How to Choose an Egg Donation Agency
Type “egg donation” into the Google search box and immediately on the right side of your computer screen will be a list of egg donor companies. Just because they show up on a Google search doesn’t mean they are reputable. In recent years, the egg donation business has exploded and not all companies are created equal. It’s important to research the companies in order to evaluate their legitimacy.
Reputable egg donor agencies will be up-to-date with the most recent state and federal regulations. They will also have strong relationships with a number of fertility and IVF centers.
Here is a short of list of questions to ask:
- What is their donor match rate? In other words, do they have a history of successful donations and resultant pregnancies?
- How long have they been in business?
- What fertility centers and IVF centers do they have working relationships with?
Additional categories include Egg Donor Screening, Online Donor Database, Matching Services and Agency Fees.
Most egg donation agencies have specific guidelines for the donor’s age, weight and lifestyle. They screen for medical and family history, as well as a history of fertility and infectious disease. A psychological screening is performed, as well as a background check.
Online Donor Database
The egg donor agency should have a diverse selection of egg donors that have a mix of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. The database should be up-to-date and local donors should be available in order to reduce travel costs for potential parents.
Matching Services relates to the business processes of the agency. Do they seem organized and efficient? Can you get through to donor specialists by phone or email? Are they responsive? Do they effectively coordinate travel for the screening and egg retrieval procedures? Do they have relationships with reputable reproductive attorneys and family law attorneys? Will they provide the potential parents with weekly updates regarding the donor’s cycle? Do they allow potential parents to review the donor’s agency contracts?
Do the fees seem reasonable and the billing procedures clear? Are there policies in place for refunds and rematch?