OUR SIMPLE EGG DONATION PROCESS
Need a further breakdown? Below is the step-by-step process of what you can expect as an egg donor. In general, the overall process takes about 4-7 months. We’ll do our best to work around your schedule, since we understand everyone leads busy lives. So, the overall process can be shorter or longer depending on how much flexibility you need.
Rest assured, we will discuss all the details of the program with you during the screening process and information sessions. We’re here to answer your questions and help you along the way – no donor enters our program uninformed, and your comfort and safety are our primary concern.
Review our eligibility requirements and FAQ’s about the program first. If you’re eligible and interested, you can start the process by applying online. Your application will be reviewed by our head geneticist.
Next, your egg donor coordinator will contact you to schedule an information session and interview. During the interview, your coordinator will go over the details of the entire donation process and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also complete basic fertility testing and undergo a drug screening test.
You’ll visit the clinic 1-3 times for several medical visits. These include a physical exam, a psychological evaluation, screening for genetic and infectious diseases, hormone testing and a vaginal ultrasound. These tests, worth thousands of dollars but given at no cost to you, will give you valuable insight into your current health and genetic background.
Once all of your testing and screening is complete, our Medical Director will review your results and you will be notified whether or not you’ve been accepted into our donor program. If you’re approved, you’ll also be upgraded in our referral program, and be given the potential to earn $1,000 every time you refer a friend who ends up becoming a donor.
You’ll complete a photo shoot with a professional photographer – these pictures will be added to your donor profile. Of note, while donor egg families will be able to see your pictures, your identity will remain confidential and anonymous (the exclusion would be if you choose to be an ID option donor, where you consent to give donor-conceived children the option to contact you upon reaching 18 years of age).
The next step is the egg donation cycle. During the donation cycle, you’ll visit the clinic 6-8 times over 2 weeks leading up to your egg retrieval. The egg retrieval is done in an outpatient setting, where the retrieval itself takes about 20 minutes. This is the the only part of the entire process where you’ll need to take a day off of work/school to recover afterward; however you can resume normal activities the following day. For more information about the egg donation cycle, please see our FAQ’s.
Most of our egg donors donate several times, and find the subsequent cycles much easier (especially since all that is required is completion of Step 6!). If you’re eager to donate again and are approved to do so by our team, you’ll be able to complete up to 6 cycles.