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Who can become an egg donor?
To become an egg donor at AED, you must be a healthy Asian woman between the ages
of 20 and 29. You should also have some flexibility to your schedule that will allow
you to make the necessary clinic appointments (generally in the early morning 7-9am)
during the last 2 weeks of the process.
What is the compensation for being an egg donor?
The guidelines established by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
as the following: "Although there is no consensus on the precise payment that oocyte
donors should receive, at this time sums of $5,000 or more require justification
and sums above $10,000 go beyond what is appropriate." Our Agency’s recommended
compensation range is $6,000-$8,000 per cycle in an effort to keep the costs down
for our recipients while providing adequate compensation to our donors.
What if I am chosen by a recipient who lives in a different state?
Arrangements will be made by our agency for you to travel to the recipients' clinic
for the initial screening appointment and the final week for the retrieval at the
end of the process. For the retrieval trip, you may also bring a responsible adult
companion with you. Your recipient will pay for travel expenses incurred as a result
of your donation, including the travel expenses for your companion.
How long does it take? How does it work?
The donor is required to attend clinic appointments 6-8 times during the course
of 2-3 months. The donor will self-administrate daily hormone injections for about
2 weeks to stimulate her ovarian production. She is closely monitored by a clinic
physician throughout this process by vaginal ultrasound and blood hormone tests.
Once her eggs are “ready”, she is scheduled for a procedure (retrieval) to remove
the eggs from her ovaries. This procedure is done under sedation in an outpatient
setting without pain.
How safe is the egg donation procedure?
Egg donation has been arround for 30 years and more than 100,000 babies have been born through this method. All medical procedures are not without some risk. However,egg retrieval is considered a low risk minimally invasive procedure, and today you have less than 1% chance of any severe side effects. Egg donation should not affect your fertility-the eggs retrieved are only taken from your current month's menstrual cycle and those same eggs would have been discarded by your body anyway. Your future eggs will be safe and you should have no issues getting pregnant later.
Does it hurt?
You may experience mild abdominal cramps or discomfort like menstrual cramps after
the procedure and are encouraged to relax for the rest of the day. Most donors return
to work or school the following day.
Is it ok for me to take my birth control pill?
Yes, you will be required to take birth control pills as prescribed by the clinic.
Can I still donate if I have had my tubes tied?
Yes. The eggs are produced and retrieved directly from your ovaries – it doesn’t
require use of the fallopian tubes.
Can I run out of eggs if I donate them to someone else?
No. Each woman begins with millions of eggs in their ovaries. During a normal menstrual
cycle, a woman's ovaries develop many follicles; one egg is selected to mature for
ovulation while the rest of the follicles are discarded and absorbed into the woman's
body. Egg donation stimulates these follicles to maturity. Most donors will have
10 to 20 eggs retrieved each donation cycle.
Will the egg donation process affect my future fertility?
No, the egg donation process does not affect your future fertility.
Do I meet the recipients that I donate my eggs to?
Most donations are anonymous, but a meeting can be arranged if both you and the
recipients are comfortable with a meeting. It would not create an obligation for
the two parties to continue a relationship after the retrieval. In most cases, it
is only a chance for the recipient to better understand their donor's personality
and ask remaining questions that were not addressed in the donor's profile. These
meetings can be attended with a clinic counselor or agency staff and only first
names are given-some donors may choose to use an alias.
Will any children from my donation ever be able to find me?
f it is an anonymous donation, the couple will not be able to find your personal
identification, such as your name and personal contact information. They will only
know your characteristics from your donor profile. However, if the child does want
to look for donor, both couple and donor agreed, he/she is suggested wait until
they are an adult.
What are the risks?
The primary risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome. This
is relatively rare (1-3% of IVF cases). Careful monitoring will be done by doctors
to avoid this possibility. Symptoms include weight gain and a feeling of extreme
bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists, you will most
likely be given antibiotics to avoid this. Lastly, around the time of the egg retrieval,
your body will become extremely fertile and abstaining from intercourse will be
required to avoid an unwanted and likely multiple-birth pregnancy.
Will I miss a lot of school or work?
Most appointments are scheduled for early in the morning so a donor will have as
little disruption to her schedule as possible. The egg retrieval procedure will
require an entire day free, however. It is very important that you recognize the
level of responsibility required in making and keeping these appointments, and in
doing so, be very honest with yourself as to whether or not donation would be possible
for you and your work, school and personal schedule.
How many times can I donate? How often can I donate?
You can donate up to six times, with 2-3 months apart.
Can I still apply even if I’m not 100% Asian?
Yes, we accept all donors with any Asian background. In fact, the interest in Asian
donors with multiracial ethinic backgrounds have been very high among many of our
recent recipient couples.
After I finish the donation process, will there be any other responsibilities required
We require that you keep us updated with your contact information and any new medical
issues that arise up to 18 years after your retrieval. keep in mind that until you
disclose these new issues, the maternal medical history of the conceived child/children
will remain a mystery to them, complicating aspects of their lives.
See our experenced donor's blog for more questions and answers.