Why Egg Donors Should Take Their Time On Their Profiles

The Importance of Your Egg Donor Profile

During your admissions process, you’ll be asked to complete your donor profile and video. This is the information that is posted on our database for prospective parents to review and select their perfect donor. Your profile consists of your educational history, medical history (mental health, reproductive health, etc.), family/genetic history, and most importantly, photos, and personal essay questions.

Some parents are looking for specific qualities in an egg donor, like a higher education level or certain ethnicity, but most parents are hoping to find a donor they can relate to, whether it’s through appearances, personalities, or similar interests. Even though your donation is anonymous, your profile and video give parents an opportunity to get to know the “real” you.

It’s important to take your time creating your profile and not rush through it. Parents are also looking for an egg donor they can trust. Using proper grammar and providing well thought-out responses gives parents confidence that you are serious about this process.

Key Elements of Your Profile

Medical

Most of your profile consists of listing your medical history. It’s helpful to consult with trusted family members about your family health history, so you can give honest and precise answers. The more details you can provide the better. Parents are looking at this information to ensure they have a compatible health history (i.e., not having a history of diabetes in both families). This is also information the parents will use in the future when providing their child’s health history.

Personal

The more fun aspect of your profile are the personal essay questions and photos/video. Are you adventurous and love to travel? Do you love animals and volunteer work? Are you a great cook? These questions are designed to really let your personality shine. When parents read your answers, they are hoping to find a connection with you, so it’s important to be honest and true to yourself.

Matching with Intended Parents

Once your profile is published on our database, intended parents will begin reviewing your information. There is no set time frame on when you’ll be selected, but we find that donors who take the time to create a great profile are usually selected sooner. After you’re selected by intended parents, you’ll begin the egg donation process, which consists of medical/psychological screenings, a legal contract, and the IVF cycle for the egg retrieval.

Learn More

If you have questions about being an egg donor, please visit our FAQ page for more information, or you can apply to be an egg donor here.

 

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.