Questions about being an Egg Donor
Being an Egg Donor.
If you are a healthy, attractive woman between the ages of 21 and 30, and wish to receive egg donor information on how to become an egg donor prospect, please fill out the online application. Please note that egg donors must be willing to complete medical and psychological testing, take a series of injectable medications, and undergo an outpatient surgical procedure for egg retrieval. The typical timeline from selection by a future parent to completion of your egg donation is 2-4 months.
- What happens after I submit my application?
- How do I get matched with intended parents? How long does it take?
- What information do parents get about me on my profile?
- Do I have to meet the parents? The offspring?
- Do I have to travel?
- If I do travel, how much travel is involved? How is travel booked?
- What happens once I’m matched with Intended Parents?
- How long does the process take once I’m selected?
- What is involved medically? Are there any risks?
- Do I have to administer the shots myself or can a friend do it?
- Do I have to be abstinent during the entire process?
- How much are donors compensated?
- How many times can I donate? Do many of your donors donate again?
- How long do I have to wait in between donations?
- There are many agencies to choose from, why should I work with GG?
- I’m working with another agency, is that OK?
- How do you handle the financial aspect of egg donation?
- Does my sexual partner need to undergo any medical tests?
What happens after I submit my application?
We’ll review your application within 1 business day and let you know if we can move forward or not. If we are able to move forward, we’ll invite you to schedule your egg donor phone consult. You can use our easy online calendaring system through your online account. This way we eliminate phone tag! During your consult we’ll discuss how the egg donation process works and answer any questions you may have.
Once your phone consult is completed, we will provide you with some documents to read over and sign. We’ll also request photos, GPA and test score verification and ID verification.
After we’ve received all of the requested items we’ll be able to make your profile available for intended parents to view. At this time 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. This test is an excellent way to assure prospective intended parents and a great way to learn about your own fertility. You will not have to pay for the cost of this test.
How do I get matched with intended parents? How long does it take?
Your profile will be housed in our password protected database. Intended parents who are looking for a donor will obtain a password from us and view 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 donor cycle.
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.
What information do parents get about me on my profile?
We’ll just let you check it out for yourself. Note that video interviews are created after you’re selected by intended parents.
Click here for a sample profile.
Do I have to meet the parents? The offspring?
No you don’t. We do have intended parents who would like the option of meeting their donor or would like their 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 just let 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 you are, 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….it’s just not the right choice for everyone.
Do I have to travel?
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 just take longer to find a match for you.
If I do travel, 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 doctor you’ll be working with. The first is just a one day trip (you may spend one night 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 1st and 2nd trip will be at a local monitoring doctor that your primary 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.
What happens once I’m matched with Intended Parents?
Once you’re matched with intended parents, our Case Management Team will be taking care of you. First, you’ll be asked to complete your psychological interview and your genetic interview. Once those two screenings are completed, you’ll be instructed to make your medical screening appointment with the doctor you’ll be working with (Don’t worry! We’ll give you explicit instructions). At this time, we’ll also refer you to your attorney to complete contracts. We should receive your medical clearance 2 weeks after your screening appointment at which time 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 a donor. We’ll review this with you during your phone consultation.
How long does the process take once I’m selected?
Once you are selected, you can expect 2-4 months before your actual egg retrieval occurs. 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.
What is involved medically? Are there any risks?
For many potential 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 phone consult.
Do I have to administer the shots myself or can a friend do it?
Most donors do their own injections 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!
Do I have to be abstinent during the entire process?
No you don’t. Each doctor is a little different but the average period of abstinence is 3-4 weeks total. We’ll be honest…not many donors are really interested in being sexually active during this time period as you may have some bloating and abdominal tenderness☺
How much are donors compensated?
Donors are compensated $8,000 for their first donation and $10,000 for each donation thereafter. In addition to this compensation, reasonable travel expenses and other benefits are provided. Please click below for a sample benefit package:
How many times can I donate? Do many of your donors donate again?
The majority of our donors do donate more than one time because they find the process to be gratifying and relatively easy. Egg donors are allowed to do up to 6 donations. We will request a medical records and a recommendation form from the doctor between each cycle just to be sure they have no concern with you donating another time.
How long do I have to wait in between donations?
If you doecide you’d like to donate more than one time, we will have your body have two regular periods between cycles.
There are many agencies to choose from, why should I work with GG?
We thought we’d let our mission statement speak for itself☺
I’m working with another agency, is that OK?
It is ok though we do prefer that our donors be exclusive with us. We just ask that if you are chosen at the other agency you’re working with that you let us know right away. We want to make sure your profile reflects that you’re unavailable so we don’t have any disappointed intended parents on our hands!
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 all of your expenses and fees are deposited into a Client Expense Account managed by Growing Generations. We require these funds before you’re allowed to begin any medications.
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.