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Why You Should Consider Donating Eggs

Why You Should Consider Donating Eggs 

Donating eggs is a great way to help someone else achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.  Often, women have questions about the egg donation process but don’t know where to start.  The questions and answers below can help you decide if you should consider egg donation. 

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What are the requirements to be an egg donor?

Both the intended parents and donor are thoroughly screened to make sure they are a fit for our program.  For women who are donating, they must fit the criteria below:

  • Aged between 18 and 28 (the age limit is up to 30 for Jewish donors)
  • Legally able to reside and work in the United States
  • Have a High School Diploma or G.E.D., college coursework or diploma is preferred
  • Be a non-smoker
  • No history of drug use
  • Be in good health and not over or under weight
  • Have no history of sexually transmitted diseases, including STDs that were treated successfully
  • Not currently using medication to control mood (antidepressants, tranquilizers, mood stabilizers)
  • Have not had tattoos or acupuncture in the past 12 months
  • No history of genetic diseases
  • Committed to following all of the requirements including self-injecting fertility medication as prescribed.
  • Have a pleasing appearance
  • Pass a psychological and genetic screening process.

Once a potential donor passes the initial screening, a more thorough medical screening is done to ensure your body is able to respond as needed to the fertility medication.

Are women compensated for donating eggs?

Yes, women are compensated $8,000 for egg donation.  This income is taxable and will be reported to the IRS.   In the event the cycle must be cancelled prior to egg retrieval, you would be compensated a reduced amount.

What happens during the donation cycle?

Once all of the tests are successfully completed, our staff will prepare you to begin the donation cycle.  During the cycle, you will be required to give yourself injections of fertility medications.  You will be instructed on how to administer the injections which are all given below the skin. 

We will monitor the progress of your cycle through blood work and ultrasound. Once your follicles have reached the desired maturity, you will administer a medication allowing us to time ovulation and schedule the retrieval.

During the retrieval, the eggs are removed with a needle while you are under anesthesia.  The process takes approximately 30 minutes.  After there will be a follow up to ensure you are healing properly.

Donating eggs is a selfless way to help people who are ready to start a family but unable to do so on their own.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

 

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