Can I choose a donor from EFS and still use my own fertility doctor?
Yes. If you need help selecting a fertility clinic, we can recommend a strong network of highly qualified board certified reproductive endocrinologists who we have had great experiences collaborating with.
Is EFS more expensive than other programs?
Not at all! In fact, EFS’ simple, all-inclusive agency fee is reasonable and highly competitive. All costs are outlined for you at the outset, which means there are no surprises or hidden costs. Most importantly, with our all-inclusive and transparent pricing package, we offer our intended parents unmatched knowledge and personalized service.
How does EFS stack up when it comes to “personal” service?
We offer the highest level of attention, care and counseling to meet the needs of our intended parents and donors. This ensures that the entire process is comfortable, efficient, and successful for everyone involved. From the free, initial consultation with our Program Director to the egg retrieval, a knowledgeable, skilled EFS-affiliated healthcare professional personally works with you and your egg donor. Our team is committed to addressing everyone’s questions and concerns as quickly as possible. In addition, we have access to a vast network of resources to provide comprehensive legal, medical and psychological counseling.
Are all EFS donors medically and psychologically screened before they’re eligible?
Yes. Our screening process for egg donors is very intensive, so only a very small percentage of interested donors are eligible to become egg donors in our program.
Each potential EFS donor must successfully complete our rigorous prescreening process, which goes well beyond physical appearance, attributes and medical history. We evaluate the whole person to ensure they are medically and emotionally prepared for this journey. This includes an extensive personal interview with our Donor Coordinator, a full FDA physical by a fertility specialist and a psychological evaluation by a reproductive therapist. All this information is available for you to review on each potential candidate so that you are confident as you select the donor that meets all your specific criteria.
Are most donors at EFS college-educated?
Yes. The vast majority of EFS donors are college educated and highly accomplished. These young women are intelligent and have demonstrated great integrity, responsibility and commitment throughout their personal and professional lives. Grade point averages and standardized test results are included in each donor’s personal profile. Additional testing is available on request.
What if we do not get pregnant with our egg donor?
Despite EFS’s high rate of success, on rare occasion a couple does not achieve a pregnancy on their first attempt. In those instances, intended parents can either use frozen embryos from the first donation or select another egg donor.
If the IVF donor cycle is not successful and there are no frozen embryos, EFS will work with the intended parents to find a new donor at an adjusted rate.
Why does EFS require intended parents to have psychological counseling?
We know that choosing an egg donor is one of the most complex, personal, and emotional decisions you’ll ever make. Pregnancy by egg donation is highly successful, but it can involve many emotions. We believe it’s important to have a professional psychological counselor available to help you navigate this emotional and exciting journey. The counselor’s role is to ensure that the process is a positive experience by facilitating an open and honest conversation in an accepting and confidential environment.
You’ll discuss whether you want to work with an identified or unidentified egg donor as well as whether or how to discuss this decision with friends and family. You’ll also get advice about parenting a child who is not 100% genetically related to you and how it will affect the family dynamics.
Make no mistake. No matter how much input you seek from a counselor, every decision throughout the process remains entirely up to you.
Are EFS egg donors motivated strictly by money?
Absolutely not. One of the biggest misconceptions about egg donation is that women donate just for the compensation. Although financial compensation is certainly important to most donors and their families, most egg donors don’t do it for the money. They truly want to help someone, as many of our donors have a family member or a friend who has had their own fertility struggles.
What if my donor does not receive medical clearance from my doctor or does not start or complete the cycle?
We will work with you to rematch you with another donor. If we cannot find you a suitable donor within three months, we will refund 75% of the agency fee and all of the donor’s fees.
Have you met all of the egg donors in your database?
Yes, we interview all donors in person (via Skype during COVID) if they are in Orange County, LA or San Diego. If they are out of state or this area, we interview them via Skype video
Will I have the opportunity to meet my donor?
Meeting your donor will only occur if both parties agree. An EFS team member will arrange the meeting in person or via Skype and will be present for the duration of the meeting.
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After two and a half years of trying, we are pregnant with twins due in December. EFS’s expertise and caring made our decision a lot easier than we anticipated. And your daily follow-up via email kept us constantly informed about our donor’s prog…