Egg Donor Screening

90259420Growing Generations is proud to be incredibly selective with the young women who are accepted into our egg donor program. Statistically, fewer than 1% of those who will first indicate an interest will make it through our screening process and go on to become egg donors. The selective nature is meant to provide only the best donors to our intended parents, but we understand that it can feel overwhelming to those considering egg donation.

In general, Growing Generations adheres to the same basic selection criteria as many other reputable agencies. These criteria include:

• Must be 21-30 years old (may vary by agency)

• BMI lower than 26

• No history of inherited cancers in the family

• No serious heart disease or heart attacks under the age of 55

• No history of Sexually Transmitted Disease

• No history of illegal drug use

• No psychiatric hospitalizations

• U.S. citizen

• High school diploma (college degree preferred)

The screening process will begin when you fill out a simple online questionnaire. This form allows us to screen for very preliminary qualifications including your BMI, health background, and whether or not you are a tobacco user. You’ll want to be honest in answering these questions, as there will be tests to confirm your answers later during the screening process.

If the automated questionnaire comes back indicating that you’re a qualified candidate, we will reach out to you to schedule a phone call. During that call, we will talk with you about what is involved in an egg donation as well as about what will be expected of you during the process.

At some point prior to beginning your medical cycle, you will also need to meet with someone on our staff. This person will evaluate your psychological understanding of this journey. You may also be asked to take a computer generated personality screening. This step is sometimes completed before a donor’s profile is published and sometimes completed later in the process.

If you have specific questions about the selection process, you are welcome to reach out to an Admissions Specialist at any time during your screening process.

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: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel 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.