Egg Donor FAQs
Women with low ovarian reserve or eggs that do not develop properly can still become pregnant with the help of in vitro fertilization with an egg donor. Generous young women who are willing and able to participate in this process bring new hope to couples who have struggled to conceive. Although compensation for time and inconvenience is provided for egg donation at our Orlando, Florida practice, the majority of women who become egg donors find the rewards of helping another woman have a child are much greater than the monetary benefit.
What is an egg donor?The brief definition of an egg donor is a female who donates her eggs to help another woman get pregnant using in vitro fertilization. However, CRM doesn't just look for anyone to donate her eggs; we look for qualified women who want to help others achieve their dreams of starting a family.
How long does the egg donation process take?While it is difficult to give an exact timeframe, we estimate that completing your first donation cycle can range anywhere from 2 to 3 months from the start of the application process through the egg donation.
What are your requirements for donors, and how are they screened?Women ages 21-30 answer our advertising and apply to the egg donor program. The donor team at CRM/ My Egg Bank reviews the donor applications and profiles and selects the profiles of young women likely to pass screening. Donors must be taller than 5’0” with a normal body mass index (BMI). Some education is preferred.
Donors are subjected to genetic, medical, psychological, and ultrasound testing to determine if they are eligible. Included in the psychological consult is a Personality Inventory. Eligible donors are also screened by a CRM physician. All donors who pass screening meet FDA standards.
Why is there a height/weight criteria?
The medications that are administered work best in average weight individuals.
Can you donate your eggs if your tubes are tied or if you have an IUD?
Yes, you can donate your eggs even if your tubes are tied. The fallopian tubes are not involved in the retrieval process, just the ovaries.
Yes, most forms of birth control are acceptable. However any long term birth control methods, such as Depo-Provera or Implanon, would need to be discontinued for you to be considered for the program.
Must I have had a child previously to be considered for egg donation?
No. Whether you have had no children or you have had multiple children, you are welcome to pursue this endeavor!
Does donating my eggs affect my ability to have children in the future?
No, these drugs do not affect your future fertility. There is no research supporting any adverse effect on your current or future fertility. Whether you have had no children or you have had multiple children, you are welcome to pursue this endeavor.
How long do the monitoring appointments last, and what times can I come in for appointments?The appointments can last anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour, depending on how many patients are ahead of you. We offer appointments between 7:00a.m. - 10:30a.m., with the exception of a few appointments that need to be made later in the morning.
What effects will the medications I take have on my body?
The hormone injections that you will be taking are very similar to the hormones that your body produces daily. Most women do not describe any noted effects directly from the medications. Our Team will teach you about your own hormones, the hormones you will be injecting and a detailed description of potential risks and side effects.
How many times can I donate my eggs?
You are eligible to donate up to six times in a lifetime, as long as you have been approved by our embryologist to return for additional donation cycles.
Does the egg retrieval process hurt, and how soon after can I return to work?
You will receive light IV sedation during the egg retrieval process; you may have some discomfort afterwards. Every person has a different experience. Most individuals are able to return to work or school the next day.
If the process is anonymous and the recipient couple does not see my adult photo, why do I submit one?
The adult photo that is submitted with your profile is used ONLY by the egg donor team to match your physical characteristics with that of the potential recipient. The recipient usually desires a donor with similar physical attributes.
If you believe you meet the requirements for Center for Reproductive Medicine’s Egg Donation Program, fill out the Donor Application and send it in now. You could make an important difference in another woman’s life.
What will the recipients of my eggs know about me?
Recipients will only know information conveyed by you in your application. We do not disclose any identifying information to the recipients. To protect your anonymity, we highly recommend avoiding any details about yourself or your family (i.e. children’s names, name of college attended) that could potentially identify yourself. We also recommend reviewing your application again before submission to check for spelling/grammar errors or issues with consistency of information.
Will I be able to meet or talk to the recipients?
No. As we are an anonymous program, we do not allow communication between our donors and recipients nor can we disclose outcomes of their cycle. Once you have donated your eggs, you no longer have rights to them or to any information regarding their disposition.
Can I tell others about my decision to donate?
We encourage you to discuss your decision to donate with your family and friends. In fact, if you refer someone to us and she completes a donation cycle, you will be compensated $200 for the referral. We remind you to use caution when using social networking sites as you may unknowingly reveal your identity.