Egg Donor Requirements

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When applying to donate eggs to Growing Generations, your first step is to answer some questions about your health history, family’s health history and any medications you are taking. All potential egg donors will go through a thorough selection process during which you will be interviewed, and our agency will address all your concerns and questions. We have a number of specific requirements for becoming an egg donor, including:

  • Being between the ages of 21-30
  • A BMI lower than 26
  • No history of inherited cancers
  • No familial history of multiple family members with heart disease or heart attack before age 55
  • No psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Being a non-smoker
  • Regular menstrual periods
  • Having both ovaries
  • No history of substance abuse
  • Willing to take fertility injections and keep all appointments

Understanding the Egg Donor Selection Process

While we accept less than 1% of egg donor applicants, please know and understand that our selection process is extensive for a purpose. We screen our donors and take health and mental well-being into consideration to be sure donation is in YOUR best interest. This thorough screening also ensures that we can present only the best egg donors to our intended parents.

Our online application will determine if you meet our requirements. If you do, you will then fill out the enrollment paperwork and wait to be selected by intended parents. After you are chosen, you will be asked to undergo a series of screenings that include:

Fertility: Your ovaries will be examined through a physical/pelvic examination to determine their ability to produce eggs.

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

Genetic: Your family history will be assessed to check for any possible genetic disorders or hereditary diseases. You will be given blood tests for diseases including sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs.

Psychological: 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, becoming an egg donor with Growing Generations is something to be proud of.

If you have questions about being an egg donor, check out our FAQ page.

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.