southern California. It was established in 1986 and is one of the nation’s oldest egg donor programs. “All the data we have so far seem to indicate no long-term problems.”
– “Do Women Who Donate Their Eggs Run a Health Risk?”, The Washington Post
There is no study showing that being an egg donor will affect your fertility in the future. The average woman is born with 2 million eggs. By puberty, that pool consists of about 400,000 follicles (eggs). From these, only 400 will reach maturity and be ovulated. This leaves approximately 399,600 unused. In a typical cycle a woman generally produces 15-20 eggs. Usually, only one egg is released for ovulation and the body discards the rest. During our ovarian stimulation process, we develop the extra eggs that would otherwise be destroyed. This explains why the normal pool of ovarian follicles is not depleted by egg donation.
You may speak directly with one of our physicians if you would like to discuss this further.
The majority of our donors do donate more than one time because they find the process to be fulfilling and relatively easy. Egg donors are able to donate around 3 times per year, depending on the length of the process for each cycle. The maximum according to ASRM is 6 times. Our physicians can help determine this number on an individual basis.
You will need to have two regular periods between cycles or wait 2 months.
Our physician recommends bed rest for at least 24 hours.
We take the privacy of our donors very seriously. Nearly all of our donors are anonymous. In rare cases the donor and the Intended Parents choose to meet. Any private information provided through applications, interviews or other documents are all confidential.
They will have your first name, donor number, and public information such as age, height, education, health and family history information.
Unless it is a special situation, you will have minimal information. You may only know whether the IPs are a single parent or a couple. In some cases, the sex of the parent(s).
The decision about notifying you of a pregnancy is up to the Intended Parents. Typically, they are okay with divulging the results, but some are not.
Yes. There will be a contract between you and the Intended Parents. This will outline your compensation and emphasize that you will have no parental rights from any children born as a result of this donation. We provide you with independent legal counsel.
We’ll review your COMPLETED application within 1-3 business days and let you know if you meet the initial criteria. If you do, we’ll schedule your brief egg donor phone interview. During your interview, we’ll discuss how the egg donation process works and answer any questions you may have.
Yes. If you have a friend or family member that is willing to do the injections for you, that is also an option.
It depends on the doctor’s protocol. Each person is a little different. Typically, it’s 10-12 days.
Once you are matched, it can take 3 to 4 months before your egg retrieval (depending on several variables).
We will place you in our active database so that potential Intended Parentss can view your public profile. Once you’ve been selected, we will contact you with details about when the anticipated cycle will begin. We will also guide you through each step of the process.
Everyone is different. Some retrievals will result in 2 eggs, some will result in 20 or more. It depends on your body and how your body reacts to the medications.
You will travel to our location in San Diego, CA. All costs will be paid upfront by us. All travel arrangements (flights, hotels, etc.) will be booked by us. You will only have to travel 2 times. Once for medical screening (1 day trip) and the second time for the actual egg retrieval (4-7 days). You will be required to bring a support person (family member, close friend, or partner) to accompany you for the egg retrieval. All the appointments in between will be done at a center local to you. If you are an international donor, you will only have to travel once, the duration of your trip will last 18-21 days to complete your donation cycle.
Reminder – recovery looks different for everybody, but regardless, you won’t be on your own!
The average starting compensation for egg donors is $7,000. However, compensation differs based on a number of factors, including the donor’s education, her donation history, ethnic diversity and other factors. In particular, Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian donors are in high demand.
You will get paid from an escrow account that the Intended Parents establish. You will get a start-of-medications fee (typically $750) then the remaining amount after the retrieval is completed. So, if your compensation is $7,000, you will receive $750 after you start your injectable medications, and the remaining amount, $6,250 after the retrieval is completed. Typically compensation is delivered via check.
Everything is paid for in advance by the Intended Parents so there is nothing you will pay for out of pocket. However, if you are asked to pay out of pocket for something, you will be promptly reimbursed.
EGG DONOR TESTIMONIALS
Michelle L. Portland, OR
“I wanted to become an egg donor for many reasons. First, my passion for health leads me to admire the ability of the human body to reproduce. I am currently taking an embryology course and I find all of it so fascinating! I believe it would be an incredible honor to help someone who could not otherwise have a child fulfill their dreams of having one. This knowledge alone is a huge benefit to me! And any compensation helped me pursue my own dreams of becoming a women’s health specialist by helping fund my current medical school education.”
Avery L. Chicago, IL
“I know there are couples out there that can’t have children and I’ve seen firsthand how devastating that can be, seeing my best friend go through her lowest point in life when she found out she couldn’t have children due to health issues. I believe everyone has a purpose in life and I strongly believe this was my purpose. There would be no greater feeling than giving someone a chance at a family, something that many of us take for granted.”
Hannah T. Glendale, AZ
“I want to be able to give to others who are not fortunate enough to have their own biological children the opportunity to raise a child and start a family.”
Michaela P. San Francisco, CA
“It breaks my heart to know some people are unable to have a child of their own. I became a donor because helping someone have a child is an amazing thing. I wanted to give a part of me (that I luckily have) to someone else and change their lives.”