Find out what you need to know with egg donor questions and answers

Elite Fertility Solutions wants you to feel comfortable with your decision to become an egg donor. Our California egg donation agency believes that knowledge is power when it comes to making such an important decision, so we have provided a list of egg donor questions and answers.

Question: What is Elite Fertility Solutions?

Answer: Elite Fertility Solutions is not a clinic, so no medical procedures occur in our offices. We are an egg donation agency, which means that we recruit egg donors and match them with intended parents. All egg donors visit board certified fertility specialists for medical procedures relating to egg donation.

Question: Who am I donating to?

Answer: Our California egg donation agency helps individuals and couples who have been struggling with infertility. Most intended parents have been on an emotional rollercoaster, having spent thousands of dollars and several years trying to conceive. By donating your eggs, you help intended parents fulfill their dream of having a baby of their own.

Question: How old do I have to be to become an egg donor?

Answer: We accept applications from women between the ages of 20 and 29. By 20, most women are old enough to make an informed decision about egg donation and follow through with the commitment. Capping the age at 29 helps us ensure that intended parents receive high-quality eggs as female fertility starts to decline around age 30.

Question: What BMI do I need to donate my eggs?

Answer: You need to have a healthy body mass index (BMI) between 18 and 25. We have this requirement because BMI can affect the amount of medications you will take. A donor with a high BMI may need to take more medication and may not affect the number and quality of the eggs. A donor with a low BMI is more likely to develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) when taking the medications. Having a healthy BMI helps you have a successful and safe egg donation cycle.

Question: How much will it cost me to donate my eggs?

Answer: There are no out-of-pocket costs to the egg donors for participating in our program. Any out-of-town travel expenses (if needed for the donation cycle), meals, transportation and lodging for you and a companion will be arranged by the agency and paid for by the intended parents.

Question: How long is an egg donation cycle?

Answer: The calendar for an egg donation cycle depends on a number of factors, including your availability, the timing of your menstrual cycle and the protocol that is determined to be best for you. An egg donation cycle typically ranges from a few weeks to two months.

Keep in mind that before beginning an egg donation cycle, you must be selected by intended parents as a donor. This can take a few weeks or a few months.

Question: Will my insurance be billed for any appointments or medications?

Answer: No, all medical expenses related to the egg donation are paid for by the intended parents. An insurance policy will be purchased for you once you start the medications.

Question: Can I donate if I do not have medical insurance?

Answer: Yes, you will receive an incidental insurance policy as an egg donor that covers you and all related costs throughout the egg donation process.

Question: Is travel required for egg donation?

Answer: You will decide if you would like to travel in-state or out-of-state to donate. If you agree, all expenses for you and a companion are paid by the intended parents. This includes airfare, transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. Elite Fertility will manage all the travel arrangements for you.

Question: Will I have to take time off from school or work?

Answer: Appointments are usually early in the morning between 6:30 and 10:00, so there will be limited disruption to your schedule. These appointments are not flexible, so please be sure they will fit with your personal and professional commitments. The egg retrieval procedure will require you to have the entire day free. Depending on how you feel, you may need to take a few days off. Your doctor can provide a note upon request.

Question: How time-consuming is the egg donation process?

Answer: Not at all. The process mainly consists of 20 to 30-minute doctor appointments that can be arranged around your schedule. These appointments take place early in the morning between 6:30 and 10:00. You can expect to visit the clinic six to 10 times. From start to finish, the whole egg donation cycle takes about two to four weeks.

Question: How long will I be on medications?

Answer: This depends on how your body reacts to the fertility medications. However, most donors are on medications for approximately 12 to 14 days.

Question: How will I feel on the medications?

Answer: Typical symptoms towards the end of the cycle may include bloating, cramping and moodiness. You are taking hormones, so you may feel elevated PMS-like symptoms, but this varies from person to person.

Question: Is egg retrieval a major surgery?

Answer: No, egg retrieval is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions or stitches. You will receive sedation during the 20 to 30-minute procedure.

Question: What type of anesthesia is used?

Answer: You will receive “twilight anesthesia,” which means you’ll be sedated but able to breathe on your own. The anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia by IV. You may feel groggy when you wake up and will be in recovery for 30-60 minutes

Question: Do I need someone to bring me to my egg retrieval appointment?

Answer: You should have a trusted friend or family member drive you to the clinic for your egg retrieval. You will wake up feeling groggy from the anesthesia, so you will need someone to help you get home safely. For your own safety, you cannot take a taxi, Uber, Lyft or public transportation.

Question: Is egg donation safe?

Answer: Egg donation has been around for 30 years and more than 100,000 babies have been born through this method. All medical procedures come with some risk, but egg retrieval is low-risk and minimally invasive. You have less than a 1% chance of experiencing any severe side effects.

Question: What are the risks of egg donation?

Answer: The primary risk is a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). It is relatively rare (1-3% of IVF cases). The doctor will perform careful monitoring to avoid this possibility. Other symptoms can include weight gain and a feeling of bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists. You will most likely receive antibiotics to avoid this. Lastly, we require abstaining from sexual intercourse or any exchange of bodily fluid during the egg donor cycle as you will be extremely fertile.

Question: Does egg donation hurt?

Answer: You may experience bloating and irritability while you take the stimulation medications, and administering the medications does involve injection with a very small needle. During the process of the egg retrieval, you will be sedated so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. After the egg retrieval, you will likely feel tired, due to the sedation. You may experience some cramping which can last from one day to a week.

Question: How often and how many times can I donate?

Answer: Fertility doctors recommend that you have two regular periods between egg donations. Elite Fertility Solutions follows the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines for a maximum of six donations per donor. This is to limit the number of genetically related children that may meet as adults and to protect the health of the donors.

Question: Can I run out of eggs if I’m a donor?

Answer: No, each woman begins life with millions of eggs in her ovaries. During a normal menstrual cycle, a woman’s ovaries develop many follicles. One egg is selected to mature for ovulation and the rest of the follicles are absorbed by your body. The fertility medications you will take will recruit some of these surplus eggs that would normally be absorbed and lost. As a result, you will not use up any of your eggs any faster as an egg donor. Your future eggs will be safe and you should have no issues getting pregnant.

Question: Will I still be able to have my own kids after donating my eggs?

Answer: If you are fertile enough to donate eggs in the first place, donating your eggs should not have any effect on your future fertility. Research has found no link between egg donation and problems conceiving in the future. Donating your eggs will not deplete your natural egg supply (See – “Can I run out of eggs if I’m a donor?”).

Question: How does Elite Fertility protect my privacy?

Answer: Egg donation is a very personal decision and some donors worry about family and friends finding out. Others worry about intended parents and their children finding them. Your privacy and safety are very important to us. We will protect your identity throughout the process and keep your personal and medical information confidential. Additionally, most egg donations are anonymous, so the intended parents will not know your identity.

Question: Will I meet the intended parents who receive my eggs?

Answer: Most egg donations are anonymous, so most donors do not meet the intended parents. However, some intended parents would like to meet their donor. If both parties agree, the meeting will be at our office with an Elite Fertility staff member present. First names may be exchanged if the donors and intended parent(s) agree.

Question: Do I have any responsibility to children who result from my egg donation?

Answer: No, the intended parents have total custody of all children born from egg donation. Parental rights are covered in detail during the legal phase of the donation. You will meet with an attorney that we provide for you, who will review the contract with you.

Question: Once I become an egg donor, how long is the match process?

Answer: Choosing an egg donor is an extremely personal decision for intended parents, so the time period for a donor to be matched with the right intended parent varies. It can happen as quickly as the same day or it can take a month or longer.

Question: Can I be a donor if I’m on birth control or have an intrauterine device (IUD)?

Answer: You can become an egg donor if you use the birth control pill, birth control patch or NuvaRing. You will need to stop using these methods of birth control before you start the egg donation process.

If you have an IUD, it typically won’t influence the process and can likely remain in place.

If you are using Depo-Provera or a Norplant device, you will need to stop using it for approximately three months to have had at least one normal menstrual cycle before you can become an egg donor. It can take this long to be selected as a donor, so you can still be part of the egg donor program, program during this process.

Question: Can I be a donor if I have had an abortion or tubal ligation in the past?

Answer: Yes, you can be an egg donor if you have had an abortion or tubal ligation.

Question: Can I donate if I have tattoos or piercings?

Answer: Yes, you can still donate if you have tattoos and/or piercings. If your tattoo or piercing is recent (within the last year), you will need to provide a signed letter from the studio that states sterile disposable needles were used. Even with this, you may still have to wait 6 months, so please refrain from getting tattoos or piercings while you are waiting to become a donor.

Question: Can I have sex while taking fertility medications?

Answer: You will need to refrain from sexual intercourse or exchange of bodily fluids while taking these medications because you are extremely fertile and can become pregnant during this time. We also want to reduce the risk of infection during this process.

Question: Can I exercise while I donate my eggs?

Answer: Your ovaries will be enlarged during the egg donation, so you should refrain from high-impact activities like running and mountain biking until your ovaries are back to normal. Your fertility doctor will tell you when you need to stop exercising and when you can start again.

Question: Can I donate if I have HPV, genital herpes or another STD?

Answer: Yes, you are still eligible to donate if you have been treated for an STD. However, there could be a waiting period for certain conditions, per FDA guidelines.

Question: Can I become a donor if I’m a virgin?

Answer: Yes. However, the vaginal ultrasounds as part of the monitoring will break your hymen.

Question: How much do egg donors get paid?

Answer: Our current egg donation compensation for a first-time donor for your time commitment and services is $8000 for a completed cycle (retrieval of the eggs). You also be compensated for mileage and any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. Experienced and “in-demand” donors may receive more compensation.

Looking for additional egg donor questions and answers? Contact Elite Fertility Solutions to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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