Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor! It is a tremendous responsibility to be selected to serve as an egg donor and you must be mature and dependable. While the process of egg donation requires extreme commitment and may at times be uncomfortable, it is a very rewarding experience. Significant compensation is provided. To be eligible to donate eggs in our program you must meet the following qualifications:
- Between the ages of 21 – 32
- Physically healthy and free from communicable diseases
- Within acceptable height/weight ranges (BMI 19-28) *See Chart
- No smoking or recreational drug use
- No family history of inheritable genetic or mental health disorders
- No history of substance abuse
- No tattoos or piercing within the past 12 months
- Have a formal education past the high school level
- Be willing to self-administer medication by injection
- Have reliable transportation and be able to make frequent morning office visits
If you meet the above criteria and wish to proceed, you may complete our egg donation pre-screening application by clicking on the link below.
Overview of the Egg Donation Process
- Pre-Screening Application
The pre-screening questionnaire is used to assess your basic eligibility for the egg donor program. If your initial application does not reveal any disqualifying information, it does not mean you will be able to donate your eggs, but rather that you advance to the next step in the screening process. Please review our initial criteria indicated above before beginning the pre-screening application, you must meet ALL these qualifications or your application will be rejected.
- Official Donor Application
If you meet our initial eligibility criteria, you will be invited to complete a more in-depth application involving your physical, social and family medical history. You MUST have accurate and complete information about your family’s medical and genetic history in order to fill out the application correctly. Oftentimes, donors need to seek out other members of the family in order to obtain the required information. If you are adopted, you may still be eligible to donate, but you MUST have a factual medical and genetic history on both your biological parents.
- Personal Interview/Informed Consent
Qualified applicants will be contacted by the donor egg coordinator to discuss the egg donation process and schedule a personal interview and a review of your medical history. At this appointment you will also undergo a brief fertility evaluation (pelvic ultrasound and blood test) to assess the capacity of your ovaries to produce eggs if you are at a certain point in your menstrual cycle. Because screening can be a highly personal, invasive, and time-consuming process, it is essential that you are fully advised of your risks and obligations of being an egg donor (see FAQs) and also that you are given the opportunity to have your questions and concerns addressed prior to proceeding in the process. We value each donor and it is important to us that you fully realize your decision to participate as an egg donor in our program. If at this point you decide to continue and your ovarian reserve is deemed appropriate then more extensive screening and testing will be scheduled.
- Psychological Evaluation
ASRM recommends that all prospective donors undergo a psychological evaluation during the screening process for the purpose of identifying emotional problems, evaluating donor motivations, and verifying that women have a thorough understanding of the physical, psychological, and legal risks that could result from donation. If you are married, your spouse may also be asked to undergo an evaluation. Common reasons for exclusion following psychological screening include a current psychiatric disorder, inappropriate motivations for egg donation, a chaotic lifestyle, or unrealistic expectations from the egg donation process. Women with a history of psychiatric medication use, depression, counseling, sexual abuse, social introversion, or miscarriages are more likely to be turned away from the egg donor program.
- Medical Evaluation
This part of the screening will involve an appointment with one of The Center’s physicians and includes a general physical, pelvic exam, and blood/urine tests for infectious diseases and genetics disorders. The outcome of this appointment must indicate that you are in good health and have no evidence of drug/nicotine use or communicable diseases. At this stage, if all screening is acceptable you become an active, eligible egg donor and ready to begin the stimulation/retrieval process. The donor egg coordinator will review your treatment protocol and you will be scheduled for an injection teaching class to learn how to self-administer your medications.
- Ovarian Stimulation/Egg Retrieval
For a period of 9-14 days, you will take several daily injections to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. During this time, you will be closely monitored by blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds to assess your progress. Once the follicles (the part of the ovary that contains the eggs) reach a certain size, you will receive a final injection that will help complete the maturation of the eggs. Precisely 34.5 – 36 hours after this injection, you will have your eggs retrieved under general anesthesia via a thin, ultrasound-guided needle passed through the vaginal wall and into each ovary. After the eggs are removed they are vitrified (fast-frozen) and placed in our frozen egg bank for recipient use or the fresh eggs are fertilized with the recipient husband’s sperm and the embryos are cultured for transfer into the recipient’s uterus. Because you have been under sedation, the hospital staff will NOT release you home unless you have someone with you to drive you home. Once at home, you are encouraged to rest for the remainder of the day. Most egg donors can expect to resume normal activities the next day. Your menstrual cycle should resume 1-2 weeks after retrieval at which time your normal birth control methods can be resumed.
Your decision to become an egg donor is a generous contribution and you will be compensated for your time and commitment. Many donors find that the rewards of egg donation outweigh any monetary benefit received. As an egg donor in our program, you will not be responsible for any medical costs related to the screening process, monitoring or retrieval procedure. At this time we do not reimburse egg donors for any cost incurred for travel to and from our office. Donors are paid for their efforts a total $3800 for each successful egg donation cycle. The compensation is received at a follow-up visit approximately two weeks after the egg retrieval.
By serving as an egg donor, you are giving an invaluable gift to infertile couples who may otherwise never be able to experience the joy of parenthood. If you meet the qualifications and want to change someone’s life, please submit your application today!
For more information about the Egg Donor Program at The Center for Reproductive Medicine, please call 251-438-4200 ext. 224.
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, please fill out our pre-screening application at the link below. Once your application is reviewed and approved, we will contact you about the next steps in the process.