Donors and recipients naturally have many questions about the egg donation process. Here are a few commonly asked questions and their answers.
Q: How do you screen potential donors, verify their information, and approve them?
A: After a donor contacts us, she completes a lengthy questionnaire, including information about her education, employment, traits, and health history. Health history covers both medical and genetic questions and asks about the donor’s family as well. Certain issues are automatically not approved, including problems with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, substance abuse, and mental illness. We only approve donors within accepted BMI height and weight limits, and donors who smoke or are on certain medications are also not eligible.
Then we verify her identity, usually with a scanned copy of the donor’s driver’s license or passport. If the recipient requests information such as test scores or transcripts, we obtain those items from the donor. Screening tests such as medical and psychological tests can only be ordered by your cycling physician, but if a donor has cycled before we will endeavor to get her screening information from the former cycling physician and forward it to your doctor for review.
Q: Do your donors travel domestically? What if I choose one that is not close to my IVF clinic?
A: If a donor has travel restrictions due to other obligations, we will let you know when you inquire. Their initial screening is done locally, based on orders from your doctor. Donors understand when they apply that travel is often required, including an initial visit to your doctor for a second screening, and then for 7-10 days for the retrieval itself. International travel is not possible at this time, but we welcome international recipients who finish their cycles in the U.S.
Q: May I meet with the donor, now or in the future? Will they be open to meeting the children?
A: Most donors wish to remain anonymous, but may be amenable to some contact, either during the cycle or when the child reaches adulthood. We suggest that you ask about this in the beginning so that we can match you with a donor who is also open to some contact.
Q: What costs are involved in using an egg donor? How is the donor paid?
A: Egg donor compensation typically starts at $5,000, and for established donors with previous successful cycles, goes up to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s max of $10,000. Additional expenses involved include travel for your donor, legal fees, our agency fees, and the cost of any testing your doctor orders. The donor’s compensation is paid through a trust fund that we establish on your behalf.
Q: How do I find a donor on your site? Will you let me know if a new donor is available who matches my criteria?
A: Our database has an Advanced Search Function that allows you to search by various characteristics. Upon your request, we are happy to notify you when a new donor with your desired traits is approved.