Become an Egg Donor with Fertility Solutions™
What is Egg (Oocyte) donation?
Egg donation is a process in which a healthy female agrees to anonymously donate her eggs to a woman who is unable to use her own eggs to create a pregnancy. There are many reasons why a woman may need to use donor eggs- she may have a genetic disorder that she does not wish to pass on to her offspring, the quality of her eggs may not be sufficient to create a pregnancy, she may have had a medical condition that caused her ovaries to be removed or stop working from the medications and/or treatment of certain cancers and medical conditions.
Egg donors’ main motivation should be their desire to help someone experience the amazing gift of pregnancy and motherhood. Egg donors are financially compensated between $4,000 and $7000 for their time and effort, and all medical testing and procedures are done free of charge to the donor. Fertility Solutions is a fertility clinic, not an egg donation agency, which limits the costs for the recipient and ensures that the donor will not have to travel further than MA/RI for consultations, testing and procedures.
How to Get Started
Download and complete the donor questionnaire, and return to:
45 Stergis Way
Dedham, Massachusetts 02026
Attn: EDP, Nurse Coordinator
To contact the office for questions or to return your paperwork via fax, use the contact numbers listed below.
Tel. (781) 329-2451
Fax. (781) 329-2684
Once your questionnaires are reviewed by the nurse, you will receive a call to schedule screening testing and appointments. Be sure to include your full name and telephone number on each page of your completed questionnaires.
Who Can Donate?
Healthy women, age 21-30, who have a desire to help others. Specific criteria are listed below. If you have had a tubal ligation (tubes tied), have had children or a prior miscarriage, you may still be able to donate. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends that the maximum number of times a person can donate should not exceed 6 cycles.
Fertility Solutions Egg Donor Criteria:
- Egg Donors must be between the ages of 21 and 30 and in good health.
- Egg Donors must have obtained a High school diploma or GED. Higher education is preferable.
- Egg Donors must be non-smokers and drug-free. Egg Donors must have abstained from smoking for at least six months prior to egg donation (smoking reduces the quality of eggs) and may not have a history of drug use. Urine screening tests are performed during the Egg Donor screening process to confirm the absence of drugs and/or nicotine.
- Egg Donors' Body Mass Index must be between 18 and 29 because overweight/underweight persons’ health and egg quality are negatively affected by an unhealthy body weight.
- Egg Donors cannot have obtained any tattoos, body piercings or blood transfusions within the past 6-12 months prior to initiating an egg donation. Egg Donors may not obtain any new tattoos or body piercing while undergoing an egg donation cycle, due to the risk of acquiring an infectious disease after the initial screening.
- It is preferable, but not required, that the egg donor already has a child (or children).
- It is critical that the egg donor be reliable and trustworthy, complete adherence to taking the medications and showing up for appointments is paramount.
Egg Donation Cycle Overview:
Once the appropriate paperwork is completed by the potential Egg Donor, there is the period of time required to find a match. This can take a few days to a few months. Once an egg donor is selected by a person or couple, a medical and psychological screening must be completed before the donation cycle begins. Medical screening includes blood testing of the donor and partner (if applicable) for the presence of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV. Cervical cultures, a physical exam, and a vaginal ultrasound may also be performed. This screening is done to confirm that the Egg Donor is healthy and able to donate. Additionally, a blood test is required on the second or third day of the Egg Donor’s menses to assess hormonal levels which can help determine how well the ovaries are working, and if they will respond well to the medications to produce enough eggs to donate.
The actual egg donation cycle lasts about 3 weeks. During your screening and the actual cycle, you may go to work and maintain most of your regular routine, but you will be required to attend a number of doctor's appointments. The egg retrieval procedure will require a day off from work/activities and require that someone stay with you for 24 hours following the procedure.
The donor cycle typically begins with the administration of birth control pills and/or a drug called Lupron, which temporarily suppresses the cycle. Then, follicle-stimulating hormones are used to increase the number of mature eggs produced in the cycle. Although the injections may be administered at home, this stage requires monitoring (through blood tests and ultrasound exams) in the doctor's office. These monitoring appointments typically occur first thing in the morning, and take about 20 minutes. About 4-6 monitoring appointments will be required.
Once the doctor determines follicular (egg) maturity, the egg retrieval procedure is scheduled. A final injection of hCG is given and then the retrieval takes place about 36 hours later. Egg retrieval occurs in Fertility Solutions state-of-the-art operating room, using light anesthesia. A thin needle is used for vaginal removal of the follicles (eggs).
The procedure takes about a half hour. A full day of rest is required after the retrieval and you must have someone drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours following the procedure.
No procedure or medication is without risk. Side effects of the medications may cause bloating, cramping, fatigue and mood changes. It is important that you discuss your side effects with your doctor as they occur. Your doctor will inform you, prior to the cycle start, of the risks and side effects associated with Egg Donation. A psychologist will discuss with you the psychological implications of egg donation prior to donating. Serious side effects are very rare, and long-term effects of egg donation have not been discovered. While on the fertility medications Egg Donors become very fertile and run the risk of a multiple pregnancy if they have intercourse. Abstinence must be followed during the 2 weeks of hormone administration, up until two days post egg retrieval.