Our egg donation program meets the highest standards of care and criteria established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition, our program is regulated by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We follow the latest guidelines and regulations set forth by these agencies in order to provide you with the best care throughout the donation process. We’re committed to caring for you during this journey and creating a positive and rewarding experience for you. Your confidentiality and anonymity will be strictly preserved.
Who can donate
To qualify and apply to be an egg donor in our program, you must be:
- 21 to 31 years old
- Healthy weight and BMI of 19 to 29
- Physically and emotionally healthy, with normal menstrual cycles
- Without a significant history of chronic medical conditions or genetic diseases
- Able to provide your own transportation
You will be compensated $10,000 for your time and commitment for helping to build a family. Please note that the compensation is tax deductible, so you will receive an IRS form (1099) at the end of the year. Throughout the donation cycle (once you start injections), you will be covered by a medical insurance that the program will purchase. You will not be responsible for any medical costs related to the screening process or egg donation.
Phase one: Becoming a donor/screening process
This phase consists of applying to our program, psychological evaluation, consultation, physical exam, blood tests and genetic screening. You will not be responsible for any medical costs related to the screening process or egg donation.
Phase two: Getting selected
If you are approved as a donor, we will notify you once you have been selected for a cycle. We will choose a timeframe that fits your schedule.
Phase three: Egg donation cycle
- The cycle will be synchronized with the recipient’s using birth control pills.
- Afterwards, you will be taking injectable medications over a period of approximately 10 to 14 days to stimulate multiple eggs to grow in your ovaries. Once you are on injections, you must be available daily (between 7am and 9am) for blood work and ultrasound, to monitor your response to the medications. Some of these monitoring appointments are available at multiple locations for your convenience.
- When your ovaries are ready, we will perform an egg retrieval under anesthesia. This procedure takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
- About one to two weeks after the procedure, you will meet with our physician for a follow-up exam and to make sure you are feeling well post-retrieval.
Frequently asked questions
Why do we need egg donors?
- Some women are born without functioning ovaries.
- Women with certain genetic disorders are not able to conceive naturally.
- Younger women’s ovaries sometimes fail prematurely for unknown reasons.
- Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of these can damage the ovaries.
What is the overall time commitment for egg donation?
The procedures involved in egg donation (medications, injections and egg retrieval) can be completed in approximately three to four weeks. However, there are other steps involved in egg donation. This includes the screening process, which can take approximately four weeks from start to finish. In addition, getting selected and matched with recipient(s) may take several weeks to months.
Do I need health insurance to apply, and do I have to use my own insurance?
No. During the egg donation process, you will not be financially responsible for any testing, exams or services related to the screening and donation process. Throughout the donation cycle (once you start injections), you will be covered by an insurance that the program will purchase.
Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?
Egg retrieval is performed under anesthesia and there is rarely pain after the procedure. However, you may experience some abdominal cramps after the procedure.
Will I have any restrictions during my egg donation?
Once you start your medications, you will need to refrain from drinking alcohol and taking other medications such as Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen and naproxen. In addition, you will need to refrain from intercourse, exercise and strenuous activities when you start your injectable medications until the period after your egg retrieval.
Can I donate my eggs more than once?
Most likely, yes. Please contact the donor egg coordinator if you are interested in donating for a subsequent time. According to the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, you should not donate eggs more than six times in your lifetime.
How many eggs will I donate, and does this deplete my own egg supply?
We will retrieve mature eggs that are stimulated during your donation cycle. Most women are born with one to two million eggs. Most women ovulate one egg per month. Although one egg develops and is ovulated each month, women actually lose many more eggs per month through normal degeneration. During your egg donation cycle, your ovaries are stimulated so that more than one egg develops. In other words, the medications taken during the donor egg cycle stimulate the development of some of the eggs that would have otherwise died off. Donating eggs does not deplete the supply of eggs you have to create your own family.