Frequently Asked Questions
Learn the Basics of Becoming an Egg Donor
Q. How long is a typical egg donation cycle?
A. From the day you are chosen by a recipient, to the day of your egg retrieval is approximately 3 months. The calendar for egg donation cycles also depends on your availability and the timing of your menstrual cycle. However, before beginning this process, a donor must be "selected" by a recipient or recipient couple, and this can sometimes take several months.
Q. Does it hurt to donate eggs?
A. During the stimulation phase, a donor might experience some bloating and irritability. The egg retrieval is done under sedation so a donor will not experience pain during the procedure. After the procedure, a donor will generally feel tired from the sedation and she may experience some bleeding and / or cramping. This usually goes away by the next day but can last up to a week or longer.
Q. What are the risks?
A. The primary risk is a condition called OHSS (Ovarian Hyper-stimulation Syndrome). OHSS is very rare due to the careful monitoring that is done by your physician. Symptoms include weight gain and a feeling of extreme bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists. You will likely be given antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection. Donors are advised to review the risks with their physician.
Q. How many times can I donate?
A. Most donors donate more than once. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends no more than 6 donations in a donor's lifetime.
Q. How long do I need to wait in between donation cycles?
A. Typically, an IVF physician will request that a donor have two regular periods between donation cycles.
Q. Will I have to travel?
A. Travel will depend upon where you live, and where the recipient’s IVF center is located. Many intended parent(s) are working with doctors in Southern California. If you live outside of Southern California, you will likely need to travel. If you are not willing to travel and live outside of Southern California this may impact the time that it takes for you to be matched. All travel arrangements will be made by WCED at no cost to the donor.
Q. Will I meet the parent(s)?
A. Most donations are anonymous. The decision to make a donation “open” requires both parties to agree. We will help facilitate a phone call or meeting in this situation.
Q. Will I Be Compensated?
A. Egg donors are compensated for their gift. Our donors receive $8,000+ for their first donation. Experienced and high demand donors will be compensated an additional amount. Please call our office for more information; 949-433-2315.