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Becoming an Egg Donor

Becoming an Egg Donor

  

Becoming an Egg Donor 

Healthy women, 21 to 29 years old, can help give the gift of life through egg donation. Ideal candidates are women who lead healthy lifestyles, are surrounded by supportive people, and have flexible schedules. Essential characteristics include being honest, responsible, and trustworthy. We look for donors that have a desire to help people create families and who are kind and dedicated. Participation is completely voluntary, and donors are compensated for the time they dedicate and the risks involved.  Having a biological child or proven fertility is desired as an egg donor but not required. 

Women interested in becoming an egg donor should begin by completing the one-page pre-screening questionnaire:

If the screening application is accepted, a secure and confidential online donor profile access will be sent to you via e-mail.  If you have passed the pre-screen application and have a password, you can:

You must enable your password. This information will ask for health, sexual, and social history, as well as, family medical history. 

The information submitted through this application is reviewed by a Third-Party Reproduction Program Team. If accepted, an in-office donor interview is requested and is typically 45-minutes. The interviews are performed at CFI in Charlotte or Winston-Salem.  

Egg Donor Screening 

Required testing and screening are performed on all egg donors to ensure the health of the woman and eggs, including: 

  • Donor interview and a donor risk assessment questionnaire 
  • Medical History form (ASRM) 
  • Trans-vaginal ultrasound to assess ovaries (AFC) and ovarian reserve blood test (AMH) 
  • A physical exam by a CFI provider every 6 months during donations 
  • Pap smear per Ob/Gyn recommendations 
  • Gonorrhea/chlamydia cultures with every donation 
  • Genetic screening panel including cystic fibrosis 
  • Blood testing for communicable disease every donation: Syphilis (RPR), HIV 1 & 2, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, HIV/HCV/HBV by PCR, hepatitis B core total antibody and West Nile virus and possibly T. cruzi and ZIKA depending on your travels 
  • Psychological consultation with a psychologist who is familiar with third party reproduction issues 

(Typically, the testing and screening is completed in 3-4 appointments)  

To eliminate the possibility of unintended pregnancy, all donors must agree to use a barrier method of contraception or abstinence during the screening and donation process. 

Additionally, all egg donors and recipients are required to sign respective consent forms. The consents help to assure and document that all individuals involved in egg donation have been advised of medical risks and possible adverse effects, such as those that may occur with ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. Please ask if you have questions or would like additional evidence-based educational resources.  

Egg Donation Process 

Egg recipients review donor profiles online then select a donor. Once selected, additional medical screening will need to be completed before the egg retrieval to determine eligibility. 

The egg donation process is approximately 2-3 months. The first month is for donor testing and screening, usually 3 appointments.  The second month requires a medication teaching appointment (1st donation only) to help prepare for the stimulation process and FDA required testing. In the third month, the donor self-administers medications through injections and attends frequent clinic visits for stimulation monitoring. All donors must be available during weekday business hours for required appointments. 

Egg donors undergo ovarian stimulation to recruit multiple eggs to grow in the ovaries. Follicular development in each ovary is monitored frequently by trans-vaginal ultrasounds and hormone blood testing during the stimulation cycle. The CFI provider will make appropriate changes to medications and treatment plans as necessary. Your safety is our priority. 

Eggs are retrieved under monitored anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure. The donor must arrange for a ride home following the egg retrieval procedure and can return to work the next day. 

Egg Donation Compensation 

A donor is not financially responsible for any fees associated with the screening process, the treatment cycle, or the fertility medications. All donors are covered by a health insurance policy that will cover additional costs associated with the donation process should a complication occur.  

Donors are compensated for their time, inconvenience, and the risk undertaken. The donor compensation package is $5,500 for a completed donation. All payments are made at the completion of the egg retrieval and sent by postal mail, arriving within three weeks. 

An egg donor may undergo a maximum of six egg retrievals per the recommendations of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. 

Record Keeping 

Medical records, including medical workup, treatment, and consent to participate in the program are maintained for a minimum of 10 years. These records identify each cycle outcome and allow for reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and regulatory agencies. The names of anonymous donors will not be furnished to recipients unless under the direction of a court order. Carolinas Fertility Institute can NOT guarantee everlasting anonymity due to the advancements in technology associated with commercial genetic testing, although if you choose to participate in our anonymous program, CFI will make every effort to protect your identity.