Egg Donor FAQs

Egg Donor Q&A


Can I donate if my tubes are tied?

Yes, a previous tubal ligation does not affect egg donation.

How many times can I donate?

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends no more than six donations.

How long does the process take?

The amount of time it takes to be chosen for a cycle varies significantly for every donor. Once your profile has been chosen by an intended parent the screening process takes about six weeks to complete. Your retrieval is usually three to four weeks after the start of injections.

What are the risks of the donation?

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome or OHSS is characterized by enlarged ovaries and accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. A mild form occurs in 10-20% of cycles and results in some discomfort, but almost always resolves without complications. The severe form occurs in approximately 1% of cycles. With close monitoring by sonograms and bloodwork, the risk of developing OHSS is very low.

Will donating affect my future fertility?

No, there is no evidence that donating eggs will cause problems with your own future fertility.

How much time will I need to take off from school or work?

Our donor coordinators will try to work with your schedule as much as possible. Appointments range from early morning to late afternoon.  You will have about seven appointments at TFC for screening and monitoring follicular development. You should expect to stay home the day of your retrieval, but should be able to return the following day.

What are my restrictions during the cycle?

We ask that limit alcohol and caffeine intake during the cycle. Also, it is very important to abstain during the cycle to prevent pregnancy.  High risk behavior to avoid will be discussed with you during your consultation with one of our donor coordinators.

Do I really have to give myself injections?

Yes, medications/hormones are administered through subcutaneous injections.  Your donor coordinator will give you an injection lesson and make sure you’re comfortable administering your own injections.

Will I receive compensation?

Yes, donors are compensated generously for their time and dedication to the cycle upon completion of the donation; the amount will be discussed during your consultation with one of our donor coordinators.

Do I have to pay for anything?

No, the intended parents will be responsible for all the costs of the cycle.

Will I have coverage for medical emergencies?

Yes, you will be provided with health insurance to protect against the unlikely event of a complication requiring medical attention occurring as a result of the treatment cycle. While the risk of a medical complication resulting from the egg donation process is extremely low, we believe that all patients should have coverage during any type of medical treatment.

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