Questions About Being an Egg Donor
Being an Egg Donor
If you are a healthy attractive woman between the ages of 21-29 and interested in becoming an egg donor, you probably have questions. We have answers! Here are the most common questions we hear from women interested in becoming an egg donor. If you have a question we haven’t answered, we invite you to contact us, or begin an online application if you’re ready to take the first step.
- What happens after I submit my application to be an egg donor?
A member of our admissions team will review your information within one business day of submitting your egg donor application and let you know if you are able to move forward. If you are able to move forward, we’ll invite you to schedule your egg donor video consultation. You can use our easy online calendaring system through your online account to schedule your consult which helps to eliminate phone tag! During your consultation, we’ll discuss how the egg donation process works and answer any questions you may have. We want to have your full attention during your consult so be sure to minimize distractions and make childcare arrangements if needed.
Once your egg donation consult is complete, we will provide you with a small to do list. You will read over and electronically sign some documents. We’ll ask that you provide photos, GPA and test score verification, and photo ID verification. We will also set you up to complete a simple blood test that will measure hormone levels to ensure your body will produce an ideal number of good quality eggs. There will be no cost to you, and this test is an excellent way to assure prospective intended parents looking for an egg donor that they are selecting the best egg donor for their family. It’s also a great way to learn about your own fertility.
After we’ve received all of the requested items, we’ll be able to make your egg donor profile available for intended parents to view. At this time, we will ask you to complete a simple genetic test. Your egg donor profile will be updated with your genetic testing results once they are received.
- There are many agencies to choose from, why should I work with Growing Generations?
Growing Generations delivers an experience all of our clients will treasure forever-including our egg donors. We know we can’t do this work without you. We’ll be with you each step of the way ensuring you’re fully informed and taken care of.
- I’m working with another egg donation agency, is that OK?
It is okay if you are working with another egg donor agency; although, we do prefer that our egg donors work exclusively with GG. We ask that if you are chosen to be an egg donor with another agency that you let us know right away. We need to make sure your profile reflects that you’re currently unavailable, so we don’t have any disappointed intended parents on our hands.
- What is involved medically to be an egg donor? Are there any risks?
For many potential egg donors, understanding the medical process and risks is one of the most important factors in choosing to become a donor. We’ll spend a nice amount of time reviewing this during your video consultation.
- What information do parents get about me on my egg donor profile?
Your egg donor profile will include some of the answers and information you supply on your online application (including a handful of essay questions and your family health history), a photo gallery, and short video. Before your egg donor profile is published on our database and made available to intended parents, you’ll be able to review it.
- I was adopted. Can I still apply to be an egg donor?
Yes. Being adopted doesn’t disqualify you, AND egg donors are required to provide a full family health history for their biological parents, grandparents, and siblings. We know that this information isn’t available to all adopted people. This information is essential because it is often the only insight the intended parents have into the health history of their future child. If you have access to this information, we invite you to apply.
- What happens once I’m matched as an egg donor with intended parents?
Once you’re matched with intended parents, our case management team will be taking care of you, and you will be assigned a case specialist. First, you’ll be asked to complete your psychological interview. Once this screening is complete, you’ll be instructed to make your medical screening appointment with the IVF doctor you’ll be working with. Your case specialist will give you explicit instructions on how to schedule your medical screening appointment. At this time, you will also be referred to your attorney to complete your contract with the intended parents. You will not be able to begin injectable medications for your egg retrieval cycle until after we receive legal clearance. We should receive your medical clearance two weeks after your screening appointment. After your medical and legal clearances have been issued, the actual egg donation cycle can begin. For many potential donors, understanding the medical process and risks is one of the most important factors in choosing to become an egg donor. We’ll review this with you during your video consultation.
- If I do travel as an egg donor, how much travel is involved? How is travel booked?
If you do need to travel for your donation, plan to take two trips to the IVF doctor you’ll be working with. The first is a one-day trip (you may spend one night at a hotel if you’re flying from the opposite coast). This first trip will be for your medical screening. You’ll get to choose the date of this appointment, so you can work it into your schedule. The appointment will need to occur Monday-Friday.
The second trip will be for your actual egg retrieval. Any appointments between your first and second trip will be at a local monitoring facility that your primary IVF doctor will send you to. Your egg retrieval trip can be anywhere between 4-10 days, though it’s generally on the shorter end. You will need a companion with you on the day of your egg retrieval, so be sure you have a support person who can travel with you. Your companion only needs to be present on the day of your procedure. Both travel arrangements for you and your companion will be covered. We work with a travel agent who will be in direct communication with you regarding travel itineraries.
- How much are egg donors paid?
Egg donors receive financial compensation for donating their eggs and are not paid for selling their eggs. Egg donors receive compensation for the pain and suffering involved in the egg donation process.
- First-time egg donors are compensated $10,000.
- Repeat egg donors are compensated $12,000.
- We do offer egg donor compensation above $12,000 if a donor has outstanding qualities that are difficult to find.
- Egg donors receive $750 of their total compensation upon start of injectable medications.
- Egg donors will receive the balance of their compensation after the completion of the egg retrieval procedure regardless of the number of eggs that are retrieved.
- How many times can I be an egg donor? Do many of your egg donors donate multiple times?
The majority of our egg donors donate more than once because they find the process to be gratifying and relatively easy. Egg donors are allowed to complete up to six donations. We will request medical records and a recommendation form from the IVF doctor after each cycle to be sure they have no medical concern with you completing an additional egg donation cycle.
- How long does the egg donation process take once I’m selected?
Once you are selected by intended parents, your egg retrieval will likely occur within two to four months. If we expect it to be any longer than this, we’ll certainly let you know. The time will fly because you’ll be busy with screenings, contracts, and taking your medications.
- How long do I have to wait in between egg donations?
If you decide you’d like to donate your eggs more than one time, you will need to have two regular periods between cycles.
- How do you handle the financial aspect of egg donation?
Growing Generations has a finance team dedicated to taking care of each case. From reimbursements to your final compensation, our finance team will make sure you receive any payments or reimbursements in a timely manner.
We require that our intended parents deposit all of your expenses and fees into a Client Expense Account managed by Growing Generations. We require these funds before you’re allowed to begin any medications.
- How do you match egg donors with intended parents? How long will my egg donation process take?
Match times vary greatly from less than a day to over a year. The best advice we can give you is to set yourself apart through your profile. Put your best foot forward by giving complete, thoughtful answers and providing clear, great quality photos.
Your profile will be housed in our password protected database. Intended parents who are looking for an egg donor create password protected search accounts to view egg donor profiles. Once we have an intended parent who would like to choose you, we’ll be in contact to confirm your availability for a match and an egg retrieval cycle.
- Does my sexual partner need to undergo any medical tests?
Yes. Any sexual partners will need to undergo infectious disease screening. The intended parents who choose you will pay for this testing and your partner can go into a local lab for testing, so they are not required to travel.
- Do I have to travel to donate my eggs?
The short answer is maybe.☺ Helpful right? Well, it really depends on where you live. About 85% of our intended parents are working with a doctor in Southern California. So, if you live outside of So Cal, there is a good chance that you will need to travel. If you cannot travel due to job or school conflicts and you live outside of So Cal, it may take longer to find a match for you.
- Do egg donors meet the parents? The offspring?
No, you don’t. We do have intended parents who would like the option of meeting their egg donor or would like their egg donor to be open to meeting potential offspring once they reach the age of 18. We’ll ask you your preference on this, and if it’s not something you’re comfortable with, we’ll let the intended parents know. This is a good time to mention that while this process is anonymous (your full name and contact information will not be provided to the intended parents), as you probably know, it doesn’t take much information to find someone (thank you Google!). We don’t say this to alarm you, but if you are anxious about someone finding out who your identity, you should not be an egg donor anywhere. With this said, we’re finding that more and more egg donors are completely comfortable and proud of their decision to help create families, but we know being an egg donor is not the right choice for everyone.
- Do I have to be abstinent during the entire egg donation process?
No, you don’t. Each IVF doctor is a little different, but the average period of abstinence is 3-4 weeks total. We’ll be honest. Not many egg donors are really interested in being sexually active during this time period, as you may have some bloating and abdominal tenderness.
- Do egg donors administer injectable medications to themselves, or can a friend do it?
Most egg donors administer their own injectable medication, but you’re absolutely welcome to have your friend or partner administer the shots for you. You will have some time with the nurse at your medical screening to go over how to administer your medications. We promise it’s easier than it sounds!
- Can I be an egg donor if I am a transgender man (my sex assigned at birth was female, but I am male)?
We would love to consider you as an egg donor, as long as you have not taken testosterone as part of your transition. Being an egg donor requires the administering of fertility medication to stimulate the ovaries, and testosterone can interfere with the fertility medical protocol.