Women choose to donate eggs for a variety of reasons. Many donors receive great satisfaction knowing they have assisted an infertile woman.
Egg donation is a life-affirming gift from one woman to another. It gives women who can't become pregnant on their own a last chance at carrying a child.
Recruitment and screening is ongoing. All potential donors have a choice of coming into our office for an in person interview or a phone interview. The interview is a brief overview of the egg donor process, the injections, possible side effects, and your understanding of the commitment needed for this process. We will also review your application with you. We are one of the few agencies that require a personal education interview before receiving the application. We feel your education on this medical procedure and the seriousness of what is involved is extremely important to participants. Your understanding and knowledge of this procedure is our priority. It is important to note that although we review the process with you, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to do your own research into egg donation and the medications/procedures prior to completing the application process. It is emotionally devastating to the couple/recipient to have their donor back out of the match because they were not fully aware or comfortable with the process or medications.
Qualification for Becoming an Egg Donor:
- Must be between the ages of 20-28 years old (No Exceptions)
- Meet height and weight guidelines
- High School Diploma (GED not accepted)
- Understand the donor has neither obligation nor parental rights to the child
- Understand the time commitment and dedication it takes to complete a cycle
Egg Donors undergo an Extensive Screening Process that Includes:
- Psychological interview
- MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory)
- Raven test (Basic cognitive test)
- Genetic Evaluations
- Medical Screening by the IVF Specialist including: vaginal ultrasound
- FDA Requirements for blood screening
We would like to emphasize to potential donors that the compensation they receive is for their time, efforts and dedication to the program.
The compensation should not be seen as a reflection of how much their eggs or characteristics are worth.
Donor Compensation ranges between $6,500.00-$10,000.00 (Compensation generally increases for experienced donors).
Your compensation will be discussed with you during your phone consult with Amber, our Egg Donor Case Manager, after the completion of your Donor profile.
Creative Conception, Inc. follows the ethical guidelines set forth by ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Therefore, the maximum compensation paid to a donor will be no more than $10,000. Please be aware that a 1099 tax form MAY be issued.
Note: Fees are subject to change without notice.
Egg Donor information
For the past 26 years, we have been using egg donors for women who do not have their own eggs. We have had a very good success rate with approximately
50% - 70% pregnancy rate when using egg donors. An additional 100,000 women could benefit from egg donation because their ovaries malfunction due to a gonadal atrophy, resistant ovarian syndrome, surgical removal and ovarian failure secondary to chemo or radiation therapy. A second group includes women who are carriers of autosomal or x-linked genetic diseases. A third group includes women (mainly above 37 years old) who have apparently normal ovarian function, but are not infertile and unable to respond to medications that stimulate her ovaries.
The success rate is influenced by the number and quality of eggs that are retrieved from the woman who is donating the eggs. We try to retrieve as many eggs as possible since we can use the eggs repeatedly by freezing them after they are fertilized. This allows the recipient of the eggs/embryos a second or third try if she does not get pregnant the first time or be able to have a sibling with the same genetics without having the donor re-donate eggs. It is necessary for you to be put on medication that will make your ovaries mature, and therefore, producing more eggs than your normal ovulation cycle of one mature egg. The average amount of eggs that a woman is born with is approximately 2 - 3 million. As we go through puberty, approximately 200,000 eggs remain. Each time we ovulate, there are many eggs in the ovaries. Normally, only one egg makes it to maturity and the remaining eggs are reabsorbed into your body. The average amount of eggs a donor produces in a stimulation cycle is approximately 10-18.
This is an average from donors between 20-28 years old. You must remember that every donor will stimulate differently and the number of eggs can vary from cycle to cycle.
To the best of our knowledge, there is no permanent damage from these medications and they should not affect your future reproductive capabilities. In other words, you will not go through menopause at an earlier age because we have aspirated your eggs. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to do your own research on egg donation and the medications used before completing your application. We want you to feel comfortable with the entire process before we match you with a recipient/couple. It is emotionally devastating to a recipient/couple to have a donor back out of the process.
The medications that are typically used in an egg donor cycle are:
||2) Ganirelix /Antagon
|5) Gonal F
Lupron is given by injection subcutaneously in the upper thigh/arm or stomach. A very tiny needle is used; similar to an insulin injection. It is injected just beneath the surface of the skin. Lupron is not a fertility medication. Its main function is to turn off your own hormone (FSH/LH) system so that we can stimulate your ovaries with the fertility medications. Lupron will be started 7-10 days before the period of your stimulated cycle. The average length of time for Lupron is 14-21 days.
Follistim/Gonal-F/Repronex/Menopur/Bravelle are fertility medications that stimulate your ovaries directly. You usually begin taking 1 (or a combination of 2) of these medications on Day 2 of your menstrual cycle. These medications are either as an intramuscular injection - the outer hip area or as a subcutaneous injection - the upper thigh/arms or stomach. Some of these medications also come in an injectable pen.
The major side effects from these medications are fairly rare. Some women on Lupron do experience some "hot flashes", though this only for a short time. Side effects from the fertility medications include headaches, "fullness", and hyperstimulation (probably less than 1%).
Your IVF physician will go into more explanation of OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) on your first consultation appointment.) Hyperstimulation can vary in degree. This condition is where your ovaries are enlarged and full of fluid due to a high production of hormones. Some of the side effects from this are abdominal bloating, possible weight gain (from fluid), and cramping.
In addition, another possible problem is that you could become pregnant during the month that you donate your eggs. The IVF physician will try to retrieve all eggs from the follicles in your ovaries but there may be a few that are not able to be retrieved. That is why it is important you understand that you will be asked to abstain from intercourse the month before starting Lupron through one week after the transvaginal aspiration (TVA) of the eggs.
The procedure for retrieving the eggs is usually carried out on approximately Day 14 of your cycle. This is done in an operating room or in the medical office. A vaginal ultrasound probe with a needle guide will be inserted into your vagina. The tip of the needle then enters the ovaries and suction retrieves the egg from each follicle.
You will either be heavily sedated (makes you feel like you have been sleeping) or just mildly sedated. This local/general anesthesia is given by an IV. The procedure takes approximately 25-30 minutes and you are then observed in the recovery room for 1 - 2 hours and then sent home. You will need someone to take you home and to stay with you for 24 hours. Following the procedure, you may experience a little vaginal bleeding and some lower abdominal discomfort, along with feeling bloated, but this is usually mild.
Creative Conception, Inc. requires donors to be between the ages of 19-29 years old, in good health and NO genetic problems in the immediate family. There is no requirement that egg donors must have children (unless you are 30 yrs. Old). The number of times that you can donate is up to you and the IVF physician.
- Please mark a calendar each month starting this month with the first day of each cycle.
- If you are birth control pills, this will be addressed individually as to when you will need to stop taking the pill.
- If you have an IUD, this device may need to be removed.
- If you are Depo-Provera, we will need to discuss this prior to you returning your packet.
It is understood that your participation in this program ends after the eggs have been retrieved from your ovaries. However, you agree to report to Creative Conception, Inc. information about genetic factors which were not detected during the screening process, even though these may not change in your health status. You agree to keep Creative Conception, Inc. informed of your current address over a long-term period to facilitate such communications.
Within 72 hours of your aspiration, you will receive a check for the sum of the balance of the agreed amount (stated in your contract) from Creative Conception, Inc. All remaining medications in your possession must be returned to the IVF physician, either on the day of your aspiration or when you return for your post-op appointment. If you do not return your medications, your
compensation will be held.
Upon the start of injectable medications, you will be compensated $750.00 from your base fee.
(The remaining will be paid to you 72 hours post-retrieval). In the event that a cycle gets canceled after Day 5 of stimulation medications, your compensation
will be limited to the sum of $500.00 for your time and efforts. You must also return all medications to the IVF physician within 24 hours or
your compensation will be held.
You further agree and understand that in the event a cycle is canceled due to your failure to attend a scheduled appointment(s) and/or due to your failure to properly or accurately administer the prescribed medication, that you will receive NO COMPENSATION.
In addition to the blood screenings you will have to complete, your husband, partner or boyfriend must get an HIV blood test and any other blood screening required by the IVF physician.
Please remember that you are committing approximately 6 - 8 weeks of your time after the initial screening process takes place. (The initial screening process takes approximately 3 - 4 weeks.) Sometimes, it may take longer if there are medical issues with the recipient or yourself.
There will be a legal contract between the donor and the Intended Parents to sign before starting on medications. Both parties are required to have separate legal counsel. The donor's legal counsel is paid by the recipient couple.
The donor program is very important for women who are unable to have a baby on their own. Please consider very carefully your commitment and desire to be an egg donor, and take into consideration the hope and trust that a recipient puts in you to help them create a child. By sending back this entire application, you have given your word that you will comply with all the necessary steps and instructions given to you by Creative Conception, Inc., your IVF physician, attorney, and any other party associated with your cycle.
We would like to extend our thanks, in advance, to you for your time and efforts! We hope you consider being a part of Creative Conception, Inc.'s egg donor program!
**For more commonly asked questions go to FAQ's DONORS.
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