How long does it take to be selected by intended parents?
It can take a couple of days to several months; however, there is no guarantee that any egg donor will have a match. It depends on what unique qualities the intended parents are looking for in an egg donor.
How long does the egg donor cycle last?
The cycle starts with clearance from the IVF physician and a signed contract. It lasts about 6 weeks, from the time of your first period, after receiving clearance. It includes medication and a retrieval. See Egg Donation Process for more detailed info. The whole egg donation process, from matching to retrieval takes approximately 2-4 months.
The second egg donation process of the same donor in the same agency, often quicker thanks to previous pre-screening.
What does the egg donation cost me?
All eligible expenses are covered by Intended Parents. All egg donors are provided with a 1099 tax form for the compensation they earn during a year.
How many times can I donate eggs?
Per ASRM, a woman can donate up to six times in a lifetime, with at least a 6 week break between cycles.
If there is any travel involved, how does it work?
If you agree to travel, it means that all the medical work-up would still be performed at your current location. You would only travel for the final days before retrieval, so about 7-10 days. You are encouraged to bring a companion to accompany you.
Occasionally, egg donors are also required for a day or an overnight trip at the beginning of the process to the intended parents – IVF clinic for the IVF specialist consultation.
All travel arrangements are handled by First Smile. All eligible expenses are covered by intended parents.
How is my privacy handled?
Our database is secured, allowing intended parents viewing only after receiving password.
Your information is presented to the intended parents excluding all identifying personal information, like name, street address, SSN, in order to maintain your anonymity. However, please note that your pictures, location, education, or employment information could lead to identification.
If both parties are interested in an open donation, the intended parents get to know you and you get to know them to the level of privacy both parties wish to maintain- it can vary from exchanging first names only to continuous contact after giving birth.
What are the medications I will be required to take?
See Egg Donation Process – STEP 6 – MEDICATION for info.
Am I able to be an egg donor if I am working/studying full time?
Yes, most of our donors have full time jobs and other commitments.
The initial screening appointments vary in time and depend mostly on your availability. The appointments for monitoring during the cycle are usually scheduled between 7-9 a.m. in a local clinic.
If retrieval is local, then the egg donor will have to take one day off for the egg retrieval procedure.
If travel for egg retrieval is required, then the egg donor may need to take about 7-10 days off.