How to Become an Egg Donor
Some women are not able to conceive using their own eggs for a variety of reasons, including early menopause or a genetic condition. If you are a healthy woman between the ages of 21 and 32, you can become an egg donor and help these women experience the joy of pregnancy and motherhood.
Donors are required to be less than 32 years old, to maximize the production of follicles that contain eggs. All women who wish to be considered for egg donation must complete a detailed questionnaire and have an initial consult with the physician.
It is important that your medical records be made available at the time of this consultation. Certain fertility tests will be performed before entering the Donor program. If you would like to be considered for egg donation, please call us to schedule an appointment.
How do I get started?
When you call the office, you will be asked preliminary question to see if you qualify. The next step is to complete the Egg Donor Questionnaire and forwarding the completed form to our office, initiates the screening process. This begins with an initial physician visit, at which time consent forms must be signed and witnessed, a physical examination is performed, and the donor procedures are reviewed.
If accepted, your donor code will be added to the donor registry from which recipient couples will select. After a recipient couple selects you, you will receive appropriate instructions which include blood tests and a psychological evaluation. Upon receipt of these results, the Egg Donor / IVF coordinator will schedule a visit to provide instructions regarding the medications and their administration.
You will be provided with the medications through our office. The coordinator will schedule you for your first ultrasound and blood test. You should refrain from taking any aspirin products or any non-steroidal medications (i.e. Motrin, Advil, Anaprox, Naprosyn) from the time you are selected.
What does the donor process entail?
There are several steps in the Egg Donor / IVF procedure. The first step involves the Donor using a GnRH agonist (Lupron) in conjunction with fertility medicines (hMG or FSH) to stimulate the ovaries for the production of several mature eggs. This process is commonly referred to as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. This is in contrast to the natural menstrual cycle in which only one follicle with one egg is produced.
The response of the ovaries to these medicines is monitored by serial ultrasounds to observe the development of the follicles. Follicles are collections of fluid within the ovary containing an egg. Additionally, serial blood tests are performed to monitor the serum Estradiol and overall hormonal response to these medications.
By interpreting the results of the ultrasounds and blood tests, the physician is able to accurately determine the best time to harvest or remove the ova. An injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), commonly known as Profasi or Pregnyl is administered to induce the final maturation of the ova. Approximately 35.5 hours following the administration of the hCG, the oocyte retrieval is performed.
The most common procedure used for oocyte retrieval is ultrasound-guided aspiration. This procedure uses an ultrasound probe inserted into the vagina and a needle is guided through the vaginal wall into the ovary. Using the needle, the eggs are aspirated from the ovary using a suction device. This technique is the preferred method as the procedure is quicker, can be performed with light anesthesia and avoids abdominal incisions.
Will I be seen after the retrieval process?
You are required to come back to the office 2 – 3 weeks after the retrieval. During this visit an examination will be performed and you will receive your compensation check.
Are Donors compensated for their time?
As a participant in the anonymous egg donor program of the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey you will be compensated for your time, inconvenience, and effort for screening, ovulation induction, and egg retrieval. As a participant in the program, you will be compensated eight thousand dollars ($8,000) following your 2-week visit after the retrieval.
If you complete the ovulation induction (take all the medications), but the physicians determine that egg retrieval should not be performed, you will be paid only five hundred dollars ($500).
Cycle monitoring is crucial during this process, therefore donors will be penalized if they are late or miss appointments.
The penalty for being late is $300 and for missing an appointment is $500 per incident. These penalties will be deducted from the $8,000 compensation. If you decide to withdraw from the program at any time, you will not be penalized in any way. However, you will receive no financial compensation.
The egg donor team at RSC-New Jersey is a very advanced team of professionals who supervise every step of the entire process. Our IVF team and equipment are at the forefront of reproductive medicine.
Be assured that all our efforts are directed toward a successful procedure and to guide you safely through your treatment.
Read, download or print the Known Egg Donor Handbook
Read,download or print the Anonymous Egg Donor Handbook