What it means to be an egg donor


If you are considering becoming an egg donor you may have lot of questions. Most fertility clinics which accept egg donations are very happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Each state is a little different, so be sure to contact a center in the area where you will donate.

Who can become a donor?

Not all women will be accepted as an egg donor. While each center will have their own standards, some things are basic and there are also some regulations. Egg donors must be legal adults, aged 21 and usually no older than 32. A woman must enter a legal contract and needs to be old enough for that responsibility. For women older than 32, their eggs start to lose viability and make pregnancy less likely. Sometimes a clinic will prefer women who have already given birth or donated eggs. Having had the experience and knowing what it’s like to have genetic offspring without giving birth may make them a better candidate.

What is the process like?

There may be several medical visits before you are accepted. These will include a physical and gynecological exam, a medical and family history, blood and urine tests and a psychological evaluation. At other meetings, your legal rights and responsibilities will be discussed.

If you are accepted, you will take a series of fertility drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce many eggs at one time. While “cycling” you will take many medical tests including blood tests. Removing or harvesting the eggs requires minor, outpatient surgery. At this point, you are done with your contribution to the process.

Once eggs are harvested, the donated eggs will be used to establish a pregnancy through in vitro fertilization (IVF). If embryos result from the lab, they will be transferred to the uterus of the recipient. If the recipient becomes pregnant, she is the birth mother and legal mother of that baby.

Source: Egg Donation, Inc.


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