Becoming an egg donor is a very personal decision and no question is too small to go unanswered. We welcome your questions and hope that we have anticipated the majority of the questions you may have, below.
Q: Do I pay anything to become an egg donor?
A: No. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to become an egg donor. All costs are the responsibility of The World Egg Bank and the couple accepting your eggs. You must only transport yourself to and from local doctor’s appointments.
Q: What is egg donation and how can I help?
A: You provide your eggs to a woman who is infertile after undergoing medical treatments which matures multiple eggs. The eggs are mixed with sperm for fertilization. Most of the eggs fertilize, and several embryos are placed back into the woman’s uterus, where implantation and pregnancy occurs. Your generous contribution of eggs will help a recipient, who is experiencing infertility for any number of reasons, the rare opportunity to carry a child and experience the gift of motherhood.
Q: Where will I donate?
A: Our retrieval location is located in the metro Phoenix area. The World Egg Bank is responsible for all travel, meals, and accommodation expenses.
Q: What are the risks?
A: A one-page fact sheet of medical risks is available for your review. Information about these and other known possible risks may be obtained directly from your attending doctor or the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (www.asrm.org).
Medical complications from the egg retrieval process are very rare. Emotionally, you may experience no side effects at all; however, the most common side effects reported include mild mood swings, breast tenderness, hot flashes, and other symptoms associated with PMS. You may experience Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which is a painful retention of fluid in your abdomen. New protocols for egg donors have reduced this risk to a very low percentage.
There is no medical evidence that a successful donation will decrease a donor’s ability to become pregnant in the future. Any woman considering egg donation is advised to speak with the clinic physician about possible side effects and the doctor’s own specific medical practices.
Q: How much can I expect to be reimbursed for my time and effort as an egg donor?
A: The reimbursement you receive as an egg donor for your time and effort is between $3,000 – $6,000 US (depending on the state where you reside) paid to you upon completion of egg retrieval. All fees and medical costs related to your egg donation are paid by the World Egg Bank.
Q: Does my identity remain confidential?
A: You have a choice about the level of disclosure you wish to have with the recipients. Some donors choose to remain anonymous and your identity remains confidential. Many donors are now agreeing to full-disclosure; your name would be put into a database where the child could request that you be contacted when they reach the age of 18. If this occurs, then the database administrator would contact you to discuss the possibility of contacting the child. Most donors also offer to be of assistance to the couple if a child results from the donation and there is a medical emergency that requires consultation with the donor in the future.
Q: What happens after I finish the application?
A: Once you complete the application process, upload photos and a picture of your ID, our staff will review your application and contact you to figure out a time to come into the office for an interview. If you do not live local to the Phoenix area we will set up an over the phone interview. Once donors become active they must wait to be selected to cycle by a recipient or The World Egg Bank. At this point you complete the psychological and medical screening process, then we will begin coordinating your donation cycle. Hormone injections last between 10-14 days before egg retrieval. The entire process from registration to egg retrieval takes an average of two to three months.
Q: Will I run out of eggs if I give them to someone else?
A: No. Each month many eggs are dissolved and absorbed by ovulating women’s bodies prior to the selection of the single egg that will be ovulated. Fertility medications preserve a portion of these excess eggs which the body would have ordinarily discarded. Therefore no additional eggs are used up in the process.
Q: I just had a baby, can I still donate?
A: Yes, provided you are no longer breastfeeding and have not breastfed for at least two months or have had two regular periods.
Q: How often can I donate?
A: The World Egg Bank adheres to the guidelines presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) which allow for a maximum of six cycles per donor.
Q: Can I be an egg donor if my tubes are tied or I have an IUD?