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 offer a personal education interview before completing 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 Intended Parent(s) 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 a genetic female between the ages of 20-28 years old (No Exceptions)
- Meet height and weight BMI guidelines (normal weight = 18.5 – 25 BMI – refer to a BMI chart or calculator)
- High School Diploma (GED not accepted)
- A college education is highly desirable, but not mandatory
- Non-smoker (you will be tested once you are matched)
- Have never taken recreational drugs (you will be tested once you are matched)
- No tattoos or piercings within the last 12 months
- Healthy personal and family medical history
- 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)
- Genetic Evaluations (Genetic counseling and genetic testing)
- Medical Screening by the IVF Specialist including: vaginal ultrasound
- FDA Requirements for blood screening
- In addition to blood screenings for the prospective donor, some IVF centers also require blood screenings from the prospective donor’s spouse, partner, or significant other.
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 Megan, our Egg Donor Coordinator, after the completion of your Donor profile.
Upon the start of injectable medications, you will be compensated $750.00 from your base fee. You will receive a check for the sum of the balance, stated in your legal contract within 5 business days of your egg retrieval.
In the event that your cycle gets cancelled after Day 5 of stimulation medications, you are entitled to keep the $750.00 for your time and efforts, plus a $300.00 cancellation fee. You further agree and understand that in the event a cycle is cancelled 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.
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.
Both parties are required to have separate legal representation; the Intended Parent(s) pays the donor’s legal counsel. Legal contracts must be reviewed and signed before Donors can start medication.
Egg Donor Information
Since 1984, 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 number and quality of eggs that are retrieved from the woman who is donating the eggs influence the success rate. 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 20-29 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.
- 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.
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.
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), 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 must have 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.
Lupron is given by injection in the lower abdomen, 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 is also designed to prevent the mid-cycle hormonal surge which can result in a cancelled cycle.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is given by injection in the lower abdomen, just beneath the surface of the skin. Common FSH medications include: Bravelle, Follistim, and Gonal-F. FSH is used to stimulate follicle growth in the ovaries.
Human Menopausal Gonadotropins (HMG): is given by injection in the lower abdomen, just beneath the surface of the skin. Common HMG medications include: Menopur and Repronex. HMG is an injection that contains equal parts of FSH and LH (luteinizing hormone), given to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs during one cycle.
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone is given by injection in the lower abdomen, just beneath the surface of the skin. Most common Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone medication is Ganirelix.
(Please visit www.freedommedteach.com for further information on how to prepare and administer medications.
Potential side effects associated with the medications listed above
- Breast tenderness, swelling, or rash at injection site
- Mood swings, Hot flashes and Headache
- Headaches and nausea
- Hyperstimulation, which includes enlarged ovaries, abdominal pain, and bloating (less than 1% of egg donors experience OHSS, (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) (The IVF physician will go into more explanation of OHSS at your first consultation appointment.)
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 egg
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.
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!