Become an Egg Donor
Egg donation does not mean one simple trip to a clinic; it involves considerable time and energy for the prospective donor. Any good agency screens its donor-applicants carefully, even to the point of making sure the prospective egg donor’s motives are appropriate.
Most egg donors make their decision based on strong feelings of empathy for the prospective parents and tend to be quite generous in their willingness to help others. They typically have a keen understanding of the struggles a couple may go through in attempting to start a family. These donors also realize that LGBTQ couple and those struggling with infertility often require donated eggs to have a child. Eggs from a qualified donor can make their dreams of parenthood come true.
Couples that require the help of an egg donor have often sincerely struggled with infertility issues, in some cases for many years. In fact, by the time prospective parents realize their inability to conceive a child on their own and seek the help of an egg donor, this amazing and life-giving process could be their only chance to have a child. As an egg donor, you’ll actually be changing the lives of a couple for the better by enabling them to become parents. This is an accomplishment of which you can be justly proud.
In Canada egg donors can only be reimbursed for expenses related to the egg donation.
When you donate, your eggs are retrieved, mixed with sperm in a laboratory and fertilized. Most of the fertilized eggs will create embryos, which are then placed in a recipient’s uterus to create a pregnancy. Many times the recipient is a gestational surrogate.
- You will be medically and psychologically assessed by the IVF clinic
- You will have independent legal counsel to prepare a contract that you sign in which you agree to waive your rights to your eggs
- Once the screening process is complete, you normally begin by taking birth control pills for several weeks to regulate your cycle
- You will begin a daily injection of a medication called Lupron. It stops the normal maturation and release of your egg that month
- Another injection of hormones in a higher dose than what the body normally produces so your ovaries mature a larger number of eggs
- Just before retrieval you will take one more injection called a trigger shot. It is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and is meant to prepare the mature eggs for retrieval
Eggs are retrieved from the donor through transvaginal ultrasound aspiration, a surgical procedure performed under conscious sedation. (See figure below).
Using a tube attached to an ultrasound probe, a physician guides a suctioning needle into each ovary and removes mature oocytes from the follicles. A medication such as oral promethazine may be used to prevent nausea during the procedure. Following egg retrieval, donors generally remain in the clinic for 1-2 hours and then return home for further recovery. An antibiotic such as oral doxycycline will be prescribed to prevent infection, and donors should undergo a follow-up exam and ultrasound one week after the retrieval.
- Be between the ages of 21-35
- No abuse of drugs/alcohol
- Must not be on government assistance
- No criminal history
- No tattoos or piercings in the past 6 months
- You must have a good support system to help you
- No history of psychiatric disorders or genetic disorders
- Willing to have repeated bloodwork and ultrasounds
- Willing to take IVF medications
- Willing to travel to fertility clinics, lawyer and doctor appointments
- Able to take time away from your employer
- Must be in good physical and mental health
Average Costs for Egg Donation
|Medical Screening||$1,500 – $2,500|
|Clinic fees including medications
(costs vary depending on clinics fees and packages)
|$15,000 – $25,000|
|Egg Donor Expenses||$6,500|
|Psychological Evaluations||$300 – $500|
|TOTAL||$28,800 – $36,000|