Egg Donor Requirements Refresher

Perhaps you’ve heard that Growing Generations accepts less than 1% of egg donor applicants, and you’re a bit concerned that you might not qualify. Please know that our selection process is extensive for a purpose. We screen our donors thoroughly taking your health and mental well-being into consideration to be sure donation is in your best interest. This exhaustive screening also ensures that we can present only the best donors to our intended parents. With that in mind, here’s a look at our minimum requirements to start the screening process.

  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • You must be in good health.
  • You must have a body mass index (BMI) under 24.
  • You must be a non-smoker.
  • You must have regular menstrual periods.
  • You must have both ovaries.
  • You must be in good psychological health.
  • You must have no history of substance abuse.
  • You must be willing to take fertility injections.
  • You must be able to keep all appointments.

Taking our online application will determine if you meet these requirements. If you do, you’ll progress on to our screening phase. This usually involves completing a questionnaire and having an interview during which all your questions about the donation program will be addressed. If everything comes back looking good, you will then fill out the enrollment paperwork and wait to be selected by intended parents. After you are selected by an intended parent, you will be asked to undergo a series of screenings:

Fertility screening—in which your ovaries will be examined through a physical/pelvic examination to determine their ability to produce eggs.

Medical screening—you will have tests to determine your blood type, check for any infectious or sexually transmitted diseases, and drug use.

Genetic screening—your family history will be assessed to check for any possible genetic disorders or hereditary diseases. You will be given blood tests for diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and Tay-Sachs disease.

Psychological screening—you will meet with a psychologist who will make sure you fully understand the benefits and possible risks of egg donation and that you have the proper motivations for becoming an egg donor.

At the end of these screenings you will be notified if you can proceed with your donation. If you qualify, be proud! Becoming an egg donor with Growing Generations means you’re part of the 1%, the cream of the crop.

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.