Donor FAQs

How much will I get paid?

Compensation for each egg donation cycle is the current and customary fee (currently $8,000 for first cycle) plus expenses of travel, and donor complication medical insurance coverage. Usually you receive a higher fee if you are of a unique ethnicity, have an advanced degree or other special traits.  Repeat donors are paid an additional $500 for each subsequent cycle. Fees are paid after submission of the expense chart.

What are the covered expenses?

Covered expenses include travel costs (mileage, bridge tolls, parking, air fare), childcare costs, if needed, to keep appointments, and notary/fax/postal fees. Receipts must be attached to the expense report which should be sent within 10 business days from the date of the final procedure.

How many times may I donate?

The In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) physician must recommend that you are medically suitable to start each subsequent egg donation cycle. You may donate a total of six (6) times and sometimes additional cycles because of the donor’s unique traits/ethnicity, or to create sibling embryos.

What are the side effects from the medication?

Donors have said that they feel PMS like symptoms. Donors (or their friends) typically complain of moodiness, stomach bloating, breast tenderness, and tiredness.

What are the risks?

There is little risk associated with egg donation procedures. Tens of thousands of cycles have been performed around the world, and to date results of studies have found that are no long-term detrimental effects.  There is small risk (1 in 100) of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), when ovaries become over stimulated and ovarian follicles enlarge with fluid. Medical treatment is provided if there is significant abdominal distention. Infections are almost nonexistent, (about 1 in 1000) because all IVF physicians prescribe a preventive dose of antibiotics.

Do I need to have health insurance?

If you don’t have health insurance, the Intended Parents shall pay for complication medical insurance to cover the cost of medical treatment for any adverse reactions to egg donation procedures or medication. This insurance covers a period of time when any treatable side effects might occur.

Do any of these procedures hurt?

To help your ovaries produce multiple eggs, you self-inject hormones with a short, narrow needle, similar to a diabetic sized needle. Most donors report little to no discomfort at the injection sites.

During the retrieval, you do not feel the needle prick of the ovarian follicles because you are in a twilight sleep from the analgesic agent. Some donors have complained of mild cramping and abdominal distention for a few days post-retrieval. All uncomfortable side effects are resolved with the first menstrual period after the retrieval.

If I donate, can I get pregnant in the future?

All research shows that there is no decrease in a donor’s ability to get pregnant after completing a normal retrieval.

Can I donate if I’ve have had an abortion?

Yes, an abortion does not eliminate you as a candidate. In fact, it proves your fertility and the retrieval procedure is quite similar to the surgical abortion procedure.

Will donating affect my lifestyle? If so, how?

Only small changes may need to be made to your current lifestyle, such as no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, and abstaining from sexual intercourse during the stimulation. You have to take medications as prescribed at certain hours and you may have to take time off from work to keep time sensitive appointments and for the day of the retrieval.

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Disclaimer – Please Read Jackie Gorton, Nurse Attorney and her staff are not medical providers and therefore recommend discussing all potential risks and side effects with the IVF physician in charge of your retrieval. We provide educational information and this should not replace any information received from the IVF physician. It is very important to ask any and all questions of the medical provider.