Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor. Below is a list of simple questions that will let you know if you might qualify as an egg donor. Please read the following to determine if you are still interested in donating eggs. At the end is the online donor form for you to fill out if you are still interested. Thank you.
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, you might pre-qualify.
- Are you between the ages of 20 and 29 years of age?
- Are you in good health and a nonsmoker?
- Do you have regular menstrual cycles?
- Do you have both ovaries and do you have no reproductive problems?
- Do you have no current history of a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia or GC?
- Do you have no history of HIV or hepatitis?
- Are you psychologically healthy?
- Do you have no current use of drugs or excessive alcohol consumption?
- Do you have no family history of inherited genetic disorders or conditions?
- Does your work or school schedule allow you to make it to daily doctor’ s appointments?
- Are you willing to take hormone injections?
- Do you have a car, a valid driver’s license, or reliable transportation?
- If you have children, do you have a babysitter for when you have doctor’s appointments?
- Do you have a normal height-to-weight ratio? Is your body mass index (BMI<27). You can visit www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ to see if your BMI is less than 27.
- Are you dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments?
The egg donor is required to inject small amounts of hormone under the skin of
the abdomen or thighs using a tiny needle. These hormones are injected daily for
approximately 10 days to increase the number of eggs normally produced by the ovaries
each month. The egg donor must attend an injection teaching session to learn how to
prepare the medications and how to inject them properly.
During ovarian stimulation, the egg donor is required to visit the office for monitoring.
Monitoring entails having her blood drawn and her ovaries scanned using a transvaginal
ultrasound. Blood testing monitors the hormone levels in response to injectable
medications, and the transvaginal ultrasounds enable the physician to visualize the number
and size of the ovarian follicles, which contain the eggs.
The eggs must be harvested from the ovaries during an egg retrieval procedure. The egg
retrieval procedure usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but the egg donor will need to
spend approximately half of a day at the Main Line Fertility Center. First the egg donor is
administered a sedative by an anesthesiologist. Next, a transvaginal needle is used to extract
the mature eggs. Bleeding is usually minimal. Following the egg retrieval procedure, the egg donor will recover in the recovery room for one to two hours prior to being discharged. Because
of the sedation, the egg donor will be required to have a friend or relative drive her home. The
egg donor may experience lower abdominal tenderness and bloating after the procedure. This
may last for several weeks, but will usually disappear shortly following the menstrual period that
usually occurs one to two weeks later.
The anonymous egg donation process, from initial application to egg retrieval can take three
months or up to a year, depending upon when a match with a recipient couple is made. The
initial screening tests can be scheduled to accommodate the donor’s schedule. However, during
the stimulation phase, she may need to be seen every one or two days in order to closely monitor
her progress. The timing of the blood testing and transvaginal ultrasounds is important.
Upon completion of the egg retrieval procedure, the donor will be compensated for her
time and effort. As an anonymous egg donor, she is functioning as an “ independent
contracting free agent”, and not employed by The Center.
IDENTITY RELEASE AND DISCLOSURE POLICY
Egg donation will be performed anonymously. The donor may wish to be contacted in the
future for medical emergencies whereupon she may provide critical family history or serve as an organ donor to the offspring born as a result of her egg donation. The choice is hers.
HOW TO BEGIN
If you meet the criteria for eligibility and would like to be an anonymous egg donor, please fill out our simple online form and we will be in touch with you shortly. Please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria listed above before applying. Call our egg donor hotline at 484-380-4885 or speak to a nurse at 484-380-4886. For more information, contact our donor egg coordinator Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org
An egg donor candidate will be asked to provide current photos and some of her baby
pictures for the matching process. An egg donor candidate might increase the chance that
a recipient couple will select her if she provides written permission to upload a photo and
brief description onto our website in the future.