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How to Become an Egg Donor

Help Others Conceive By Donating Your Eggs

Are you interested in donating your eggs? Egg donation is a beautiful way to help women or men who have trouble conceiving. Through your egg donor, you make it possible for others to achieve their dream of having a family. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, we greatly admire and respect young women who make this important contribution to others. While it may seem like a complicated process to donate your eggs, our fertility specialist will guide you through the process and alleviate any of your concerns.

Donors and birth parents prefer to work with Palm Beach Fertility Center for many reasons:

  • We offer the most advanced treatment services
  • Highest standards of patient care and support
  • Cutting-edge treatment and state-of-the-art labs
  • Expert embryologists and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) technicians

Am I Eligible to Donate My Eggs?

Palm Beach Fertility Center conducts a thorough screening process of all prospective egg donors before they are eligible to donate and be compensated. These guidelines are standardized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees all donor tissue programs, including egg donation.

Women who choose to donate their eggs are carefully screened for the following:

  • Age: Donors must be between 21 and 31 years old.
  • Health: The donor must have good physical and mental health and no family history of inheritable genetic disorders. Donors must be willing to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation. Women who are eligible for egg donation must have both ovaries and have regular menstrual cycles.
  • Weight: Because being under-or overweight can affect egg quality, donors must have a body mass index (BMI) in a normal/healthy weight range.
  • No history of drug use: Donors are given urine toxicology tests to ensure they are drug-free. Donors must be nonsmokers.
  • Availability: Women donating eggs must be available for 5 to 10 appointments at the Palm Beach Fertility Center.

What Is the Egg Donation Process?

Egg Donor Matching

When a couple or individual decides to use donor eggs they must first register on our website to view the donor pool. Once a potential donor is selected, our IVF coordinator will contact that donor to check her availability for the desired time frame. If the donor is available they will then undergo mandatory FDA testing. After this process has been completed successfully the donor match is made official.

Suppression and Ovarian Stimulation for the Donor

In order to synchronize the cycles of the egg donor and the recipient, the egg donor will self-administer daily injections of Lupron to suppress her natural cycle. She will then administer injections of gonadotropin to stimulate her ovaries. This will encourage more than one egg to mature for the retrieval process. Egg donors are closely monitored during this stage to ensure that their ovaries do not go into hyperstimulation.

Endometrial Lining Development for the Recipient

During the time period that the egg donor is developing eggs for retrieval the recipient will prepare her uterus for the embryo transfer, as it is important for the endometrial lining to have a thickness of at least 7 mm for proper implantation. To create this favorable uterine environment the egg recipient will undergo hormone therapy. This typically includes estrogen, progesterone and other hormone supplements.

Triggering Ovulation and Egg Retrieval for the Donor

Once the donor’s eggs have developed sufficiently the donor will be given an injection of hCG to trigger ovulation. After several days her eggs will be ready to be retrieved. This procedure takes place at our clinic and requires mild sedation. After the procedure the donor will be instructed to rest for the remainder of the day.

Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

Viable eggs that have been retrieved from the donor are fertilized with their partner’s or a donor’s sperm. The resultant embryos are then incubated and graded. After a period of 3-5 days they are then transferred to the recipient’s uterus.

Donor Post-Retrieval Checkup

In order to assure that the donor is recovering well from the ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval she will be required to return to our center for a post-retrieval checkup. The usual recovery time for donors is one to two days, but occasionally the recovery takes longer. Our clinical team closely monitors every egg donor’s progress until they are fully recovered. The entire egg donation process from start to finish is three to five weeks for most donors.

Recipient Pregnancy Test

Two weeks after the embryo transfer the recipient will undergo a blood test that measures hCG levels to determine if there is a pregnancy. After two blood tests showing elevated levels of hCG and an ultrasound indicating pregnancy, the recipients are then discharged from our center to the care of their obstetricians for prenatal care.

What Is the Compensation for Egg Donation?

The compensation for egg donation is $6,000 per donation. The actual amount the donor receives is dependent on a variety of factors that make her a desirable egg donor, as per the qualification criteria. The patient is paid for her donation after the egg retrieval procedure.

Ready to help someone who has yet to experience the miraculous gift of life? Contact Palm Beach Fertility at (888) 819-5177.

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