We appreciate your interest and compassion in becoming an egg donor to help a couple in need. Please see a list of sample question that will help you understand if you may qualify as an egg donor. At the end is a link to fill out our online donor form if you are still interested.
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, you may qualify.
- Are you between the ages of 21 and 32 years of age?
- Are you in good health and a nonsmoker?
- Do you have regular menstrual cycles?
- Do you have both ovaries and do you have no reproductive problems?
- Do you have no current history of a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia or GC?
- Do you have no history of HIV or hepatitis?
- Are you psychologically healthy?
- Do you have no current use of drugs or excessive alcohol consumption?
- Do you have no family history of inherited genetic disorders or conditions?
- Does your work or school schedule allow you to make it to daily doctor’s appointments?
- Are you willing to take hormone injections?
- Do you have a car, a valid driver’s license, or reliable transportation?
- If you have children, do you have a babysitter for when you have doctor’s appointments?
- Are you dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments?
When you become an egg donor, you will be administering injectable fertility medications and will have frequent visits to the New Hope Center for blood testing and ultrasounds to monitor the your ovaries.
Egg donors are required to inject small amounts of hormone under the skin of the abdomen or thighs using a tiny needle. These daily hormones injections continue for approximately 10 days to increase the number of eggs normally produced by the ovaries.
Egg donors are required to attend an injection teaching session to learn how to prepare the medications and inject them properly.
During this ovarian stimulation period, the egg donor is required to visit the office for monitoring. Monitoring involves having blood drawn and scans of ovaries utilizing a transvaginal ultrasound. The blood testing monitors hormone levels as they response to the injectable medications. The transvaginal ultrasounds allows the physician to get a visualization of the number and size of the ovarian follicles, which contain the eggs.
Donors go through an egg retrieval procedure to harvest eggs. Egg retrieval procedure normally takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but the egg donor will spend roughly a half day in total at The New Hope Center. Egg retrieval occurs while the donor is sedated. Following the egg retrieval procedure, the egg donor recovers in the recovery room for one to two hours prior to discharge. The donor will be required to have a friend or relative on hand to take hear home. Abdominal tenderness and bloating is possible after the procedure.
The complete egg donation process, from initial application to egg retrieval can take three months or more depending on the whether the eggs are being used for a specific couple or will be frozen for future use. Every attempt is made to schedule the initial screening tests to accommodate the donor’s schedule. During the stimulation phase, donors may need to be at The New Hope Center as often as every day, or every other day, for monitoring.
Upon completion of the egg retrieval procedure, the donor receives compensated for her time, commitment and effort
How to Begin
If you meet the criteria for eligibility and would like to be an anonymous egg donor, please fill out our simple online form. Please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria listed above before applying.
Become an Egg Donor FAQ's
- What are the risks?
When considering becoming an egg donor, the primary risk for which you should be aware is called “Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome” (OHSS). Although this is rare, risk is minimized as our fertility specialists carefully monitor patients during stimulation cycles. What are the symptoms of OHSS? They can include extreme bloating and/or weight gain. Before moving forward to become an egg donor, you should make sure to have a discussion with our medical team to fully understand any risks or possible side effects of the medications and procedures utilize for egg donors. Egg Donor Risks & Complications.
- Will I be able to have children after egg donation?
Bottom line, Yes. While each woman may have her own naturally occurring fertility challenges, egg donation in itself is not a contributing factor. What? A normal female has roughly 400,000 follicles (eggs) by after going through puberty. In her lifetime, only 400 will reach maturity and be ovulated. The remainder, or roughly 399,600 go unused. Through ovary stimulation, extra eggs are released that would otherwise go used. Therefore, the normal pool of ovarian follicles is not depleted by egg donation.
- How long will this process take?
Once an egg donor is approved and schedule for her egg donation cycle, the process is actually relatively short, approximately 6 weeks. The screening process is rigorous and often can take several months for approval of a donor.
- Will I miss school or work?
If you are a student of higher learning it’s important to understand that the majority of your appointments will be scheduled for early in the morning. That means little schedule disruption for our egg donors. Your retrieval day does require you to miss a full day of school or work. In general, most egg donors return to school or work the following day. Serving as an egg donor does require a strict adherence to your schedule of appointments. It requires females who embrace the level of their personal responsibility in the process.
- Does egg donation cost me anything?
Other than your time, No. The prospective parents are take care of costs incurred for both the egg donor and egg donation cycle. These expenses include egg donor compensation, all egg donor medical costs, insurance, attorney fees and travel expenses.
- How much compensation is paid to egg donors?
Egg donors are compensated for their generosity, time and dedication. Egg donor payments can vary with higher fees normally paid to successful prior egg donators.
- Can I donate eggs if my tubes are tied?
Actually Yes. Eggs are aspirated prior to being released by the body so tied tubes are not a factor.
- What if I am on birth control?/span>
We cannot accept egg donors using Depo-Provera Injections as a form of birth control. Other forms, such as birth control pills, IUD or Nuvo Ring as acceptable.
- What are the medications I must take?
Your New Hope physician will prescribe any stimulation medications for administering. The donor will self-inject three different hormones over the course of approximately 3 weeks. The first prevents ovulation. The second hormone medication stimulates the production of follicles (eggs). Finally, a hormone medication will be given which matures the eggs and induces ovulation.
- Are the medications I take safe?
The medications used for egg donor stimulation are widely utilized and are the result of of rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety.
- How do I give myself injections?
As an egg donor, the New Hope staff will demonstrate and give you instructions to deliver daily injections. All injections are under the skin so they are easy to self-administer. The needles used have are very small and most donor reports little discomfort.
- Will I undergo surgery?
Surgery is not necessary. Eggs are retrieved vaginally with no need for a surgical cut. Sedation is used for the egg donor's comfort. Due to the use of IV sedation, the egg donor is required to have a companion to drive her home.