Here are some of the most common questions asked by women who are considering becoming egg donors.
Your initial screening must be completed in our Marlton office as that is where our donor team staff is located. However, once you are matched and cycling, you may be able to go to our satellite offices for future appointments.
Medications prescribed to donors are synthetic versions of the hormones already present in your body, FSH, LH and Estradiol. These medications will increase hormone levels, and therefore the side effects can include bloating, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, headache and fatigue. Severe side effects do rarely occur, however with frequent monitoring and a conservative medication schedule, this situation is unlikely.
No. You will not have any out of pocket expenses.
There has been no evidence showing that being an egg donor impacts a woman’s future fertility.
Our staff has many years of experience with both the physical and logistical issues that arise during this process, and you will find many advocates along every step of the way.
The egg retrieval is considered a minor surgery, and IV anesthesia will be given. Patients generally take 1-2 days off for this procedure and recovery. Our physician and providers are available to you 24/7 for any questions or concerns. We consider our donors VIPs in our program, and your health and safety are the most important factor to us.
No, you do not have to have your own medical insurance. Once matched to a recipient and cycling, our office will purchase insurance for you that will cover any donation related expenses including outside doctor visits, medication costs, and complications due to egg retrieval including hospitalization.
Yes, you will have to stop your own birth control pills, be off Depot Provera and remove any IUD devices in order to be a donor. You should wait, however, until we instruct you to do this.
You must upload a current photograph of yourself into our application system to help with matching purposes. You can opt, however, for this photo not to be shown to potential recipients. Please note, it may be more difficult to match you if you are unwilling to show a photograph, as most recipients request this information while they are choosing a donor.
No. Proof of prior fertility is helpful when matching and some recipients prefer this. However it is not a requirement, and many donors are matched who have never been pregnant before.
Please see our page on egg donor compensation for information on payment amount and schedule for egg donors in our program.
You can be a donor a total of 6 times in your lifetime.
We understand that most donors have full time jobs, are parents of young children, or are full or part time students. We require that you are available during early morning hours for monitoring for approximately a two week period. You will also need to be able to have 1 day off for your screening appointment, and 1 day off for your egg retrieval.
Yes, it can. We are most concerned about your health and well being, and secondarily the success of your cycle. If we notice that you are over responding to the medication and are at risk for hyperstimulation, we will cancel your cycle. Also, sometimes donors will respond poorly to the medication and not produce enough follicles. We can cancel your cycle under these and other circumstances as well. In these cases, your compensation is reduced to $1000.
Yes, you will be an anonymous donor in our program. You will be identified by a protected numeric system derived from our electronic medical records system. The identifying information in your online profile will not be sent to recipients.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions. Thanks!