Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does it work?
A. A donor over a course of approximately 3weeks will self-inject hormones to stimulate her ovarian production. Our physicians closely monitor the donor throughout this process. Once her eggs are "ready", she is scheduled for a procedure to remove them from her ovaries. This procedure is done under sedation in an outpatient setting. Most donors return to school or work the next day.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. During the stimulation phase, a donor might experience PMS-like symptoms, some minor irritability and bloating. The procedure is done under sedation so a donor will not experience pain during the procedure. After the procedure, a donor will usually feel groggy from the sedative and may experience some spotty bleeding and / or cramping. This typically goes away after a few hours.
Q. What are the risks?
A. The primary risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome, in which the ovaries become excessively enlarged. This is relatively rare (1-3% of IVF cases). Careful monitoring is done by your physician to avoid this possibility. Symptoms often include weight gain and a feeling of extreme bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists, you will most likely be given antibiotics to avoid this.
Q. How long will it take?
A. The process is quite short once a donor is in cycle. The process takes approximately 2 months from selection to the retrieval procedure. However, before beginning this process, a donor must be "selected" by an infertile couple or individual and this can sometimes take several months.
Q. Will my future fertility be affected?
A. No. The medications nor the procedure compromise the possibility of becoming pregnant in the future, unless infection occurs which is extremely rare. Our doctors take every precaution to ensure your health, comfort, and safety throughout the process.
Q. Will I meet the parents or the baby?
A. No. The egg donation arrangement is a confidential one.
Most donors never meet their recipients. All information regarding
all parties is kept confidential.
Q. Will I miss a lot of school or work?
A. Hopefully not. Most appointments are scheduled for early in the morning so a donor will have as little disruption to her schedule as possible. However, the procedure will require an entire day free. It is very important that you recognize the level of responsibility required in making and keeping these appointments, and in doing so, be very honest with yourself as to whether or not donation would be possible for you and your school, work, and personal schedule.
Q. How much am I paid?
A. Donor fees vary by region and prior donation experience. During your consultation with our staff, your fee will be discussed with you. Donors are paid their full fee upon completion of the cycle.