Frequently Asked Questions
Questions, Concerns, and Answers for Future Parents
Deciding to use an egg donor agency can be very difficult. We support your decision and encourage you to take your time so that you feel comfortable and educated when making this very personal choice.
Because finding a donor is a very personal experience we work hard to find your perfect match. We believe in assisting our future parents through every step of the process and encourage you to reach out to one of our experienced case managers or coordinators who understand just what you are going through.
Below are a few frequently asked questions, concerns, and answers many of our parents have asked throughout the years.
Egg Donation, Inc. is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., PST. Any inquiries left over the weekend will be answered during normal business hours. We also have a 24-hour emergency line. If you need emergency assistance and it is after hours, please contact our Emergency Hotline (818) 385-0950.
Egg Donation, Inc. is the liaison between your egg donor, your medical facility, and any other entities needed to help complete your cycle. We work with donors, intended parents, and medical facilities from all over the country. You simply need to provide us your medical facility’s fax and phone number, along with the name of your Nurse Coordinator and email address. We then have the beginning foundation to start coordination process.
We assist recipients from all over the United States, and in some cases, the world. Logistics prevent us from being able to meet some of our recipients, but we are able to assist you remotely via phone, video conferencing, and email. If you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit, you are more than welcome to come by our offices. We welcome the opportunity to meet with all our Future Parents in person.
Yes! We are proud of the large number of international recipients we’ve been able to help. We are able to have the same close working relationship and level of communication with our international future parents as we have with our domestic recipients. Unlike many agencies, there is no additional fee through Egg Donation, Inc. for not living in the United States.
Egg Donation, Inc. does work with a local fertility clinic to collect and freeze eggs.These eggs are preferentially used at the same clinic, however can be shipped to a clinic of your choice.
Many of our egg donors choose to donate for a variety of reasons however, many of them are motivated by a desire to help couples and individuals in their quest for parenthood. Many donors are mothers themselves who want others to experience the same joy parenthood has brought to them. Others personally know someone who has struggled with infertility, and therefore, they are extra sensitive to the needs of the recipient parents.
They find us! Our donors find our agency through their own research on the internet while others are referred to us by their friends. We pride ourselves in being the pioneer for egg donation agencies and as one of most highly respected and experienced.
Our donors are located all over the United States as well as internationally. We meet many of them in person and those we do meet tend to live in Southern California, or they may stop by our office if their cycling physician is in the LA area. Through frequent email, video conferencing, and phone contact with donors, we are able to get a good sense of their personalities and responsiveness..
Our egg donor database provides you with in-depth information on each donor—and it’s free to create a recipient account! Our database of donors is always accessible from our navigational toolbar. Once you have registered for the egg donor database, an email will be sent to you. Through this email, you will create a password and verify your account. Just log back in with your email address and password you created to begin your search! You will have full access to donor profiles that include pictures, ancestry, GPA, occupation, personality profiles, a full search tool—including favorites—and so much more!
Our egg donors all provide extensive information that includes their personal and family medical history, education and employment background, interests, skills, and character traits. Once you have created an account, you will be able to view all this information as well as all their uploaded pictures.
Through our advanced search function, you can look for donors who have your same features. You have many search options available to you, such as: ethnicity, hair color, eye color, height, education level, etc. In addition to using our advanced search function, one of our highly experienced case managers can assist you in finding your ideal donor.
We add a handful of new donors to our database each week. While we receive dozens of applications from potential donors daily, we do not approve their profiles for viewing until their application is thoroughly completed, and we’ve collected their medical release form and copy of their driver’s license. The amount of time it takes to receive all the information varies from donor to donor, but it generally takes a few weeks from the time the donor begins to fill out the application until the time her profile makes it to our database. If you are only interested in viewing profiles of new donors, please take advantage of the “Profiles submitted within the last 30 days” option found on the search page.
If you are having a difficult time finding a match, you are welcome to put in a request for us to keep an eye out for new applicants that may meet your criteria. Although, we encourage you to be proactive by checking in with us periodically as the more we get to know, the more likely we are to recognize a suitable donor for you. In addition to working one-on-one with you for finding your perfect egg donor, we also have a search function on our database which allows you to only view donors whose profiles have been added within the past 30 days.
Egg Donation, Inc. has a very extensive approval process. Donors must complete a lengthy questionnaire, which spans her health history, education and employment, traits, and previous cycle details if applicable. The medical and genetic section covers not only her own health history but also that of her family. Many of the questions found in this section are very similar to the ones that will be asked of her at your IVF clinic. Donors who are found to have a personal or family history of heart disease, cancer, mental health issues, diabetes, and alcoholism will not be approved. We also screen donors according to the BMI (Body Mass Index), and we do not accept those who are not within the appropriate height/weight limits. Donors who smoke or are on certain prescription medications that could affect the cycle are immediately eliminated. We also do not approve donors who have gotten a tattoo within the past year or who have already cycled six times. Once we approve her application, we collect a copy of her driver’s license to verify her identity as the final step before adding her profile to our active database.
Before a donor’s application is approved and they are added to our active, every donor is required to provide proof of personal identity by sending us a scanned copy of their driver’s license or passport. We will also ask the donor for her GPA or SAT/ACT transcripts. For previous donors, we make every effort to retrieve her previous medical records from the cycling facility.
If you choose a donor who has cycled before, she will most likely have been completely medically and psychologically evaluated. Those records will be forwarded to your cycling physician. In the event your donor will be entering her first cycle, you will have the peace of mind knowing that she will be screened according to your doctor’s specific protocol.
Before being accepted into our program, all donors are required to sign a medical release so we are able to obtain previous cycle records. The information we receive from previous cycles will generally include the stimulation sheets, the embryology report, and the stats such as number of eggs, number of embryos, and pregnancy results. Unfortunately, not all IVF centers are willing to release these records to us as they feel this information belongs solely to the intended parents for that cycle. Most IVF centers do understand these records are critical for other intended parents who are considering cycling with the same donor.
Once you have selected a donor and retained our agency, we then send all of the records we have on file for her to your IVF center for review. We also send the donor’s full profile so that the clinic can verify the person before them is the donor you’ve chosen. We are more than willing to share with you previous cycle statistics and confirmation of whether or not certain tests were performed
Regardless of where your donor is located, she will still be screened according to your doctor’s protocol. Most of her testing will be completed local to her at a facility that is designated by your clinic. The results will then be forwarded to your doctor. In addition, your donor will be screened in person by your doctor once prior to the retrieval. If possible, we get her there and back the same day; at most, an overnight stay might be required. We send the details of the appointment to a travel agency that will make the arrangements on your behalf. The second time your donor sees your doctor will be for the retrieval, itself. This time, she will stay near your cycling facility for four to seven days, and she will also have a companion with her to tend to her following the retrieval. You will be responsible for all travel expenses including flights, hotel, per diem, and ground transportation for your donor and her companion. Most of our cases do involve travel, so it is not out of the ordinary if you require the same.
When donors apply to our program, we inform them that travel is a very real possibility in order to get selected for this process. We let them know they would travel at least twice to the IVF clinic and the length of time they would need to be gone. Most donors have no problem accommodating the travel requirements. Sometimes, however, donors do have restrictions due to school, work, or family obligations that prevent them from being able to travel. We make note of any special circumstances, so we can pass this information along to you when you alert us to the donors you are considering.
We have had an increased number of recipients inquire about completing their cycles in foreign countries such as India. However, Egg Donation, Inc. does not encourage this, nor directly arrange the logistics for these cycles. The medical protocol, legal, insurance, and travel dynamics are different in an international cycle vs. a domestic one. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our donors.
Most of our recipients wish to remain anonymous and all the cycles begin with full anonymity on the part of the recipient. However, it is your choice if you would like to have contact with the donor and what level of contact you are comfortable with. We recommend you make this decision prior to being matched so we can make sure your donor is amenable; we find that most donors are. We can arrange a confidential conference call or face-to-face meeting after your donor is confirmed for your cycle. We also encourage the use of letters to introduce yourself to the donor and thank her for sharing her gift with you. We respect the personal nature of the choice to use a donor and will only share the information you permit.
Some of our donors are willing to meet the child in the future but usually only once the child has reached adulthood. It is best to decide ahead of time if this is an arrangement you would like your donor to be open to so we can confirm her willingness prior to a match. While we do expect donors to keep Egg Donation, Inc. updated as their contact information changes throughout the years, we suggest the legal contract between the parties contains language about future meetings. You may need to agree upon a designated person who will hold the contact information of both parties, and who will be notified should any of the contact information change; this is usually an attorney. If there is a fee charged for this service, it is the responsibility of the intended parents. Please make sure to discuss future meetings with your legal representative as Egg Donation, Inc. cannot provide any legal advice.
When you select your donor, we explain to her what is expected of her in terms of time investment and medical obligations. She signs a contract with Egg Donation, Inc. confirming her commitment to the cycle and specifying her compensation. In addition, once she is medically cleared to proceed with the retrieval, a legal contract is signed by you and your donor stating both parties’ responsibilities and declaring all eggs retrieved are the property of the Intended Parents in the specified treatment cycle.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to the cost of your cycle. For all costs relegated to Egg Donation, Inc., please see our Estimated Cost Sheet that one of our case managers or matching coordinators can send to you. It will detail our agency fees, the approximate costs for the donor, as well as explain the estimated costs to you. Any questions regarding costs related to the retrieval, itself, stimulation medications for the donor, and your own medical expenses, should be directed to your cycling facility.
Donor’s compensation ranges from $6,500 for a first-time donor to over $15,000 for a repeat donor with a history of successful cycles. Although we adhere to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines, we are careful to make sure a donor’s compensation is fair for both the donor and the recipients.
Egg Donation, Inc. establishes a trust account on your behalf in order to disperse payments to the various service providers involved in your cycle. This prevents you from making multiple payments, and it ensures anonymity for you and the donor. The donor’s compensation is included in the trust fund amount.
The trust fund balance will be due once your donor is medically cleared, and we will notify you of this milestone. The donor’s compensation, however, will not be paid until we have confirmed with your medical facility that the retrieval has been completed. At that time, we will put her compensation check in the mail to her.
Our approach is simple: we bring together all of the necessary professionals and coordinate their services, so you can focus on selecting an egg donor that is right for you.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call Egg Donation, Inc. at (818) 385-0950