How common is egg donation as a therapy for infertility?
Very. In 2003 (the most recent year for which statistics are
available), it accounted for 12 percent of all ART cycles, according
to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
What are the requirements of egg donors?
At ARR, that they be
between 21 and 28 and are medically and psychologically qualified.
Are egg donors pre-screened?
At ARR, yes. Extensively. Our donors must spend
at least 90 minutes of intense interview time with our team
and undergo independent psychological testing. By the time a
candidate meets intended parents, she is completely ready to
be matched and move into the medical portion of the program.
How much information shared on egg donor candidates?
We ask the candidates to bring pictures to our interview from
birth to adulthood, and photos of their children, if they have
any. In addition to physical characteristics, we share their
interests, hobbies, education, family history and other personal
observations from our extensive interview process.
How long is the entire process for egg donation?
It varies, but generally takes between two to four months.
This includes interviewing/screening, testing, medication cycles,
retrieval and recovery.
Are there state or national regulations involved with egg donation?
Not currently. However, we do require each donor we accept
to undergo a legal consultation. The attorney reviews our donor
contracts, the consent form for the fertility center being
used, and works with counsel for the intended parents to establish
a direct agreement between the two parties. It’s critical to
avoid unnecessary surprises.
What medical regimen does an egg donor have to follow?
Donors initially undergo a physical exam, which includes blood
testing for basic health and infectious diseases. A baseline
ultrasound is also completed. Once the donor has been matched
with intended parents, she begins the ovarian stimulation process,
which generally takes three to four weeks.
How many times can a woman donate her eggs?
Per the ASRM guidelines,
women may donate up to six times if egg and embryo quality permit.
What is the compensation for an egg donor?
ARR’s egg donors receive $7,000 for their time and effort.