Thank you for considering becoming an egg donor with Elite Fertility Solutions. As a young woman, helping intended parents achieve their dream of having a child can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience. This is a very special gift that provides a wonderful reproductive alternative for a couple to conceive and deliver a child. Women select egg donation as a treatment option for a variety of reasons that may include:
- Lack of ovaries
- Diminished ovarian function
- Poor egg quality
- Premature Menopause (prior to age 40)
- History of family genetic disorder
- Treatment with Chemotherapeutic agents
- Unsuccessful pregnancies with advanced reproductive technology
During the process of egg donation, eggs from a healthy woman with normally functioning ovaries are retrieved, and fertilized in a laboratory setting (in vitro fertilization). The result of the fertilization, are embryos, which are then transferred into the uterus of the woman desiring a pregnancy. If successful the recipient of the embryo becomes the gestational and biological mother and experiences all the joy of pregnancy and childbirth.Elite Fertility Solutions understands the magnitude of this precious gift and is sensitive to the needs and concerns of the intended parents and egg donor. You will receive excellent care by a select group of doctors who are board certified or eligible Reproductive Endocrinologists, who stringently follow the practice standards in care, safety and ethics recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. We are committed to making this a safe, positive and rewarding experience and throughout the process provide quality, professional and confidential service.
Egg Donor Compensation
The primary benefit to women who participate as egg donors is knowing that they have provided an invaluable gift. However, you will be financially compensated for your time, commitment and generosity required to meet the demands of egg donation.
Once the egg retrieval is completed you will receive a tax free, base compensation of $7000.00 regardless of the outcome and an additional compensation of $500 for each previous successful cycle.
You will not receive additional donor compensation for an egg donation cycle that requires travel. However, if extensive travel is required, this will be arranged for you and a companion by Elite Fertility Solutions and paid for by the intended parents.
You will be reimbursed for mileage and parking required during the egg donation cycle.
In rare instance when an egg donation cycle is canceled prior to retrieval but after injectable medication has begun, you will be financially compensated $500.
We hope that the financial compensation is useful, but most importantly that you will have satisfaction in the knowledge that your participation has enabled the intended parents to experience the joy of pregnancy and childbirth.
Egg Donor Requirements
There are strict guidelines set by the FDA as a well as fertility physicians nationwide. Most intended parents have struggled with infertility for years and suffered numerous disappointments from previous unsuccessful fertility treatments. Our goal is to eliminate further disappointment by providing qualified donors who are culturally and ethnically diverse, intelligent, creative, charismatic and embody passion and enthusiasm in all areas of their life.
You must meet the following criteria to proceed to the initial application:
- You are a healthy woman between the ages of 20 and 29,
- a non smoker and non drug user
- Within 5% of your ideal body weight, height-weight proportionate
- Have knowledge of the medical history of your biological parents, grandparents and siblings
- You will answer all questions honestly
- You have reliable transportation
In addition you must demonstrate a high level of responsibility and commitment required to fulfill the complex requirements of egg donation.
The Egg Donation Cycle
- The donor will be notified by EFS when you are chosen by intended parents and your availability is verified.
- All correspondence will be through Elite Fertility Solutions.
- You may not participate in an Egg Donation Cycle until the prescreening requirements are successfully completed and legal agreements are signed by all parties.
The legal contracts are designed to protect all parties involved in the egg donation cycle. You will speak with an attorney who specializes in infertility law. Once contracts are reviewed and understood, they are signed and returned to the attorney .
IMPORTANT: Only agree to participate in a cycle if you are able to commit. The intended parents have likely experienced years of disappointment and heartache due to infertility. It is our goal to provide the intended parent with only understanding and committed donors. If you are at all uncertain, we insist you decline participating in the cycle.
The cycle start date is negotiated based on prior commitments of both involved parties. You come into the Doctor’s office on Day 3 of your menstrual period and will begin oral medication to synchronize your menstrual cycle with the intended mother.
Approximately one week later, you return to the medical office to begin Lupron, a medication that helps control the timing of ovulation so a woman’s eggs can be retrieved before they are spontaneously released. Lupron also prepares the ovaries for stimulation with the fertility medications. It is painlessly self-injected daily with a ¼ inch needle and you are given detailed administration instructions.
Stimulating Egg Production
In a normal menstrual cycle, one egg matures each month, and at ovulation, is released from an egg-containing sac (called a follicle) on your ovary. During egg donation the goal is to obtain several mature eggs. You will be given follicle stimulating medication that produces the growth and maturation of multiple eggs. This medication is similar to the hormone your body produces normally each month. It has been used for over twenty years with women who do not ovulate regularly. You will be thoroughly instructed on administering the medication by injection and to begin on a specific day of your cycle for approximately 9—12 days.
You will have 4-8 monitoring appointments, approximately 4 days after you start the stimulation medication. As we feel no two donors are the same, monitoring provides the necessary information to customize the stimulation protocol. The appointments are generally scheduled in the early morning (as early as 6:30am) and take approximately 15 -30 minutes. As a donor, your appointments are scheduled at your convenience and given priority over regular patients.
Monitoring is done two ways: by ultrasound and blood hormone levels. Through ultrasound, the physician obtains an actual image of your ovaries, identifies, counts and measures the follicles as they develop. This provides information necessary to adjust the dosage of the stimulating medication, if necessary. The ultrasound is painless and has no known risks.
IMPORTANT: In addition to what is written above, you receive very specific instructions on all of the steps required of this process from EFS as well as the medical office. You must take all the medication at the appropriate times and be punctual for all appointments. You will be given priority when scheduling appointments to help accommodate school and/or work schedules. The monitoring appointments are mandatory and cannot be missed or rescheduled.
When the majority of the follicles reach a mature size, a final injection is administered to complete the maturation of the eggs. This occurs approximately 35 hours prior to retrieval. The treating physician will provide you with specific instructions.
For the retrieval, you will travel to the medical facility of the intended parents.
Egg recovery is accomplished through an ultrasound-guided procedure. (Eggs are a single cell and not visible to the naked eye.) The retrieval is performed under light anesthesia(twilight sleep) and will take about 15-30 minutes. There are no incisions, stitches or bleeding. You may be given antibiotics during the procedure to eliminate the possibility of infection. Following the procedure, you are kept in a recovery area for about an hour. As anesthesia is used, you will need to be driven home and rest for the remainder of the day. If necessary, transportation to and from the medical facility is arranged by EFS. You may feel some cramping which usually is resolved with Motrin or Advil. You may need to restrict your activity for a few days following the procedure but in most cases, you should be able to go back to driving, school or work the following day.
Most physicians have you schedule a follow-up appointment approximately a week after the egg retrieval. At this appointment you receive your compensation check. Your period will start approximately two weeks after the egg retrieval and you can resume your previous method of contraception. At this time the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends limiting participating as an egg donor to a maximum of six cycles and waiting a minimum of two menstrual cycles prior to initiating a new egg donor cycle.
Donors frequently ask if this procedure will permanently affect their own fertility by “using up their supply of egg cells”. The number of egg cells available to a young woman is unaffected by egg donation.
Within a week of retrieval, you will submit all of your accrued expenses to EFS. A reimbursement check will be mailed to you within two weeks for mileage, parking and any other expenses related to the cycle
- EGG: The female reproductive cell, also called an oocyte.
- EGG RETRIEVAL: A procedure to collect the eggs contained in the ovarian follicles.
- FERTILIZATION: The penetration of the egg by the sperm and the resulting combination of genetic material that develops into an embryo.
- OVARIAN STIMULATION: The use of medication to stimulate the ovaries to develop follicles and eggs.
- SPERM: Male reproductive cell.
- ULTRASOUND: A technique used in for visualizing the follicle in the ovaries.
How to apply
Thank you for your interest in egg donation. EFS is primarily an anonymous egg donation program, committed to providing the highest degree of sensitivity confidentiality, quality care and professionalism. It is important that you understand what is required of you as an egg donor prior to fully committing to the egg donation process. Please remember that any additional questions and/or concerns with be addressed in more detail with the donor coordinator.
Process of Evaluation
Review and Approval of Application
Please complete our convenient and secure online application form as honestly and detailed as possible so your application can be processed faster and your profile available for interested intended parents. If you have any questions about the information you provide to us, please call 949-494-6511 and speak to the donor coordinator. This is only a preliminary application. Once reviewed, you will be sent a donor profile, which will need to be completed prior to your interview. This includes information about you and close blood relatives.
Interview with member of EFS staff
If the information provided in the initial application meets our donor criteria, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment with a member of the Elite Fertility Staff. The purpose of this meeting is to thoroughly explain the process, procedures, risks and responsibilities of egg donation so you can decide if becoming an egg donor is right for you! Only when all your questions are answered and you feel ready to commit to becoming an egg donor, is your profile entered into the database.
Prior to proceeding with the selection process, you are required to successfully complete the medical and psychological screening. The physical will include a gynecological exam and ultrasound to evaluate the quality of your ovaries.
Donating eggs requires you to confront complex ethical, emotional and social issues. During the session with the psychotherapist you will have an opportunity to discuss these issues, ask question and express any concerns. Another goal of the psychological screening is to determine if you will be able to fulfill the complex requirements of egg donation.
All intended parents as well as the donors, are screened and counseled. The donors are provided, upon request, background profiles on the couples. This includes details on age, lifestyle, professions, interests, hobbies and their relationship.
We request that you provide multiple pictures from infancy to present and include at least one of your biological parents and siblings. Other friends and family may be in the photos. They will be scanned into the data base and returned to you. To protect our donor’s privacy, we have chosen not to allow photos to be viewed on the website and assign each donor a number.