How to Choose the Best Egg Donor Agency for Your Unique Journey

Posted on March 28, 2022 by Giving Tree Surrogacy & Egg Donation

You have made the choice to move forward in your journey to parenthood using an egg donor, now you’re asking yourself “what’s the next step?”. Today there are a multitude of egg donor agencies, and some fertility clinics have their own egg donor programs. In fact, there are so many egg donor agencies, that there are third party agencies who help you connect with the agencies, to choose a donor, wow. So how do you choose the best egg donor agency for your unique journey? Let’s explore qualifications below that will separate the best from the rest.

Candidate Options

First and foremost, you will want to discuss with your partner or decide for yourself what you are looking for in a donor. Whether your priorities are academics, features, blood type, health history, etc. it is best that you know what you are looking for, prior to beginning your agency search, to save yourself time and narrow down your choices. Once you have a good sense of what you desire in a donor, you can work on what you desire in an agency. An agency that has a diverse pool of candidates will be the best egg donor agency for you. Why? You want to be confident that they will have a donor that matches your qualifications, and hopefully will have more than one to choose from. For example, maybe you are looking for a donor of Norwegian descent, who has obtained a master’s degree. The chances that all donors with Norwegian descent will also have a master’s degree is slim, so you want an agency that will have multiple profiles for you to review and choose from.

Screening

A rigorous egg donor screening process is also highly recommended. Be sure to ask about the agencies family health questionnaire used for their donors. It should cover the health history of the donor, her parents, siblings, and grandparents. You should also be sure that the agency has confirmed identity and performed a criminal background check on the donor. Do not expect the genetic screening results to be readily available, as this is testing that is performed by the clinic, at the time of the donor’s medical screening.

Pricing

Pricing. The best egg donor agency for you, should be transparent with their pricing models. If they are hesitant to share their pricing with you, this is a red flag. If their pricing model is too good to be true, it is. Call around to get quotes before committing to one agency, this process will allow you to compare and see what the average cost should be and what is industry standard. (States and countries may vary). Doing so will also ensure that you do not settle with an agency that has quoted you a price much higher than industry standard. Once you do find an agency that you are interested in, ask to see a cost sheet with an itemized list of how the funds are allocated.
Financing is another important factor in choosing the best egg donor agency for your journey. Explore the company’s website to see if they offer financing and reach out via email or phone for further clarification.

Matching

When it comes to matching, be sure to inquire about the agencies matching procedure. Typically, an agency will offer unlimited matching until you have chosen a donor and cleared legal with them. For instance, if you have a donor who has matched with you, and she does not pass her medical screening, the agency may wave their rematch fee and find you another donor to match with. However, if you choose to cancel the match for reasons unrelated to the health of the donor and the donor is not at fault for poor conduct or information omission, you may be charged a rematch fee. Once again, transparency is vital. Discuss all the possible outcomes before signing.

Choosing the best egg donor agency for your unique journey can be time consuming and challenging, but the reward is worth the work and the wait. The information highlighted above can be used as a guideline for seeking out an egg donor agency that will meet your unique needs.