Egg Donation FAQ for Donors

pretty-girlIf you are a healthy, attractive, educated woman between the ages of 21 and 30, and you would like to help someone conceive a child, you may want to consider becoming an egg donor. You should be aware that during the screening process you will be required to undergo medical and psychological evaluation. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about egg donation for donors.

How do I get matched with intended parents?

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.

How long does it take to get a match?

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 happens once Im matched with intended parents?

Once you’re matched with intended parents, the agency will ask you to complete a psychological interview and a genetic interview. Once those two screenings are completed, you’ll be instructed to make your medical screening appointment. You will also be referred to an attorney to complete contracts.

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.

 

Do I have to meet the parents or 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.

 

How much are donors compensated?

  • 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
  • You receive $750 of your total compensation upon start of injectable medications
  • You receive the balance of your compensation after the completion of the egg retrieval procedure, regardless of the number of eggs that are retrieved

 

How many times can I donate?

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.

 

Updated 7/17/18

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.