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What Egg Donors Need to Know

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.

conceptual connections blog

From our Conception Connections Blog:
A Taxing Issue for Egg Donors?

Are your organs, your blood, even your eggs property? If so, should you be taxed on the proceeds when you give that blood or those eggs? Two law school professors say yes. The accepted industry philosophy, however, is that our donors and surrogates are compensated for their time and medical expenses, not the “product” they’re providing. They are taxed on their income. We don’t believe an additional tax is necessary or fair. For the reality is that one woman’s hope is not another’s property.

  american society of reproductive medicine