Who can be a donor?
  • Women 21 to 33 years old
  • Non-Smokers
  • Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Physically Healthy
  • Be willing to administer medications by injection
  • Dependable and able to keep appointments
What are the health risks of donating?
  • There is no research proving any link between egg donation and infertility, cancer, or any other significant long-term health problems.
  • As with all medical procedures, there can be side effects and risks, including:
    • Mild to moderate discomfort from blood screenings, fertility injections and the egg retrieval process.
    • Fertility medications may cause weight gain, mood changes and headaches.
    • Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) of the ovaries, which can cause bloating and stomach pain, and in rare cases, could lead to enlarged ovaries. In almost all instances, OHSS is a preventable occurrence.
  • Severe side effects are rare and will be discussed with you by a doctor before you join the program.
How will the donation process affect my everyday life?

Although you will need to follow your medication and appointment schedules, you should be able to continue your daily routine of work, school and family obligations.

  • Starting from the initial screening and tests, the process may take up to three months.
  • The initial 3 to 4 weeks will be required for screening tests (physical exam, blood tests and psychological evaluation).
  • During the donation cycle, you will be given medications for three, possibly four, weeks, and you will make several visits to the hospital for blood tests and ultrasounds.
  • You will be required to take daily injections, but most women easily do this themselves, or with the help of another, in the comfort of their own home.
  • Egg donors must refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using illegal drugs.
  • You will not be able to use any prescription or non-prescription drugs without permission.
  • If you are in a sexual relationship, you must use condoms before and during the course of your donation.
Who will use my eggs?

Some women may not be able to conceive a child using their own oocytes (eggs). The reasons vary, but may include:

  • Premature menopause (premature ovarian failure)
  • Poor egg quality
  • Absence of the ovaries from birth
  • Previous chemotherapy
  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Genetic issues
Will the recipient of my eggs know who I am?

CDEB, in conjunction with the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, takes every precaution possible to maintain your confidentiality and that of the recipient.

  • All information about you will be kept as a confidential part of your medical record.
  • No information about you will be disclosed without your written consent.
Are egg donors paid?

You are compensated for your generosity, time and commitment. Compensation varies from $7,500 to $10,000 for a completed egg donation cycle. Actual compensation will be discussed at consultation with staff.

Who will pay my medical expenses?

All medical screening, tests, and medications, medical insurance during your retrieval, as well as the egg retrieval process, are performed at no cost to you.

Can I donate more than once?

In most cases, yes. Since you may not need to repeat the screening process, another donation may require less of a time commitment.

It should be noted that the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has established a guideline recommending that women donate no more than six times in a lifetime.

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