Common Questions Asked by Egg Donor Candidates
Even if you’ve heard of egg donation or perhaps know of someone who was an egg donor, you are likely to have some questions about the egg donation process. There are a lot of voices out in the world, especially now, talking about egg donation. Additionally, the fertility industry is marked by a revolving door of remarkable medical advances, so it can be difficult to “keep up” and stay informed, particularly if you’re looking in on the fertility community from the outside. As such, it’s crucial for anyone who is considering becoming an egg donor to listen to high-quality sources.
We at West Coast Egg Donation understand all of this and work to ensure that prospective egg donors have the information they need to move through the application process with confidence. In order to help clarify some common thoughts and concerns, we’ve outlined some of the questions we tend to receive from egg donor candidates, and the answers.
1. Will it hurt to donate my eggs?
Most women report some discomfort, similar to cramping, in the hours and first day or so after the egg retrieval procedure. This can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication, rest, and heat application. Bloating is also a common symptom, but it will also typically resolve within a day or two. It’s very rare for any symptoms to last beyond one to two days or be severe. However, in these rare events, medical attention may be required.
2. Will donating my eggs hurt my fertility?
No, egg donation does not hurt your fertility. Women who donate their eggs can go on to become pregnant and grow their families. -
3. Are egg donors paid?
Yes, egg donors are compensated for their time, effort, and donation. In our donation program, donors receive a minimum of $8,000 for their first donation. Experienced donors (those who have donated before) or high-demand donors can receive higher compensation.
4. Do I have to pay anything?
No, egg donors are not asked or expected to cover any fees or expenses relevant to the donation cycle.
5. How long does it take to donate?
On average, a donation cycle lasts for about three months. It begins when you are selected by an intended parent/recipient and concludes after the retrieval procedure has taken place.
6. Can I donate anonymously?
Yes, egg donors in our program generally donate their eggs anonymously. We are dedicated to protecting the identity of any egg donor who does not wish to disclose this information. If you do choose to be a known egg donor, then this will need to be agreed upon by all parties (you and the intended parents).
If you’re ready to apply to our egg donor program, please visit our online application.