EGG DONOR FAQS
- Who is an egg donor?
- How old do you have to be to donate eggs?
- Do I need any special traits, talents, or education to be a donor?
- Must I be a mother already to donate?
- Why would somebody need my eggs?
- What are the benefits of being an egg donor?
- Will I be paid to be an egg donor?
- If I donate my eggs, will I still have enough for myself?
- Is the egg donor process anonymous?
- Can I donate to a friend or family member?
- Can I donate eggs more than once?
- What are the risks of being an egg donor?
- Is the program safe?
- What kind of screenings must I go through?
- How long does the process take?
- Do I have to stay local?
- Will I have to inject myself?
- What can I expect physically and emotionally?
- How long will it take for my body to return to normal after the egg retrieval?
- Will I be told if a pregnancy or live birth resulted from my donation?
- Do I have any responsibilities for, or rights to, the child created with my eggs?
Who is an egg donor?
Women who are less than 32 years of age are eligible to have eggs (oocytes) removed from their ovaries for use by an intended parent who does not have viable (healthy) eggs of their own to have children (reproduction). The process for egg donation is basically the first steps of IVF (in vitro fertilization) where fertility medications (the natural hormone FSH) are administered over the period of one to two weeks after which oocytes are removed from the ovaries under anesthesia.
How old do I have to be to donate eggs?
Women between 21 and 32 years of age are considered to have the optimal egg quality, which gives the intended parent the highest chance of conception. At Long Island IVF, we require donors to be at least 21 years old, in order to protect their own reproductive health and to ensure that they are mature enough to make such an important decision.
Do I need any special traits, talents, or education to be a donor?
Our donors come from all walks of life, all ethnicities, and all levels of education and bring with them many different and diverse talents.
Must I be a mother already to donate?
No. While some of our egg donors already know the joys of parenthood and donate their eggs to help an intended parent experience that same happiness, it is not a requirement.
Why would somebody need my eggs?
People choose egg donation for different and varied reasons. Intended parents are struggling with infertility because:
- they were born without oocytes
- undergo menopause prematurely (before age 40)
- may have chromosomal problems with their own eggs
- may have undergone cancer treatments, which affected their eggs
- may have delayed childbearing and their fertility is now diminished
- gay men or same sex male couples need donated eggs in order to build their families
What are the benefits of being an egg donor?
Studies have found that women who donate their eggs feel a long lasting sense of pride and fulfillment. After going through the donor experience, many women report that giving the gift of life was the best part of it and they take pride in the knowledge that they have made such a profound impact on someone’s life.
In addition to the “feeling of goodwill” that comes from this ultimate act of human kindness, the donor also receives a more immediate and tangible benefit from their donation. Donors receive $10,000 as compensation in recognition of the time and effort required to prepare for and successfully complete an egg donation cycle. Many egg donors find this helpful in supporting their academic goals or in supplementing their regular income.
Moreover, the elective egg freezing option for our proven egg donors is a great benefit for those who for various reasons are not ready to build their own families now but are concerned that their eggs are going to age while they wait.
Will I be paid to be an egg donor?
Compensation for time and discomfort associated with egg donation is currently $10,000 per completed donation cycle. Compensation is received once the egg donation cycle is completed. After you have donated with us once, you also have the opportunity to participate in elective egg freezing as a form of compensation.
If I donate my eggs, will I still have enough for myself?
Egg donation has been performed worldwide since the mid 1980's and there is no evidence that it decreases subsequent fertility in those who have donated. Some women donate eggs to themselves, a process known as egg freezing for fertility preservation. This is an option for women, who at the age of 32 or younger, do not foresee themselves as having children by age 37. We have a special program for our egg donors who wish to save some of their eggs for their own future use.
Is the egg donor process anonymous?
Yes, the information that is provided to us by an egg donor is strictly anonymous and confidential. Recipients choose donors based on the characteristic information that they are provided with such as: ethnic background, family health history, height and weight and previous donation records. Any identifying information about a donor is never disclosed to recipients. Similarly, the recipient identity is never known by the donor in an anonymous donation.
Can I donate to a friend or family member?
Although most egg donations are made to anonymous recipients, known donations can be made to friends or family.
Can I donate eggs more than once?
Many of our egg donors have donated more than once, though the final approval is made on a case-by-case basis after reviewing the earlier donation cycle and after reassessing the donor’s health. In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Long Island IVF policy allows egg donors to donate up to six (6) times during her lifetime. Proven egg donors who come back to donate again are also eligible for our Elective Egg Freezing benefit.
What are the risks of being an egg donor?
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has been around for decades and is commonly regarded as a generally safe medical procedure. There are however, some short-term risks associated with egg donation, which can be reduced by both advance knowledge and recognizing the warning signs. Our exceptional clinical team provides education and counseling to our egg donors regarding how to avoid, recognize and address unwanted symptoms or outcomes related to medication side effects, temporary weight gain, increased fertility or the medical procedure. Additionally, egg donors are monitored very closely throughout the medication stimulation phase and come back to the facility for a post-operative appointment two weeks after their retrieval for a check-up.
Is the program safe?
The very first donor egg baby on Long Island came from OUR Donor Egg Program. So you could say we pioneered Donor Egg on Long Island. Our facilities are state of the art and our doctors and embryologists are recognized experts in their fields. We pride ourselves on safety. For more information, see the “Our Facilities” section of this website.
What kind of screenings must I go through?
Egg donors are giving the gift of life. The screening process is designed to confirm that donors are physically and emotionally qualified and committed to the process, and also to assure the recipient is receiving eggs from a healthy donor. Psychological and general health screening as well as criminal background checks are part of the process, but are done at no expense to you. More specific information about our screening process can be reviewed in the donor screening section of this website.
How long does the process take?
Dependent on your schedule, the screening process may take several months.
After you've been pre-screened and accepted as an egg donor, your anonymous profile is created allowing potential Recipients to consider you as a possible donor.
Once the actual egg donation process begins (after a recipient chooses you as their egg donor), the egg donation cycle may take approximately four to six weeks. The first few weeks will involve taking birth control pills. This is followed by a phase when you are on stimulation medication for approximately two weeks, cumulating up to the egg retrieval procedure. During this time, your nurse will be there every step of the way to coordinate your calendar and give you all the necessary instructions regarding your stimulation and egg retrieval procedure including: medications, lab work and ultrasounds as well as the egg retrieval procedure and your post-retrieval follow-up visit.
Do I have to stay local?
Yes, you do have to stay local during the medication phase of the cycle up through the retrieval procedure. The medication phase of the cycle begins when you start the stimulation medication and continues until the egg retrieval procedure (approximately two weeks). During this time you will have to be available daily each morning if needed for monitoring. You will also have a follow up exam within two weeks after the retrieval to confirm that you are doing well.
Will I have to inject myself?
Because the stimulation medication is injectable daily, you can either inject yourself or have someone else do it for you. Our clinical staff instructs each donor on how to self-administer the medications with small needles which are injected into the fatty tissue of either the thighs or abdomen. Alumna donors of our program tell us that the injections were easier than they anticipated in large part to the compassionate teaching skills and the support they received from our skilled nursing team.
What can I expect physically and emotionally?
In general, most women tolerate the stimulation medications very well. However, since the medicines are injectable and they are hormones, some patients may find some discomfort at the injection sites and some report being a bit more emotional. You may also feel bloating as the egg retrieval procedure date nears but that feeling generally subsides soon after egg retrieval.
How long will it take for my body to return to normal after the egg retrieval?
You should expect a menstrual period within 14 days after the egg retrieval. The first period is likely to be unusually heavy compared to your average period but this is normal and to be expected as a side effect of the stimulation medication. Following your next period, your body should be completely back to normal.
Will I be told if a pregnancy or live birth resulted from my donation?
Most egg donations are made to anonymous recipients and donors are never told the outcome for these donation cycles. For known or directed donations, the donors and the recipients are already known to each other before the egg donation cycle and therefore, these donors can expect to know the outcome.
Do I have any responsibilities for, or rights to, the child created with my eggs?
In accordance with current New York State law, an egg donor has no rights to or responsibility for children which may be created using their donated eggs. The intended parents assume all responsibilities. Egg donors may also chose to consult a reproductive law attorney for advice or further information.
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