While some potential donors are selected in a matter of a few weeks or months, many young women are curious about what they can do to strengthen their profile and help them get chosen as egg donor more quickly.
Your application and profile are used for more than simply getting you into the program as a potential egg donor; it is what potential parents actually look at when they are selecting an egg donor. In fact, your profile is how Intended Parents get to know you and make their decision! It is important to take your time and take the process seriously. Rushing to complete the application without thinking about what you are writing and how you might come across to a potential parent can weaken your chances of being chosen as an egg donor.
Intended Parents may spend weeks reviewing potential profiles as they are looking for their perfect egg donor match. In addition to a physical resemblance, most parents are looking for a connection to their donor. This may be a shared passion, similar career paths, or even similar personality traits. It’s what makes them think, “Wow! She’s just like me and my family!”
Here are ten tips for making your egg donor application stand out to potential intended parents.
- Take a few minutes to prepare. Before you jump in and start answering questions, read over the entire application and make sure that you understand what is being asked of you. Grab a piece of paper and start brainstorming your answers before you officially fill out the application. This helps you organize your thoughts and can help you keep redundancies to a minimum.
- Pretend you are a potential parent. While you are filling out your application, think about the kinds of things you would like to see on an egg donor’s profile. Shifting your perspective can help you consider what you are writing in a new light.
- Include a detailed medical and family history. Some donors may be hesitant to include information about a family members cancer or early heart disease. However, Intended Parents should have access to this information before making a decision. They may even become suspicious or concerned that you aren’t being honest if there is nothing filled out in the medical history section; it’s very rare that a donor would have absolutely no medical conditions in their family.
- Choose your pictures carefully. Make sure to send in pictures of you from infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Potential parents want to see what you looked like growing up! Sometimes a baby or childhood photo will remind them of someone in their own family, which can increase the likelihood of getting chosen. You should also make sure that the pictures are flattering and show you in a good light (skip the partying pictures).
- Highlight your accomplishments. Did you make the Dean’s List in college? Earn straight A’s? Have fantastic SAT/ACT scores? Maybe you started a successful business right out of high school? Here’s your chance to shine! Make sure to share the successes you are most proud of.
- Talk about your hobbies or what you like to do in your spare time. You are more than just a job or college degree. What you like to do in your spare time is an important part of who you are and a place where potential parents can really connect with you. They love seeing that you are good at art, a talented writer or that you love horses. These little traits are what make your profile and personality stand out.
- Proofread your longer responses. Make sure to write full sentences and double check your spelling and grammar. Read your responses out loud to make sure they make sense and are thoughtful replies to the question being asked.
- Be honest and sincere. Your potential parents want to get to know your authentic self, so don’t be afraid to be genuine and real.
- Answer all the questions. Make sure to answer everything. Don’t leave any of the questions blank. Providing a complete profile of yourself can help potential parents identify with you and make it more likely that you’ll get chosen.
- Make sure you meet all requirements. Women must be between the ages of 18 and 29 and have a BMI of 27 or less. Potential donors must also be in good health, a non-smoker and not currently using The Shot for birth control. In addition, donors must not have a history of genetic diseases or sexually transmitted diseases within the last year.
We can’t wait to receive your profile and get started on this journey with you! If you have any questions about our application process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our coordinators.