Become an Egg Donor

The Egg Donor's Journey

Qualities Egg Donors Share

Well, we are so glad that you asked! The obvious reason people think women donate their eggs is for compensation. No one is knocking that. The financial earnings aren’t the only reason, though. Interestingly, there are actually some beautiful qualities that the women who donate their eggs share. Here are a few of them:

Kindness

Before someone becomes an Egg Donor, they’ve usually heard some buzz about it – maybe they have a friend that did it, saw an ad, or even had someone in their lives that went through infertility.

Most Egg Donors have told us that a big part of why they became an Egg Donor was their empathy for people needing help to make their families.

Honor

There are all sorts of people that might need the help of an Egg Donor:

  • People that have struggled with fertility issues, sometimes for years.
  • Women that are born without ovaries or have had cancer that affected their reproductive capabilities.
  • Families who don’t have a female in the picture, such as gay or single men.

In fact, for many people, the life-giving process that you are considering could be their only chance to have a child.

In our book, we’d say that’s incredibly honorable!

Empowerment

One great thing about this process is that it educates women about their own bodies. Here are some of the ways: 

  • There are various tests the fertility doctor will do after you’re matched with your Intended Parents to make sure of your full qualifications. At the same time, you’ll discover more about your health and reproductivity.
  • You will learn about your genetics through a counselor and sometimes blood work.
  • You will discover your future potential to have kids if you want them.
  • After going through this process, you may even decide you want to preserve your fertility and freeze your eggs, since the process is easy, doesn’t hurt, and isn’t scary at all.

Find out more about why women become an Egg Donor.

Egg Donor Requirements

So, you are thinking of maybe becoming an Egg Donor, but you’re not sure if you even qualify.  Below are some of the basic qualities we look for in an Egg Donor:

Click here to see the full list of qualifications.

Egg Donor Timeline

It is hard to believe, but women are born with about 400,000 eggs. Unlike what you were told in health class in high school, each month not 1, but up to 40+ eggs can be “candidates” to be combined with sperm for a pregnancy.

During a medicated egg donation cycle, anywhere from 10 – 20 eggs (or sometimes more), will be viable for retrieval and fertilization.

Most egg donations take 8 – 12 weeks from the time you are selected until your eggs are retrieved.

Here is what you can expect to happen on your Egg Donor Journey: 

First Step: Complimentary Call

First, you set up a call with one of our Egg Donor Coordinators so we can explain the process, answer any questions and provide us with some general information to make sure you are a good candidate.

This is also a great time to discuss your compensation fee. Or you can sign up and start your application now.

Fill Out A Profile

Next, you will fill out a profile so we (and eventually the Intended Parent/s – people who need an Egg Donor) can get to know you better. You can expect to answer some of the following on your profile: height, weight, natural hair and eye color, talents, family health history, education, favorite things.

Send lots of photos and we will figure out which ones will be the best for your final profile. Plus, you can include a short video introduction for Intended Parent/s, aka IPs, introducing yourself. Say “hi” and wish them luck.

True Match™

Once your profile is completed you are ready to be matched.

We will actively reach out to great Intended Parent/s that are looking for someone just like you. Or, you may also be matched if someone sees your profile on our secure online Egg Donor database and just falls in love. It happens all the time.

Meet Your Intended Parents

Intended Parent/s occasionally want to meet with an Egg Donor candidate. We are happy to host this meeting and will set up a mutually convenient time for a video chat if you are open to this. We will also be on the call to help break the ice.

Meet Your Case Manager

Once you are matched, you will have a Case Manager. He or she is an expert in supporting Egg Donors and guiding you through the entire process. They will be your point person and make sure your needs are met.

Your Medical Evaluation

Next, we will assist you in scheduling a medical evaluation with the Intended Parent/s’ fertility doctor (aka the Reproductive Endocrinologist aka RE). This will include cultures, blood work, and ultrasound – it is very similar to your typical gynecological exam. You may need to fly to the Intended Parent/s’ medical clinic, or in some cases, it may be done close to your home – as determined by the doctor.

All medical expenses and travel expenses will be paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Genetic & Psychological Counselors

You will meet with a genetic counselor to evaluate any family history that could be a concern.

You will also have a short session with a psychologist who will help you understand the aspects of your donation from a professional perspective. The therapist will be someone who regularly talks with Egg Donors and is knowledgeable about the process.

Your Intended Parent/s will pay for both professional services.

Your Lawyer

Once cleared by the doctor, geneticist, and psychologist, you are referred to a lawyer specializing in third-party reproductive law.  

This lawyer specifically represents you and will review the contract between you and your Intended Parent/s. Once everyone signs the contract, you’ll be ready to start the medications.

 You attorney fees are paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Medication

In order to retrieve your eggs, you will be prescribed medications. In most cases, if you are not already on birth control pills, you will start them, so it is easier for the doctor to determine when to start the egg stimulating medications.

Ultrasounds

To ensure that your body responds to the medications as anticipated, you will have a series of monitoring appointments (typically 4), consisting of ultrasounds and blood work.

The first ultrasound is usually about 5 days after the injectable medications start. Most times, you will be asked to return 2- 3 days later.

Continue Medications

The goal of the medication is for as many follicles (that contain eggs) to grow at a steady pace. Typically, you stay on medication for approximately 12 days. This is not an indicator of success, it is just how your own body responds to the medication. It may sound intimidating to inject yourself with medications but most Egg Donors soon get over their hesitation.

Sometimes a partner or friend can assist or if it is really too hard for you we can arrange for someone nearby to do it – possibly you will go to your local monitoring clinic.

Doctor Evaluation

When the follicles (little sacs that hold the eggs) are close to the size the doctor is looking for, you will fly or drive (depending upon your location) to the Intended Parent/s’ clinic.

Most times you will come approximately 2 – 3 days before the retrieval so the doctor can examine you personally. They will then determine when the egg retrieval will take place.

You will be able to bring a travel companion for the egg retrieval, and all of your travel expenses will be paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Trigger Shot

You are instructed by the clinic to give yourself one last shot at an exact time the night before the egg retrieval. This is a different medication than what you have taken before and it will trigger your eggs to release the next day. You must do the shot precisely when instructed or the retrieval will not be successful.

Most people set an alarm on their smartphone so they are sure not to miss it.

Egg Retrieval

Most times, there will be between 10 – 20+ mature eggs, and the retrieval process will take approximately a half-hour. You can expect a light sedation since the eggs are taken out through the vaginal canal with a long needle. There will be no incisions or scarring, but possibly some light spotting. 

The clinic will release the results of your egg donation and we will let you know how many eggs were retrieved.

Resting

After the retrieval, you and your travel companion will return to your hotel, where you’ll rest overnight or even the next day (most women just stay overnight) and return home.

Receive Your Compensation

As soon as the egg retrieval is confirmed by the clinic, your Case Manager will send your compensation fee. Now is the time to go on that dream vacation, pay down your loan, or whatever you are hoping to do to celebrate this great gift.

Lots of women are so surprised how easy and fulfilling (and profitable) this process is and donate their eggs multiple times

First Step: Complimentary Call

First, you set up a call with one of our Egg Donor Coordinators so we can explain the process, answer any questions and provide us with some general information to make sure you are a good candidate.

This is also a great time to discuss your compensation fee. Or you can sign up and start your application now.

Fill Out A Profile

Next, you will fill out a profile so we (and eventually the Intended Parent/s – people who need an Egg Donor) can get to know you better. You can expect to answer some of the following on your profile: height, weight, natural hair and eye color, talents, family health history, education, favorite things.

Send lots of photos and we will figure out which ones will be the best for your final profile. Plus, you can include a short video introduction for Intended Parent/s, aka IPs, introducing yourself. Say “hi” and wish them luck.

True Match™

Once your profile is completed you are ready to be matched.

We will actively reach out to great Intended Parent/s that are looking for someone just like you. Or, you may also be matched if someone sees your profile on our secure online Egg Donor database and just falls in love. It happens all the time.

Meet Your Intended Parents

Intended Parent/s occasionally want to meet with an Egg Donor candidate. We are happy to host this meeting and will set up a mutually convenient time for a video chat if you are open to this. We will also be on the call to help break the ice.

Meet Your Case Manager

Once you are matched, you will have a Case Manager. He or she is an expert in supporting Egg Donors and guiding you through the entire process. They will be your point person and make sure your needs are met.

Your Medical Evaluation

Next, we will assist you in scheduling a medical evaluation with the Intended Parent/s’ fertility doctor (aka the Reproductive Endocrinologist aka RE). This will include cultures, blood work, and ultrasound – it is very similar to your typical gynecological exam. You may need to fly to the Intended Parent/s’ medical clinic, or in some cases, it may be done close to your home – as determined by the doctor.

All medical expenses and travel expenses will be paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Genetic & Psychological Counselors

You will meet with a genetic counselor to evaluate any family history that could be a concern.

You will also have a short session with a psychologist who will help you understand the aspects of your donation from a professional perspective. The therapist will be someone who regularly talks with Egg Donors and is knowledgeable about the process.

Your Intended Parent/s will pay for both professional services.

Your Lawyer

Once cleared by the doctor, geneticist, and psychologist, you are referred to a lawyer specializing in third-party reproductive law.  

This lawyer specifically represents you and will review the contract between you and your Intended Parent/s. Once everyone signs the contract, you’ll be ready to start the medications.

 You attorney fees are paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Medication

In order to retrieve your eggs, you will be prescribed medications. In most cases, if you are not already on birth control pills, you will start them, so it is easier for the doctor to determine when to start the egg stimulating medications.

Ultrasounds

To ensure that your body responds to the medications as anticipated, you will have a series (usually 4) monitoring appointments consisting of ultrasounds and blood work.

The first ultrasound is usually about 5 days after the injectable medications start. You will usually be asked to return 2- 3 days later.

Continue Medications

The goal of the medication is for as many follicles (that contain) eggs to grow at a steady pace. Typically, you stay on medication for approximately 12 days. This is not an indicator of success, it is just how your own body responds to the medication. It may sound intimidating to inject yourself with medications but most Egg Donors soon get over their hesitation.

Sometimes a partner or friend can assist or if it is really too hard for you we can arrange for someone nearby to do it – possibly you will go to your local monitoring clinic.

Doctor Evaluation

When the follicles (little sacs that hold the eggs) are close to the size the doctor is looking for, you will fly or drive (depending upon your location) to the Intended Parent/s’ clinic.

Most times you will come approximately 2 – 3 days before the retrieval so the doctor can examine you personally. They will then determine when the egg retrieval will take place.

You will be able to bring a travel companion for the egg retrieval, and all of your travel expenses will be paid for by the Intended Parent/s.

Trigger Shot

You are instructed by the clinic to give yourself one last shot at an exact time the night before the egg retrieval. This is a different medication than what you have taken before and it will trigger your eggs to release the next day. You must do the shot precisely when instructed or the retrieval will not be successful.

Most people set an alarm on their smartphone so they are sure not to miss it.

Egg Retrieval

Most times, there will be between 10 – 20+ mature eggs, and the retrieval process will take approximately a half-hour.You can expect a light sedation since the eggs are taken out through the vaginal canal with a long needle. There will be no incisions or scarring, but possibly some light spotting. 

The clinic will release the results of your egg donation and we will let you know how many eggs were retrieved.

Resting

After the retrieval, you and your travel companion will return to your hotel, where you’ll rest overnight or even the next day (most women just stay overnight) and return home.

Receive Your Compensation

As soon as the egg retrieval is confirmed by the clinic, your Case Manager will send your compensation fee. Now is the time to go on that dream vacation, pay down your loan, or whatever you are hoping to do to celebrate this great gift.

Lots of women are so surprised how easy and fulfilling (and profitable) this process is and donate their eggs multiple times

Types Of Egg Donor Appointments

Once you join The Fertility Agency family and you get matched with our amazing Intended Parent/s, here are some things you can anticipate regarding your medical appointments:

Medications

Doctor Visits

Besides seeing the Intended Parent/s’ fertility doctor, you can expect to see a doctor close to where you live that is chosen by us or the clinic. You will most likely have a total of four to seven visits.

Initial Evaluation
Transvaginal Ultrasounds
Blood Draws

Here at The Fertility Agency, we will hold your hand through every step of the medication process! It’s probably not as complicated as you think. Below is a list of medications to give you a general idea of what to expect. The fertility clinic will provide more details once you are matched.

Birth Control Pills – To start your egg donation cycle, you can expect to take birth control pills for about 10+ days.

Lupron – Following 10+ days of birth control pills you start Lupron injections via a short-needled syringe. Lupron is a medication that will slow down your egg growth.

Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH) – You’ll be required to inject via a short-needled syringe a fertility hormone that will stimulate the growth of the follicles that contain your eggs.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) – This is a medication that is taken 36 hours (or as directed by the doctor) before the egg retrieval. It signals to your body the release of your eggs. This shot will be similar to your other shots.

It may surprise you that in a short time these injections become simple and easy to do. While most women stick themselves in the belly or in the thigh, some prefer a partner or friend to do it for them. We can also arrange for you to go to a local clinic to have it done.

The Fertility Agency's Pledge To You

While you are providing the gift of healthy eggs to another person or couple, we believe it is The Fertility Agency’s responsibility to :

  • Nurture, care and protect you.
  • Be 100% transparent with what you can expect along this journey.
  • Compensate you at a rate equal to or higher than the top Egg Donor agencies.
  • Ensure your emotional and physical needs are our top priority, as is your compensation.

Have some more questions? Chat with us now!