The Egg Donor Selection Process
Step 1: Create an Egg Donor Search Account
Sign up for a free egg donor search account for instant access to our egg donor database. We make it easy to search for specific qualities like hair color, eye color, height, location, and ethnic background. You can choose to receive notifications when new donors are published and save profiles to review later. We also have egg donor matching specialists who can help you refine your donor search and offer suggestions.
Step 2: Review Egg Donor Database
Each egg donor completes an extensive profile. In addition to photos and personal essay questions, each profile consists of the donor’s education information, health/reproductive history, and family/genetic history. Our donors also create a short video to showcase their personality and share more about themselves.
Step 3: Considerations When Selecting an Egg Donor
Location — When you’re looking for an egg donor, it’s important to keep location in mind. One way to minimize cost is by selecting an egg donor who resides closer to your IVF clinic. On average, a donor will make at least two trips to your IVF clinic (one for medical screening and one for the egg retrieval). Depending on the distance between your IVF clinic and where your donor lives, there may be travel expenses to account for in your budget. Growing Generations will provide you with a customized cost estimate based on the donor you are interested in or donor you have selected.
Medical History — When you select an egg donor, it’s important to review her health history. If you select a donor who has previously donated eggs, her medical records will be sent to your IVF physician for approval. Many of our donors have completed genetic testing. It is common for donors to carry gene mutations, and you’ll want to ensure the intended sperm contributor is not a carrier of the same gene mutation. Growing Generations can provide your IVF doctor with a copy of the donor’s genetic report if it is available, so you can discuss the results with your doctor. If the donor you select has not undergone genetic testing, your IVF physician will help coordinate this testing.
Personal — While some intended parents search for egg donors with physical appearances or characteristics, others want to feel a connection. That connection could be that you and the donor share similar hobbies, interests, or personality traits. Or it could be that the donor bears a close family resemblance. The connection is different for every family.
Step 4: Selecting an Egg Donor
When you find your perfect egg donor, click the “Reserve this Donor” button on her profile, and the donor will be placed on hold for you. While the profile is on hold, other intended parents will not be able to select your egg donor. Our staff receives notification about your choice and will contact you to discuss your selection and next steps. Donors in our program are selected on a first come, first serve basis.
Step 5: What to Expect Next
After you confirm your egg donor selection, our team will send the any of the donor’s records we have on file to your IVF clinic for your physician’s approval. We will also reach out to the donor to confirm their upcoming availability to complete an egg donation cycle. If your doctor approves your donor and you are ready to move forward, we will send you an agreement and a personalized cost estimate. We will confirm your donor match after receiving a signed copy of the agreement and funding. The donation process will then begin and includes your donor’s medical and psychological screenings, establishing your legal contract with the donor, and the IVF cycle.
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