egg donors

BECOMING AN EGG DONOR

THE PROCESS

BECOMING AN EGG DONOR

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME AN EGG DONOR

The general guidelines for becoming an egg donor include:
-Be between the ages of 20-28 years old
-High school graduate
-Height and weight proportionate
-Any ethnic background accepted
-Excellent personal and family health and genetic background
-Mature, responsible, and dependable
-Compassionate and willing to help someone become a parent

Many fertility clinics may have additional guidelines in addition to those listed above.

APPLICANT SCREENING
Complete our online application form, as well as submit several photos of yourself, recent and childhood photos are encouraged. Note that the pictures you submit will be the photos potential recipient couples view as they look at your online application form. Please take this into consideration when selecting the appropriate photos for submission.

When your application is submitted online, it will be reviewed by our office staff to ensure you meet the minimum guidelines for egg donation. If you meet these guidelines, someone from our staff will contact you to schedule a phone interview in order to get to know you a little better and clarify anything on your online application. After additional paperwork and clinical screening, your file will then be added to our egg donor database on the internet with non-identifying information for potential recipients to view.

MATCHING PROCESS
When a recipient couple chooses you as their potential egg donor candidate, we will contact you to verify you are available. We will provide you with some non-identifying information about the recipient couple - they may tell you a little about their lives, how they met, if they have any children, as well as why they are choosing egg donation in their journey to become parents. At this time, we will also help in the process of establishing a legal agreement between you and your recipient couple. This contractual agreement outlines your responsibilities as an egg donor and the responsibilities that the recipient couple assumes once they select you. We work with a number of attorneys throughout the United States and we will help you select an attorney to review your legal agreement with you. The financial burden of this legal review will be that of the recipient couple and we will pay your legal fee for you with funds deposited by the recipient couple.

In addition to your legal agreement, as an egg donor candidate, you will undergo a variety medical and genetic tests, as well as a psychological assessment. You can expect to undergo certain medical tests to rule out diseases such as HIV, the virus causing AIDS; any sexually transmitted diseases; and Hepatitis B and C, as well as any other medical tests the fertility clinic you will be working with requires. Many fertility clinics will also require a Pap smear, routine lab tests including drug testing, rubella, a complete blood count, liver function test, and blood typing with a test to determine your Rh factor.

Establishment of a management account with all funds necessary to complete the egg donation is essential before you begin your fertility medications. This includes your compensation, as well as your travel, lodging, and food stipend during your retrieval travels.

DONOR CYCLE PROCESS
The donor cycle process begins with synchronizing your cycle with that of your recipient. This is usually done by taking a birth control pill. You will then have your ovaries stimulated with a variety of fertility medications taken in the form of injection.

During this time, you will be scheduled for morning doctor appointments where your ovaries will be monitored by ultrasound to determine your progress, and blood will be drawn to monitor your estradiol and other hormone levels. Your fertility medication dosage will be adjusted based on these daily test results. When your follicles are mature based on ultrasound and blood tests, you will be directed to take a "trigger shot" (hCG or Lupron). This injection is precisely timed with egg retrieval scheduled about 36 hours later.

Your retrieval will take place at the clinic that your recipient couple chooses. During the process of retrieval, an ultrasound-guided probe is used to navigate a small needle through the back of the wall within your vaginal canal and into each ovary. Each mature egg is then aspirated. The procedure takes between 20-30 minutes. Following the procedure, you may have discomfort which can be alleviated by over the counter pain reliever.

AFTERWARD
After the procedure, you will be financially compensated for your discomfort, as well as for your time and inconvenience. In many cases, you will also have the opportunity to schedule a follow up appointment at your local monitoring clinic to verify that your ovaries appear normal. Shortly after the retrieval (approximately two weeks later), you will be told whether a pregnancy was achieved as a result of your generous contribution.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

- HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
We have helped unite egg donors with recipient parents since 2002 and we continue to work with individuals from across the United States and abroad.

- WHERE WILL I TRAVEL FOR MY EGG RETRIEVAL?
Creating New Generations works with a select number of fertility clinics located throughout the United States. Each of these clinics have met the highest standards as described by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Some of the fertility clinics and reproductive endocrinologists we work with are found in the following cities:

- Portland, Oregon
- Rockville, Maryland
- Denver, Colorado
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Lexington, Massachusetts (suburb of Boston)
- Seattle, Washington
- San Francisco, California
- San Ramon, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Laguna Hills, California
- San Diego, California
- Orlando, Florida
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Morristown, New Jersey
- Livingston, New Jersey
- San Antonio, Texas
- New York City, New York

The above list is just a few of the locations we send our egg donors.

- HOW LONG DOES THE EGG DONATION PROCESS TAKE?

From the time an egg donor is matched with a recipient, the process typically takes somewhere between eight to ten weeks. This includes the time it takes to go through the screening process, as well as the synchronization phase where the egg donor and recipient mother's (or surrogate's) menses are synchronized by the use of birth control pills. The actual stimulation phase of the egg donation cycle is typically eight to ten days with egg retrieval being performed as an outpatient procedure at the fertility clinic, lasting approximately one half hour.

- WHO WILL COVER MY TRAVEL EXPENSES?
When required to travel away from home to attend an egg retrieval, our egg donors are provided a generous travel stipend, including monies for food, airfare for two, hotel accommodations and ground transportation such as a taxi stipend or a car rental. At the end of the egg donation cycle, our egg donors will also be provided compensation for the time and effort put forth into the egg donation cycle, as well as the discomfort of attending local appointments and undergoing egg retrieval. Compensation for our egg donors range between $5,000 to $10,000.


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