Donating your eggs is a selfless act that can help a couple or individual start their own family. If you are thinking about egg donation then you probably have a lot of questions about the initial requirements and the process.
Our experts at Reproductive Sciences Medical Center have answered some of the most asked questions about egg donation, what you can expect from the process and the things to look out for to ensure your safety throughout the process.
FDA has Strict Regulations About Egg Donation
The FDA treats eggs like any other human organs when it concerns donations. There are lots of rules and regulations in place to become an egg donor, the same as with any other tissue donation.
There Are 3 Ways to Donate Eggs – Through an Agency, A Clinic That Also Runs Donor Service Or Direct Egg Donation
Agencies actively recruit donors and can pay more depending on the specifics of a donor. Compensation for eggs donors varies. Many agencies will base it on the local cost of living and may cover costs such as lost wages, transportation, and other expenses.
In California, compensation for egg donors ranges from $6000 to $12000. Going through a reputable egg donor agency, you can earn up to $25,000 for donation. You can also seek out a clinic with donor services on your own instead of an agency recruiting you. Direct egg donation is also an option, where a donor can donate eggs directly to a family member or friend. This eliminates the process of matchmaking by an agency. Some families have very specific requirements that the donor must meet, such as an Ivy league school education. In this case they may place an ad in a local paper.
Accepting a Large Payout for a Specifically Directed Egg Donation Isn’t Always Recommended