Become an Egg Donor – Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become an egg donor?
You can apply by filling out an application online, calling and filling out an application over the phone or coming in to one of our locations and filling out a paper application.
You will be contacted via the email address provided on the application with the acceptance or denial to the screening and testing phase of the application process. If you do not hear from us within one week, please feel free to contact the donor egg team at (904)399-5620, extension 2025.
After completing the brief online application you will hear from one of our donor egg team members within two business days advising you if you meet the requirements to move to the screening and testing phase. You will be given documents to complete that include consent forms, a personal/family health history packet, and a medical records release. Once those documents are complete, your packet will be submitted to our program director for review.
What are the requirements to become an egg donor?
Some of the requirements are, but not limited to: A donor egg recipient –
- Must be older than 20 years and less than 30 years of age
- Must have a BMI greater than 20, but no more than 30
- Must have regular monthly cycles
- Must be able to commit to morning appointments every day for about 10-14 days at one of our egg donor locations (Downtown Jacksonville, Tallahassee or Daytona Beach) during your cycle
- Must be able to provide genetic and medical history of themselves AND their biological family (brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles).
Note: The screening questionnaire contains medical questions about your family. When completing the document you are required to interview those family members, someone in your family who can answer questions on their behalf, or a close family friend who can answer the medical questions.
- Must not use tobacco products, excessive alcohol consumption or illegal substances
- Must not test positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, (HIV) or diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and neither can their past sexual partner(s)
- Must not be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Do you meet the above requirements? If so, please continue to our online egg donor application and you will hear back from one of our egg donor team members within five business days. You will receive an email from the team member with the screening documents for you to complete and the applicable instructions.
How do I submit my screening documents?
After you complete the screening documents, please email, fax or drop off at any of our locations the following items:
- Completed Genetic and Medical Questionnaire document
- Pictures of yourself at various ages (baby, toddler, preteen, teen and adult)
- Signed and dated donor picture consent. The photographs will only be viewable by potential recipients
- A copy of your current (within 1-2 years)Pap smear results and well women’s exam (done within one year). If you have not had a well woman’s exam within the last year, please schedule one with your gynecologist as soon as possible as to not delay your application
How do I check the status of my application or if I need help?
One of our donor egg team members will be happy to assist you! Feel free to contact us any time.
Phone: (800)556-5620 or (904)399-5620 Extension 2025
Can a donor egg team member help me complete the screening documents?
The email response from your online application will provide you instructions on how to set up a telephone or in-person meeting with one of our team members who can assist you with completing the screening documents?
- Please do not forget to interview family for their portion of the medical questionnaire!
Why do I need to be able to come to your office every morning during my cycle?
The process of cycling as an egg donor involves stimulating your ovaries with medications known as gonadotropins. These are the same hormones your body makes naturally to produce one egg each month. These medications are given to you every day for about 10-14 days (depending on your response to the medications) by one of our medical personnel as an injection. Bloodwork to monitor estrogen levels and an ultrasound will be performed every three days to evaluate your response to the medications and closely monitor your stimulation.
In most cases, you will be informed two days in advance of your pending retrieval. Because it is critical to retrieve the eggs at a certain time, you will need to be available for monitoring and egg retrieval when asked to come in. It is important to understand that you do not lose any more eggs than you would in a normal unstimulated cycle when you go through stimulation.
Will you take all of my eggs?
No. In a natural cycle, your body makes enough hormone to stimulate one egg amid several competing potential eggs to grow to maturity for ovulation. The other potential eggs die off. With a medicated cycle, we are attempting to stimulate all potential eggs for this cycle to grow to maturity. You would not lose any more eggs than you would normally if you were having a natural menstrual cycle.
Will I need to take any time off of work or school?
The egg retrieval procedure is completed only at our downtown Jacksonville center. It is performed under IV sedation, where you are given medicine to put you asleep for the procedure. The egg retrieval process typically lasts 15-20 minutes. Risks of this procedure include bleeding, which is generally minimal and controlled with direct pressure and rarely infection, a prophylactic antibiotic is always given. After retrieval, donors are monitored in our recovery room for an hour prior to being discharged home. Donors will require a driver the day of retrieval.
Are there any medical risks when donating eggs?
Potential side effects of ovarian stimulation medications include but not limited to: headache, hot flashes, fatigue, mood changes, pelvic discomfort due to enlarging ovaries, vaginal dryness, redness, small bruises at injection sites, and possible allergic reactions. The risks of ovarian stimulation can be an accumulation of fluid and abdominal discomfort, weight gain, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
Most cases of hyperstimulation are very mild and resolve shortly after retrieval. However, there is a risk of severe hyperstimulation which may require hospitalization and may even result in death. Because of the potential complication, we ask that all donors keep close contact for a few weeks following the egg retrieval so that proper follow up care can be provided if necessary. This complication affects less than 3% of women in whom ovulation is induced this way.
Possible complications of egg retrieval include but are not limited to: bleeding, infection, and injury to other abdominal structures (bladder, bowel) or other blood vessels. Although very rare, some of these complications may require more extensive and immediate surgical procedures.
Possible increased risk of ovarian cancer; however, to date there has been no conclusive evidence of this. The greatest risk by far of developing ovarian cancer relates to one’s own family history, i.e., having first degree relatives who have had the disease.
All of these potential risks are indicated in the egg donation consent form that is sent to accepted donor applicants.
How many times can I donate my eggs?
Donors may participate and cycle through egg retrieval a maximum of six times. This calculation includes donation of your eggs at another clinic.
Will I be reimbursed for time away from work, childcare and/or travel expense?
Donors are given monetary honorarium for their participation. We think of this as a compensation for time away from work, travel expenses, babysitters and other potential expenses.
How much will I be paid to donate my eggs?
Donors are given a monetary honorarium for their participation in the amount of $4,500 per cycle.
When will I receive my compensation?
On the day of egg retrieval you will receive a check from our clinic.
If it is your first time donating with our clinic we will hold $500 of the compensation which will be released to you at the time of your return for the 6-month FDA labs. The FDA labs screen for infectious diseases. We will contact you at the applicable time to schedule your lab appointment. When you complete the blood draw you will receive a check for $500 which will complete the compensation for your first donation cycle with our clinic.