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Egg Donation FAQs FB42018-10-16T20:54:07+00:00

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Egg Donation FAQs

  Safety

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, one of the nation’s oldest egg donor programs, which was established in 1986. “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

Egg donation is considered a minimally invasive procedure. During the procedure (the egg retrieval), you will be put to sleep for about 20-30 minutes, so you will not feel anything. Following the procedure, some may experience mild cramping and bloating. Every person is different, so the effects of the process will vary.

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. By ovarian stimulation we develop 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.

  Privacy

We take the privacy of our donors very seriously. Nearly all of our donors are anonymous unless in rare cases where 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, healthy and family history information.

No. Unless there is a special request (which is rare), by the IPs to meet you, and you agree, there will not be any contact with the IPs.

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 and possible the sex of the parent(s).

The decision about notifying you of a pregnancy is up to the IPs. Typically, they are okay with divulging the results, but some are not.

Yes. There will be a contract between you and the IPs. 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.

  Process

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 on our active database so that potential IPs can view your public profile. Once they have selected you, you will be contacted with details about when the anticipated cycle will begin. We will guide you through each step of the process.

Everyone is different. Some retrievals will result in 2 eggs, some will results 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 the IPs. All travel arrangements (flights, hotels, etc.) will be booked by us. Per diem is generally delivered in person once you arrive in San Diego (Possible per diem amount $75 per day for overnight stays). You will only have to travel 2 times. Once for medical screening (1 day trip) and the second time for the actual egg retrieval (5-7 days). You will be required to bring a support person (family member, close friend, or partner) to accompany you for the egg retrieval. Flight and per diem (up to 3 days) will be provided.  All the appointments in between will be done at a center local to you.

You may experience some cramping, bloating, or soreness/tenderness. We can prescribe pain medication as necessary, but we encourage rest and relaxation! We are also able to provide a physician’s note for school/work so you are afforded sufficient time to focus on recovery. Your coordinators on the Egg Donation and IVF Team will be maintaining communication to provide medical care as needed.

Reminder – recovery looks different for everybody, but regardless, you won’t be on your own!

  Compensation

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 IPs 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 IPs 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.

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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.