Egg donation is a selfless way to help couples achieve their dreams of becoming parents. By donating eggs you are forever changing someone else’s life – by giving them a gift of family.
Becoming an Egg Donor
Being an egg donor can be one of the most rewarding experiences as you are giving couples the ability to have a family. In the event that a woman is unable to become pregnant with her own eggs, egg donation provides a way for her to become pregnant and have a child that is genetically related to a male partner. While there are requirements in place to ensure women are a good fit for egg donation, the process is relatively easy for egg donors.
To start, every potential donor must meet the following criteria:
- Be between 18 and 28 years of age – Jewish donors may be up to 30 years of age
- Be authorized to live and work in the United States
- Have a high school diploma – college degree or coursework is preferred
- Be a non-smoker and free from drug use
- Be a healthy weight for your height
- Have no history of sexually transmitted diseases, even if those issues were treated successfully and eliminated.
- Be willing to administer fertility medication and prescribed
In addition to the above, each potential donor must pass medical and psychological evaluations in order to verify that they are well suited for the donor program.
When eggs are harvested to be stored rather than used for a fresh transfer, there is no need to align cycles. Therefore, women are typically able to donate during their first cycle following approval. Typically, a donation cycle takes between two and three weeks from the first day of their menstrual period.
During the cycle, donors are regularly monitored with blood work and ultrasound. This is both to monitor progress and to ensure that each donor receives the support they require. Donors are prescribed oral and injectable fertility medication in order to promote the growth of a large number of eggs. Once mature, eggs are retrieved under local anesthetic during an outpatient procedure.
Receive additional information on egg donation by contacting the fertility care team at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.