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Egg Donor Requirements
At Extraordinary Conceptions, we know that egg donation and the women who donate their eggs truly make a difference in the lives of others. We work with intended parents from around the world who are trying to conceive a child but can’t do it without the help of an egg donor like yourself. While egg donation is an incredible gift to give another family, there are some basic requirements to donate eggs. Read on for more information about the egg donor health requirements.
Are you thinking about becoming an egg donor?
Maybe you know someone who struggled with infertility and needed the help of an egg donor to become a parent. If so, then you know how heartbreaking and difficult it can be for people who are unable to conceive on their own. Donating your eggs can be a very rewarding experience for the parents and for yourself. Becoming an egg donor gives you the opportunity to learn more about your own genetics and fertility through the testing and screening process that you may not know otherwise. Egg donors learn the outcome from their egg donation, which brings the experience full circle. While most egg donations are anonymous, in some cases there are “known donations” where the egg donor and parents may even stay in contact for future updates. And of course, all of our egg donors are generously compensated for their time.
What Kind of Women are Intended Parents Looking for in Their Donor?
Intended parents tend to have their own egg donor requirements, with many looking for potential egg donors who may physically resemble themselves in some way such as hair color, facial features, or blood type. Aside from physical characteristics, they may also be looking for ways in which the donors reflect themselves; artistic, compassionate, humorous, and well educated. Because we help such a diverse group of parents, we are looking for all types of women who are willing to become egg donors.
Is the Procedure Safe?
Yes! Though there are risks (as with any procedure), those associated with egg donation are quite low. There are also no known long-term side effects or risks of the egg donation process. Egg donation is identical to the process of IVF, which has been performed safely for many, many years.
However, it is important to understand these risks before getting started. These include a reaction to the medication or antibiotics, bruising, or discomfort from the routine bloodwork and injections, pregnancy if having unprotected sex, and injury during the egg retrieval procedure. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, where the ovaries over respond to the medication, sometimes occurs, but this condition is not common and easily treated.
Research has not shown an increased risk of cancer or infertility from the egg donation procedure. That said, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that a donor undergo no more than six egg donation cycles.
Do I Have to Pay for Anything?
Nope! The entire cycle, including medical screening and testing, genetic testing, psychological screening, and legal fees, are paid for entirely by the intended parents. In addition, your medication and the entire medical procedure are also covered. This is the case even if you are found to be ineligible to proceed with a cycle or if your cycle is canceled for any reason. In addition, a small health insurance policy will be purchased should you need additional medical care after the procedure.
Is Egg Donation Right for You?
Please take a few minutes to read the information in our Donor Center and related sections and feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding egg donor health requirements or our program. If you’re ready to apply now, please click the button below to be directed to our Egg Donor Application. The basic egg donor requirements are listed below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Minimum Requirements to become an Egg Donor:
While we are always in need of a diverse group of women to act as egg donors in our program, there are some basic requirements that must be met in order for a woman to donate her eggs. The minimum basic requirements to donate eggs include:
- A healthy woman between the ages of 18-29
- BMI of 27 or less (height & weight proportionate)
- A non-smoker and not using recreational drugs
Additional Things To Consider:
- Although college experience is not necessary for egg donors, if you have a degree or are currently enrolled in college, it may be a key factor in the Parents’ decision.
- You must be willing to complete medical & psychological testing as per the current egg donor guidelines and those required by the IVF physician.
- You must be willing to take a series of injectable medications or have someone who will absolutely be able to give them to you as directed.
- You will need to attend mandatory monitoring appointments while you are taking your medication. These appointments cannot be missed.
- You must be willing to undergo the necessary outpatient surgical procedure for the actual egg retrieval.
- You may need to avoid sex, stop exercising, or take it easy for a few days before or after your procedure. Your IVF doctor and nurse will give you instructions if necessary.
- Keep in mind that the entire process from the time of selection by the future parent to egg donation retrieval is typically 60-90 days.
Compensation for egg donation starts at $5,000 plus additional benefits and support. If travel is required for your donation, all travel is paid upfront plus per diem. We also have opportunities for international travel. Certain donors who are in demand may be able to receive higher compensation for their time.
Calling All Current Egg Donors!
Are you currently an egg donor with Extraordinary Conceptions that has children already? Have you ever given thought to becoming a surrogate as another way to help make someone’s dream of having a baby come true? Did you know that you can register to do both?! Simply log in to your donor profile and click to complete the surrogacy application on the right side of your profile. (View may be different on mobile phones). After you submit your initial application, someone from our Surrogacy Admissions team will reach out to you to take the next step.