All potential egg donors must go through a thorough selection process during which you will be interviewed and the agency will address all your concerns and questions. There are a number of specific requirements for becoming an egg donor. These include:
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
- You must be in good health.
- You must have a normal body mass index.
- 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.
The Screening Process
If you meet all these requirements, you will then go through the admissions phase.
This usually involves completing a questionnaire and having an interview during which all your questions about the donation program will be addressed. You will then fill out the enrollment paperwork. 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.