Egg Donors Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the egg donation process?
The timeline varies depending on different circumstances such as the egg donation arrangements and whether if the intended parents require a gestational surrogate. Although the donation lasts only 3-4 weeks, the whole process can typically be 3-4 months or longer.
2. Can donating affect my own fertility?
Women typical has a pool of about 400,000 follicles by time of puberty and only about 400 of them will reach maturity and be ovulated. The hormones administered in the donation process actually helps stimulate unused eggs that would otherwise be destroy so egg donation does not deplete your follicles reserves and you will be able to have children after donation.
3. Can I donate more than once?
Giving Tree Surrogacy will only allow a woman up to donations. If you decide to participate again after the first donation, the process will be much efficient and less time consuming since you will have already completed the screening.
4. How much money can egg donors receive?
With each egg donation cycle, you can expect to earn between $7000 and $15000, which varies based on a number of considerations, which will be discussed during consultation.The generous compensation allows a door of possibilities where you can continue educational goals, assist with auto and home payments, travel abroad, or just put toward your own goals and dreams for both the near and distant future.
5.Who is responsible for paying the bills?
An egg donor will not have to worry about any expenses as your intended parent is responsible for all egg donor costs and expenses incurred as a result of an egg donation cycle, including medical expenses, insurance, attorney fees, and travel expenses.
6. Is egg donation compensation taxable income?
Yes. Amounts payable to a donor does represents taxable compensation income under U.S tax law. Giving Tree Surrogacy will issue 1099s to all egg donors.
7. Is medical insurance required for the process?
It is recommended to have medical insurance, but you can still be an egg donor without one because the prospective parents you are matched with will purchased complications insurance for you.
8. How I will be emotionally affected from egg donation process?
Emotional experiences will vary from person to person. The psychologic and medical screenings we employed will help determine if you are ready for donation. During the fertility medication cycle, you can expect moodiness. However, most of egg donors express extreme pride, satisfaction, and joy after the giving process. Feel free to ask your coordinate if you have any concerns or questions during the process.
9. How do I sign up for egg donation with Giving Tree Surrogacy?
For potential donors, the basic egg donation requirements are:
Between 21-31 years of age
Have regular monthly periods
No reproductive disorders or abnormalities
Have both ovaries
Physically and emotionally healthy
Have a BMI between 19-29
No history of substance abuse
Not using contraceptive implants or Depo-Provera injections as a form of birth control
Willing to undergo medical and psychological evaluation
Willing to take injectable medication
Willing to commit to the process for minimum of 6 months
Dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments
If interested, you can fill out an application HERE
10. Why there are age limits on being an egg donor?
At Giving Tree Surrogacy, we want to ensure the mental, physical health of our donors and the quality of the eggs. We require donors to be at least 21 to better protect their own reproductive health and to ensure they are mature enough to understand the emotional issues they can encounter during the process. The maximum age is set at 31 years to ensure the quality of the eggs are of the best quality so they can give the intended parents the highest conception chance.
11. I am on birth control, can I still be an Egg Donor?
Definitely. If you are currently using birth control pills, the patch, and the nuya ring, you will be eligible to become an egg donor. If you have IUD, you will become eligible to apply once you have it removed upon matching with intended parents.
However, if you are using Implanon or Depo- Provera for birth control, you will be required to switch to one of the acceptable forms mentioned above and have been using that method at least 3 menstrual cycles before being eligible. We highly recommended you consult with your doctor if switching.
12. Can I donate eggs if my tubes are tied?
Absolutely. It is irrelevant to egg donation process since the aspiration of eggs occurs before the eggs are released by the body.
13. Should I have my family’s support to be an egg donor?
Deciding to be an egg donor is a major decision that should require you to have your love ones’ emotional and physical support. Giving Tree Surrogacy strongly recommends you consult with your love ones to acquire their consent and support before applying.
14. How many types of egg donation are there and what are the differences?
There are 3 primary types of donation. Known, Semi-Known, and Anonymous Donation.
Known Donation is when all parties wish to communicate or/ and meet to familiarize with one another. Semi- Known is when you decide how much information you wish to share and exchange. Anonymous Donation is when there is no contact/ communication with the intended parents. The matching for each process is the same and you are able to review a profile for the intended parents, as they are able to view yours. The amount of information displayed in the profile is linked to which type of donation is chosen.
Most donor matches are anonymous. Regardless of which type you choose, we will work to maintain everyone’s privacy to the extent they wish while also working with those who are interested in a more open arrangement.
15. How will I be matched?
At Giving Tree Surrogacy, we believe egg donors should be able to decide whom to help. When a prospective parent express interest in working with you, we will send you a profile for you to review. In cases of known donation, a communication or meeting can also be arranged.
16. What type of medications are administered?
Medications will be given to help coordinate cycles, suppress ovulation, and stimulate follicles and so on. A physician will determine what medications will be given.The most common include birth control pills, Ganirelix, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal –F, HCG, and so on. These medications taken for fertility treatment and egg donation are used throughout the world and has undergo rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety by the FDA in U.S.
17. What about the retrieval process? Is surgery required?
No surgery is required since eggs are retrieved vaginally. The retrieval is done vaginally under a mild intravenous sedation. You should be in the clinic for about three hours and the procedure takes about 20 – 30 minutes, with 30 minutes to an hour rest afterwards. You might experience some fatigue, and/or some mild to moderate abdominal cramping afterwards.
18. Will I experience pain while donating?
The retrieval process is performed under sedation so you feel no pain. You can expect some fatigue, and mild to moderate cramping and bloating following the procedure. The medical personnel can answer all questions regarding discomfort and often rest and Tylenol intake are sufficient for the process.
19. Will traveling be required?
If you wish to be matched in another city or state outside of Los Angeles, you should plan to travel at least a few times such as during physician consult at the beginning of the process and during the medication cycle for blood test and ultrasound. The final traveling will be the egg retrieval process. All traveling expenses such as airfare, hotel, are covered by the intended parents.