Taking the first steps to becoming an egg donor and earn up to $10,000
If you feel you might be a candidate for egg donation, the first step is to contact our office for an application.
Only those donors accepted into our program will then be contacted for a comprehensive selection interview, where we will thoroughly review your personal situation and advise you on the appropriateness of egg donation.
Once this intense screening has been completed, your information will be added to our database for Intended Parents to review.
These are our basic requirements for egg donation:
- You are between the ages of 19 and 29
- You are physically and psychologically healthy
You have a Body Mass Index of 26 or below
- You don’t smoke
- You don’t drink excessively
- You don’t use drugs
- You don’t have a history of substance abuse
- You don’t have a criminal record
Selection of an Egg Donor
Typically an egg donor will be no older than 29 years old. Egg donors will have their medical and social history evaluated; they will also undergo a physical examination, a psychological screening, a laboratory screening for sexually transmitted diseases, hormonal testing, and a genetic health assessment once selected. The donor should not have any family history of birth defects or hereditary diseases.
The Donation Cycle
ART cycles are monitored in two ways: by ultrasound and by blood hormone test. Monitoring is necessary in order to assess the growth and development of the follicles and to avoid the possibility of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.
Serial ultrasounds are used to follow follicle growth in the ovary beginning at approximately cycle day eight and on a regular basis thereafter. The ultrasound unit sends out high frequency wave signals that reflect or “bounce” off the structure in the pelvis and are translated into images on a TV like monitor. The procedure is essentially painless. The patient may feel the pressure of the transducer on her abdomen or in her vagina, however, she cannot feel or hear the sound waves nor have there been any harmful effects to the developing eggs or early pregnancy demonstrated from ultrasound.
Through ultrasound, the physician can obtain an actual image of a woman’s ovaries and can clearly identify, count and even measure the fluid filled follicles as they develop. As the follicles get larger, the ultrasound also provides an indicator of approaching ovulation.
Blood tests to measure hormone levels are performed in conjunction with and on essentially the same regular basis / schedule as ultrasound. As follicles develop, they secrete increasing amounts of the hormone estrogen, specifically estradiol (E2). Concentration of E2 in the blood indicates the degree of response to ovarian stimulation. In general, the higher the E2, the more follicles are developing.
Egg recovery is accomplished by an ultrasound-directed procedure. This is a minor surgical procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The vaginal transducer is placed in the vagina. An aspiration needle is inserted along-side the transducer and through the upper part of the vagina directly into the ovary. The ultrasound image allows the physician to accurately guide the needle into each follicle for aspiration as previously described.