Qualifications of an Egg Donor
West Coast Egg Donation conducts an intensive and thorough screening process before a woman is able to join our egg donor program. These egg donor requirements are necessary to ensure a positive experience and a healthy baby, but are also part of the guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA oversees all donor tissue programs (including donor eggs) and requires us to ask very specific questions about your health history, sexual history, and other health related activities as part of the egg donor qualification process.
Zika virus note:
Women interested in becoming egg donors are strongly advised not to travel to affected areas as doing so will disqualify you for a six-month period from the date of your return to the United States.
To learn more, read the FDA's News Release.
To Qualify as an Egg Donor Candidate, you must:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 29 years old
- Be in good health, physically and emotionally
- Have a BMI between 19 and 25 (being overweight or underweight can affect egg quality)
- Have not smoked cigarettes in the past 12 months
- Have regular monthly menstrual cycles
- Not currently on Depo-Provera, Norplant, Nexplanon, or any brand of a hormonal IUD
- Have not travelled to a country or countries affected by the Zika virus in the last 6 months
- Be willing to undergo a medical and psychological evaluation
- Be willing to take injectable medication
- Be free from sexually transmitted diseases within the last year
- Have no history of drug use (urine toxicology tests will be completed during the egg donor screening process)
- Be available for approximately 5 -10 appointments (you may need to travel for 5 to 8 days if your IVF center is very far from your
- home or out of state)
- Refrain from getting any tattoos or body piercings within the six months prior to initiating an egg donation and while undergoing
- an egg donation cycle
Be willing to commit to being listed with the agency as an Available Donor for a minimum of six months
We require that egg donors complete no more than six donations in their lifetime, which is in adherence with egg donation
guidelines set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
West Coast Egg Donation is looking for women who truly want to help others fulfill their wish of becoming parents. The
commitment required of you will be matched by WCED’s consistent support, clear direction and helpful coordination of care. Our
egg donors remain anonymous unless both parties—donor and intended parent(s)—agree otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times can I donate my eggs?
In order to ensure the health and safety of egg donors, as well as limiting the number of children coming from one woman, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) guidelines for egg donation recommends that women only donate up to six times in their lifetime.
What disqualifies a potential egg donor?
Potential candidates can be disqualified from being an egg donor for several reasons, including lifestyle habits (e.g. smoking, history of drug use), health concerns (irregular periods, obesity, genetic disorders, etc.), usage of certain types of contraception (e.g. Depo-Provera), and the inability to commit to scheduling appointments.
Is there an age limit for egg donation?
Although many agencies differ on the exact age limitation for egg donation, the general consensus is that egg donors should be no older than 29. These age restrictions are in place because egg quality and quantity diminish as women reach their mid to late 30s. To give intended parents the best possible chance of having a successful pregnancy, it’s important that only healthy, viable eggs are used.
Learn More About Egg Donor Requirements:
To learn more about the qualifications to donate eggs, becoming an egg donor or to start the process today, fill out our egg donor registration form.