When a woman decides she wants to learn about egg donation, there are a variety of ways she can start the process. As one can imagine, there is plenty of information only a click away on the internet; however, one of the best connections she can make is with a reputable egg donor agency that has been in the industry for a decade or more. An agency with experience and stability will have a protocol in place that is professional, thorough, and above all, compassionate.
In a world full of so many options, what are future parents looking for when they’re searching for an egg donor? Read below to find out, the basic requirements for egg donors, what some parents are looking for in their potential donor and the desirable traits that “egg donors in demand” possess.
A Donor’s Ethnicity
Believe it or not, a donor’s ethnicity or family heritage is one of the most desirable traits for egg donors. There are intended parents of every ethnicity looking for an egg donor, and many of them are looking for donors that are of the same background.
While egg donors are needed to help achieve these goals, there are in fact particular types of egg donors that are considered high in demand. At the top of the demand list are women who are of Asian descent. While 100% full ethnicity of Chinese, Japanese or Korean heritage is extremely sought after, those who have a partial Asian heritage are also encouraged to apply to reputable agencies.
Traditionally, fertility related issues are considered private and not openly discussed in many Asian cultures. Through education and social media, the younger generations are learning that their healthy eggs can help other women become moms, as well as help gay men and single dads become parents as well. Although, there are a variety of other reasons that Asian egg donors are needed.
Jewish egg donors are also in high demand. The Jewish faith poses some unique challenges when it comes to both donating your eggs and using donated eggs. These rules often make Jewish women hesitant or uncertain about whether she should become an egg donor. Many intended parents and egg donor agencies are willing to pay extra for egg donors meeting the unique qualifications needed by Jewish egg donors.
Women who are of Middle Eastern or East Indian descent are also highly in demand as egg donors. The reason for this is largely cultural or religious; many women struggle with explaining the procedure or why they are doing this type of procedure to family members who may be more traditional. Like women with other unique backgrounds, many intended parents or agencies may be willing to provide extra compensation to Middle Eastern or East Indian women.
One of the more common desirable traits for egg donors is a high level of intelligence or impressive academic performance. Some intended parents even insist to look at their potential donor’s IQ scores prior to committing to a cycle.
Thus it’s not surprising that they seek out donors who are not only college educated, but who are enrolled in or have graduated from Ivy League schools. They are also eligible to receive higher compensation due to their academic status and accomplishments.
Samples of Ivy League or leading universities include but are not limited to the following:
- Princeton University
- Harvard University
- University of Chicago
- Yale University
- Columbia University
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Duke University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Johns Hopkins University
- Dartmouth College
- California Institute of Technology
- Northwestern University
- Brown University
- Cornell University
- Georgetown University
- University of California-Berkeley
- University of Southern California (USC)
- University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Some parents also look at SAT or other standardized test scores. Having extremely high scores (if verified) can also make a potential egg donor more desirable or more in demand.
Desirable Traits for Egg Donors
While the jury is out on whether personality is the result of genetics or environment, many intended parents look for evidence that an egg donor has personality traits similar to their own. This may mean that she has special abilities, such as artistic or musical talent, or be athletically inclined.
For other couples, this may mean a dedication to volunteerism or philanthropy. Intended parents like to see that a donor is dedicated to her passions and commitments.
While it is important for all donors to demonstrate their talents on their application, donors with a history of accomplishments in their talent are especially desirable as egg donors.
When a woman decides to become an egg donor, she helps individuals and/or couples become parents. Future parents who have wanted a baby for so long think of little else and egg donors can help make those parenthood dreams come true.
Despite reputable donor agencies compensating their egg donors generously those with desirable traits for egg donors, many women report that the most rewarding part of the process isn’t the compensation, but knowing that they have helped someone else’s dream of a family to become reality.
If you are ready to learn more about egg donation or fill out an application, get in touch! We look forward to assisting you on this journey to help build a family!