HOW TO BECOME AN EGG DONOR
Become an egg donor and help create a family.
Here at Guidance, we help families build their futures through our egg donorship program. Thinking about applying to become an egg donor? We can help you through the egg donation process.
What is an egg donor?
Egg donation is the process by which one with ovaries (an egg donor) donates her ova, or eggs, so that a couple or individual may have a child. The ovaries are stimulated with hormones and medications to increase the maturity and quantity of healthy eggs.
The process is regulated by the FDA as tissue donation. Recipients or intended parents have parental rights over a resulting child. This is an incredibly rewarding and heartfelt experience for donors and the intended parents.
Who do egg donors help?
Individuals struggling with infertility, those who are no longer in their conceiving years, single parents (referred to as Single Parent By Choice), same-sex couples, and individuals with genetic concerns that may be inherited.
Being an egg donor means understanding that you are participating in something that is more than just yourself. You have to have some flexibility because the process isn’t always predictable. After you’ve done your best, and you hear that the family is pregnant, there’s nothing like the emotional reward brought by that special sense of accomplishment. You are a happy part of someone else’s story forever.
Why choose Guidance for your egg donation journey?
WE UNDERSTAND BETTER THAN ANYONE
Guidance is a proud Women-Owned and Operated egg donation agency and we are all experienced egg donors. It is our mission to advocate for your positive and healthy experience. We have personally been through every step and coordinated cycles nationwide.
WE REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU
When you work with Guidance you’re not a transactional experience. We believe in building a strong relationship and friendship with each egg donor, as well as truly being a member of their team during our time together.
WE’RE FOR YOU LIKE NOBODY ELSE
You are never left with the feeling of being alone- we will be right by your side your all the growing pains and the first to celebrate you when you complete a cycle or a big life win. Our resources and support go above and beyond any other agency.
I am so happy I chose Guidance to work with as a first time Egg Donor. I had the most wonderful experience and am actually excited to donate again! It was nice to have coordinators that had gone through Egg Donor cycles themselves because they could really relate and give me advice based on their personal experiences. I’m proud to donate through Guidance and am thankful for the great experience I had with my first egg donation. I feel blessed that I could help out another family in such a beautiful way.
What does the egg donor process look like?
JOINING THE EGG DONOR PROGRAM
Online Inquiry and Education
varies per donor
PSYCHOLOGICAL & MEDICAL SCREENING
1.5 -3 weeks
What is required to become an egg donor?
21-28 years old (Up to 32 for Proven Donors)
BMI < 28
Regular menstrual cycles
Reproductive, physically, and emotionally healthy
No drug use
Responsible communication within 24 hours
Willing to undergo medical and psychological evaluations
How much money do egg donors make?
Payments to egg donors vary based on many variables including location, a family’s budget, and experience. On average the base fee compensation is about $8,000 and it can go up based on a few factors.
With each potential egg donation cycle, we will discuss what you can expect for egg donation pay and whether the match is a good fit for you.
What is it like to be an egg donor?
Everyone I have had the pleasure of working with has been incredibly kind, compassionate, and professional. They are responsive when I have questions and take the time to make sure that all my questions are answered thoroughly. I can’t recommend this agency enough!
I donated my eggs with this company. Such a great experience. They were so accommodating and helpful. They even moved my hotel closer to the clinic on account of a snow storm. So great.
Are you ready for your journey to be an egg donor?
Help a family make their dream come true and apply to become an egg donor today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is egg donation?
Egg donation is the process by which one with ovaries (an egg donor) donates her ova, or eggs, so that a couple or individual may have a child. Please see our informational video here.
what’s the timeline for the egg donor process?
An average donor cycle takes about 3 months from the time of matching to the egg retrieval procedure. Timing is dependent on the clinic’s scheduling, availability, and protocol.
what clinics do you work with?
We have worked with over 150 clinics in the U.S. and Canada. We can coordinate a donor cycle with any facility that accepts third-party donors.
how do your contracts work?
In the U.S. contracts between Intended Parents and Donors are only required for known/open cycles when the donor is not anonymous. However, we require all intended parents to have an attorney-drafted and executed contract with their egg donor. We organize communication with all legal parties. Contracts must be signed before a donor can be issued a cycle calendar to begin medications.
DO I NEED TO COME TO YOUR AGENCY OFFICE?
You do not need to physically visit our offices. All cycle coordination can be successfully organized remotely.
who pays for the expenses?
All of your travel expenses and medical costs are facilitated by the agency and paid by the Intended Parents.
how does travel work?
When a donor is out of state the donor will have to make two trips to the clinic. Once for a one-day medical screening visit. Then again for 5-7 days for the retrieval week. On the second trip, the donor brings a companion for comfort and safety following the procedure.
how does local monitoring work?
Local monitoring includes the bloodwork and ultrasounds required during a cycle when a donor is not within driving distance to the clinic. We facilitate the doctor’s orders to be carried out by a local IVF clinic near the donor. The results are sent to the doctor the same day for interpretation and evaluation. Costs vary by location and services required by the clinic.
how does pretesting work?
Donors entering a match will have completed a testing kit from Modern Fertility. These results are available for the clinic’s review. More extensive testing is collected at medical clearance in which a match will have to take place prior to completion.
are there mental health prerequisites?
Donors must have a healthy personal and family mental health history. Donors have to pass a psychological evaluation and cannot be on mental health medications.
how does screening work?
On your screening day be prepared to provide samples for a complete medical workup as well as a sonogram. This includes testing for STIs, drugs, immunity, and hormones to name just a few. There are frequent blood draws and pelvic ultrasounds in the process as a whole.
how does payment work?
Donors receive their donor fee upon completion of the retrieval and per the contract. Payments to donors cannot be based on the cycle outcome.
How many eggs does an individual have?
The ovaries are magnificent glands that are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond and sit just above the fallopian tubes-one ovary on each side of the uterus. Every month during ovulation, either the right or left ovary produces a single mature egg for fertilization.
At birth, an individual with ovaries has about 1,000,000 ovarian follicles. Each ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. During childhood, approximately half of the ovarian follicles are absorbed by the body. By the time one reaches puberty and the menstrual cycle begins, about 400,000 ovarian follicles are left to develop into mature eggs.
what does the egg donation involve?
Following an extensive medical and psychological evaluation, you will begin self-administered injections that will stimulate your ovaries. This typically lasts 7-10 days. You will be examined frequently using ultrasound and blood tests to check your hormone levels.
Once your ovarian follicles (that produce eggs) have matured, you will receive one more injection, called a “trigger shot” (human chorionic gonadotrophin or Lupron). About 72 hours later, the doctor will extract eggs from your ovaries via the vagina (usually using a syringe-like instrument) while you are sedated. The average cycle for this process, from the initial injection to the actual retrieval of the eggs, is about 10-14 days depending on your body’s response.
How many eggs will the doctor extract?
It depends on how the individual responds to the stimulation medications and your body’s natural response. “Good” numbers from healthy responsive women would range from 12-18 eggs. The lab will then fertilize these eggs to make embryos. Only a percentage of these retrieved eggs will fertilize optimally and then be implanted in the woman’s uterus with the hopes to become the future child or children.
Are there any risks?
With any medical procedure or the use of medicinal drugs, there is always a risk. It is very important that you discuss egg donation with a licensed medical professional who specializes in egg donation and can explain all the potential risks with you. You will have this opportunity on your initial visit or “screening” day. If you decide to undergo the medical procedure for donating your egg, you should do so with extreme caution and have assessed all the facts and risks beforehand. Since the agency is not a medical establishment we can not provide medical advice nor outline the risks in an accurate way. Every team member at Guidance is an experienced donor, personally familiar with the process.
What is required of the chosen egg donor?
Egg donor candidates should ideally be between 18-28 years old with a BMI <30. Proven or repeat donors can donate until about 32 years old. Most clinics require donors to be 21, so while we may accept your application at 18 more opportunities will become available after the age of 21. They should be in excellent health and have no personal or family history of physical or mental health problems that need chronic treatment. They should be non-smokers, drink rarely, and have a flexible schedule to accommodate a cycle.
May I register with other Egg Donor Databases?
Because we spend an enormous amount of time and energy on the Egg Donors in our database, it is difficult to collect updated information, and it may lead to confusion with commitments made between multiple agencies, naturally, we prefer you do not register with other databases. It makes it extremely difficult to schedule donor cycles safely and misleads IPs. We appreciate honesty, open communication, and frequent check-ins so both you and intended parents are treated fairly in a timely manner.