Many factors contribute to the total cost of using an egg donor, such as medical testing, laboratory costs, ultrasounds, agency fees, and doctor visits. Airfare costs, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation for your donor are also part of the total cost. Another such cost is the donor’s compensation, which ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on whether the donor is new or has a history of successful cycles (donors with successful cycles behind them garner higher fees). We make it a priority to ensure that the donor compensation amount is fair to donors and recipients alike. Donor compensation is capped at $10,000 per the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s guidelines.
How It Works
For the donor to receive her compensation, we establish a trust account on your behalf for the purpose of dispersing payments to the various involved service providers. This accomplishes a couple of objectives: it ensures your anonymity as well as that of the donor, and it frees you from the hassle of making multiple payments. The donor’s compensation is included in this account. Once your donor has been medically cleared, we will notify you that the trust fund balance is due. However, the donor will not receive her compensation until completion of the retrieval (we will confirm this with your medical facility). Then and only then will we mail the donor her compensation check.
You can see all costs that are transferred to Egg Donation, Inc. by viewing our Estimated Cost Sheet, which details fees such as agency fees and approximate donor costs. Alternately, you may contact one of our matching specialists and request a breakdown of fees (this will be emailed to you) or a helpful explanation of your estimated costs. You may direct questions regarding the actual retrieval, donor medications, and your medical expenses to your cycling facility.
There are certain steps you can take to keep your costs as manageable as possible. For example, you can research the costs related to egg donation at the various fertility centers in your area, as this is a large part of your overall expenses. You should find out up front how much they charge for things such as medication and IVF. You may also be able to choose a donor who lives relatively close to the fertility center you choose, as this will reduce or eliminate any excess travel expenses and lower the final cost of egg donation for you.