How to Become an Egg Donor
I might want to be an egg donor …
As a society, we are waiting longer and longer to pursue parenthood. The media bombards us with photos of celebrities becoming mothers well into their 40s. That makes us feel safe- like there is still plenty of time to put off having children. However, the reality of our bodies is a different story.
Fertility declines sharply at age 35 and continues to decrease with each passing year. By the time a woman reaches 40, her chances of conceiving naturally or via IVF with her own eggs, are compromised. Women at ages 40+ can still get pregnant, but their chances are increased (by as much as 70%!) with IVF using donor eggs.
What is An Egg Donor?
An egg donor is a woman who donates her eggs to a couple or individual experiencing infertility and desiring pregnancy. Egg donors can be anonymous or known to the patient(s) in need of eggs.
Who Uses Donor Eggs?
Typically the woman receiving a donor’s eggs has impending or complete ovarian failure. Ovarian failure is one of the leading causes of infertility and may occur for many reasons. Delayed child-bearing, autoimmune diseases, radiation or chemotherapy for cancer, and surgical removal of the ovaries are all examples of why ovarian failure can occur. For women with ovarian failure, there is little to no chance of achieving pregnancy. Other women have poor egg quality and use a donor for this reason.
Same sex male couples hoping to become parents also look to egg donors to achieve their dream of parenthood.
Why Should I Consider Becoming An Egg Donor?
Most women who research egg donation are originally lured by the compensation offered, but ultimately, those who opt to complete the screening process and go through a stimulation cycle, do so to help couples or individuals build the family they desire.
What Compensation is Offered?
Carolina Conceptions compensates egg donors $4,500 per egg retrieval cycle for their time and kindness. Egg donors can complete a maximum of six donor cycles.
What Are the Physical Requirements for Egg Donors?
- 19- 31 years old
- Outstanding physical & emotional health
- Non-smokers, no recreational drug use
- No known genetic disorders
- BMI (Body Mass Index) of <27
- It is preferred that donors have graduated from an institution of higher learning or are currently attending an institution of higher learning.
Proven fertility demonstrated through children, or through a previously successful egg donation cycle is a bonus.
I May Want to Become An Egg Donor. What’s Next?
Complete our Egg Donor Application below. This does not mean you are 100% committed to becoming a donor- it only means you are seriously considering this option and would like more information.
FAQs for Women Considering Egg Donation
What Else Should I Know Before Committing to This Process?
How Does a Donor Get Matched to An Intended Parent?
What Happens After An Intended Parent Selects An Egg Donor?
What Is Involved Medically for Egg Donors?
- Physical Exam @ CC: Includes signing consent forms and learning how to administer cycle injectable cycle medications
- Medication injections @ home: Approximately 8-10 days
- Monitoring Appointments @ CC: Labs and trans-vaginal ultrasounds will be completed in our office to confirm ovarian response to the injected medications.
- Egg Retrieval: The end of an egg donation cycle culminates in a 15-20 minute, outpatient vaginal procedure in our office under light anesthesia to remove the eggs.
Do I Need to Take Time Off From Work or School?
The day of the egg retrieval procedure donors should not plan on attending school or work. In most cases, donors feel back to about 80-85% “normal” the day after that procedure.