We understand that the decision to become an egg donor is a significant one, and we make every effort to help you understand the process.
Below are frequently asked questions about egg donation.
What is egg donation?
Egg donation is a type of third party reproduction and assisted reproductive technology (ART). The egg donation process allows a woman to donate a number of oocytes, or eggs, to another woman or couple to use for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
How old do you have to be to donate eggs?
You must be between 21 and 30 years of age to donate eggs. See Become A Donor.
What are other egg donor requirements?
In addition to age requirements, potential egg donors must meet certain qualifications and submit to a full medical screening. Logistical considerations, such as your ability to keep appointments, will be taken into account, as well.
Will I receive compensation for donating my eggs?
Yes, donors receive partial compensation at the beginning of the cycle. Final compensation for donor time and dedication is received at egg retrieval. The $5,000 egg donor compensation rate will be discussed during your consultation with one of our donor coordinators.
What is the difference between egg donation and surrogacy?
A gestational carrier, or surrogate, is a woman who has been medically screened to carry a baby for another woman or a couple who is unable to carry a pregnancy. As an egg donor, you will donate oocytes, or eggs, to be fertilized and transferred to another woman through in vitro fertilization (IVF) who will carry the pregnancy herself.
Are there any expenses associated with egg donation?
No, the intended parents will be responsible for all costs of the cycle.
Will I have coverage for medical emergencies?
Yes, you will be provided with health insurance to protect against the unlikely event of a complication requiring medical attention occurring as a result of the treatment cycle. While the risk of a medical complication resulting from the egg donation process is extremely low, we believe that all patients should have coverage during any type of medical treatment.
What are the risks of egg donation?
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is characterized by enlarged ovaries, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and bloating. A mild form occurs in 10 to 20 percent of cycles and results in some discomfort but almost always resolves without complications. A severe form occurs in approximately 1 percent of cycles. With close monitoring by sonograms and blood work, the risk of developing OHSS is very low. There is a minor risk of bleeding or infection. (occur less than one percent)
Does donating eggs hurt?
The egg retrieval procedure is done under sedation, so you will not feel pain during the actual process. Afterward, you may experience some bleeding and/or cramping.
Will donating eggs affect my future fertility?
No, there is no evidence that donating eggs will affect your own future fertility. Each month your ovaries will recruit multiple follicles in which only one follicle reaches maturity and releases an egg. The remainder will stop developing and degenerate. The use of fertility medications helps to develop follicles that would otherwise degenerate.
Can I donate eggs if my tubes are tied?
Yes, a previous tubal ligation does not affect egg donation.
Can I donate eggs if I’ve already had a baby?
Yes. Previous pregnancies do not limit your ability to donate eggs.
How many times can I donate eggs?
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends no more than six donations.
How long does the egg donation process take?
The time between becoming an active donor and a family choosing your eggs for a cycle varies greatly. Once your profile has been chosen by an intended parent, the screening process takes about six weeks to complete. Your egg retrieval is usually scheduled three to four weeks after the start of injections.
How are donors and recipients matched?
As an egg donor, your profile including a description of your physical characteristics, will be available to egg recipients in our database. Egg recipients choose their donors based on a range of factors, including physical features, ethnic background, personality and talents.
How much time will I need to take off from school or work?
Our donor coordinators will work with your schedule as much as possible. Appointments are typically scheduled from early to late morning. You will have approximately seven appointments at our office for screening and monitoring follicular development. You should expect to stay home the day of your retrieval and possibly the day after should you choose.
What are my restrictions during the cycle?
We ask that you limit alcohol and caffeine intake during the cycle. Also, it is very important to abstain from sexual relations during the cycle to prevent pregnancy. High risk behaviors to avoid will be discussed with you during your consultation with one of our donor coordinators.
Do I have to give myself injections?
Yes, medications and hormones are administered through subcutaneous injections that are self administered. Your donor coordinator will give you an injection lesson and make sure you’re comfortable administering your own injections.
Will the donor egg recipient know who I am?
Our egg donation and recipient egg selection process are designed to ensure your privacy. Your name is not associated with your listing in our donor database, and you will remain anonymous to any recipient(s) who choose you as their egg donor.
Where can I donate my eggs?
Monitoring can be done in both our Carmel and Fort Wayne locations. Egg retrieval is performed in our Carmel office.