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How to Donate Eggs for Money

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So You Want to Donate Eggs for Money

Many people have heard about egg donation, but not everyone understands the process it takes to harvest them. Perhaps you saw an advertisement on Craigslist looking for egg donors and want to learn more.

A lot of young college students decide to donate when they find out they can make up to $7000 or more when they donate eggs. While that's a lot of money, keep in mind that there's a reason you're getting paid so much money! This is a complicated process that will take up a fair amount of your time. On top of that, there are some personal issues you should consider before you make the decision to donate your eggs.

I will attempt to explain these aspects of egg donation in this article:

  • Before you start donating eggs
  • Personal issues to consider
  • How the egg donation process works
  • How to avoid donation scams

Before You Start Donating Eggs

Smart people should always hear alarm bells when someone offers them thousands of dollars for what seems like very little work. Egg donation is one of those rare instances where there truly is a market for something that's relatively easy.

The amount of money you can be paid typically ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. There is a fairly diverse market for eggs. Here are some things you should know:

  • Most women are allowed to place their information in a book for prospective parents, though this doesn't necessarily mean you'll be selected.
  • Men can generally only donate sperm if they're close to 6 feet tall and have a college education.
  • Being attractive and well-educated will certainly help your prospects for selection, but many couples simply look for an egg donor that shares physical similarities with themselves.

As we'll discuss later, you will want to look for an agency that's reputable. Many advertisements promise exorbitant rates (anything over $15k starts to sound fishy). These may actually just be egg brokers looking to lure in interested parties, and then offer something much lower when everything is ready to go. There do seem to be some egg donation offers that are legitimate and higher, but one should always proceed with caution and research first.

Personal Issues to Consider

When making the decision to donate your eggs, it's important to think about the personal issues involved. You're going to be helping somebody have a child that doesn't have the ability to have their own, and most people think that's a wonderful thing. It is, of course. However, you should consider how you'll react knowing that there's a child in the world that is genetically yours. In most states and most situations, you will have no access to the child in the future. Egg donors have no parental rights as far as the state is concerned.

This is a deeply personal matter and you should carefully consider if you are okay with this arrangement. In some limited circumstances, the legal parents of the child will create an agreement where you can contact the child in the future. However, this is definitely not the norm and tends to happen more frequently when you know the couple using your eggs before the donation process begins.

How the Egg Donation Process Works

Here are the steps of the egg donation process:

  1. Find an agency. There are many agencies. Take your time to research them. Keep in mind that most potential parents are willing to pay for travel expenses, so you aren't limited by geography.
  2. Go through the screening process. The agency will put you through a rigorous screening process that is used to build your case, profile, and to sure you're healthy enough to donate as well.
  3. Wait for inquiry. This step may take as little as a few weeks, or it may never come. Prospective parents will have to choose you from all the potential women they look at. But remember, there are many people out there looking for egg donors.
  4. Interview and/or medical checkup. Most prospective parents will want to fly you to their local fertility specialist. Sometimes. they will meet with you. Other times, you'll simply get checked up by the doctor. Expect a pelvic exam, blood draw, and psychological evaluation to make sure you are a fit candidate for the procedure.
  5. Be selected. If everything goes well, the prospective parents will move forward. At this point, you should receive a contract that covers the payment schedule and treatment obligations of the parents. Remember, you should never have to pay out of pocket for any medical or travel expenses incurred through this process.
  6. Begin hormone treatment. At this point, you should have already discussed hormone treatments with the doctors. Now you will receive shipments so you can begin. Typically, these will be sent via FedEx or UPS to your home. The hormones are needed so that you will produce multiple eggs that can be harvested.
  7. Egg harvesting procedure. The most common procedure is called Ultrasound-Guided Aspiration. The procedure has an excellent track record of safety and is also relatively quick.
  8. Get paid. Usually, you will get a small portion of money around the time you begin hormone treatment (it's typical to receive about $1000 at that stage). The remainder will be due once the procedure has been completed. Again, most reputable agencies pay between $4,000 and $10,000 in total.

How to Avoid Donation Scams

Here are some tips on how to avoid getting scammed in the egg donation process:

  • The most important thing to remember is that a legitimate egg donation will involve no money upfront from you.
  • Also, once you're selected you should be signing a legal contract that guarantees all of your legal and travel expenses will be paid for while you are on hormone treatment and when your eggs are harvested.
  • You will want to make sure that you look into whatever agency you choose to work with. Ask for references from former egg donors who have gone through the process.
  • The biggest thing you'll want to look out for is egg brokers. As we discussed earlier, promises of $50,000 for eggs should be taken with a grain of salt and are likely an attempt to compile a database of potential donors. Don't waste your time with brokers since there are many agencies that handle this sort of thing more efficiently.
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Comments

Millie on November 11, 2019:

I'm 39 yrs old with 2 cycles ivf with my ex with low sperm quality behind. My right ovary never responded to the treatment. With my new dh came to the conclusion we'd need more opinions on the point, so did a huge work on self educating on ivf with donor egg which led us overseas. My amh is extremelly low so our new dr and we actually weren't counting on those 3% chance with oe, so went straight to egg donation. I'm not the expert and cannot say whether IVF shot is going to be successful or not. ivf world is so tricky!! I just know one should get more answers/additional checkups/whatever what will give you the right course.

Olivia on November 06, 2019:

Unfortunately, there only a few women in the world who are donating their eggs by their own will and just because of the desire to help others to complete their families. In most cases, women donate their cells for money. Of course, it's not bad as it may help them to earn some money for living-being and help couples to have their babies. In any case it is really good thing and without them we will have less opportunities to fulfill our families.

Harshjhunjhunwala on April 12, 2019:

Thanks sanjeevllc@yahoo.com you supported us a lot by donating huge money.

Thanks sanjeev kumar,pawan kumar and nikhil agarwal

Harsh

kishor on August 04, 2015:

Thanks for the information

Tiffany Martin on April 16, 2015:

Im a happy 34 yr old mother of 3 beautiful children. I am interested in egg donation simply because I believe in the circle of life. I could not imagine not having my children so I do sympathize with the ones who are unable to do so. I live in Spartanburg South Carolina and I pray that I can help someone enjoy the pleasures of motherhood... I am available if you need me locally unless God has led you to find me from somewhere else.. May your journey be blessed...

jenny on March 18, 2015:

Hi am 28yrs and will like to danate my eggs what do i have to do

Amy on January 12, 2015:

Do you have to be in perfect health and a certain age to donate? I've always been a bigger woman and I'm not sure if that'll matter. I would love to donate so that someone can have their dream even if I can't. If you could point me in the right direction, I would be extremely grateful.

Christina jenifer on January 01, 2015:

I want to donate my egg for money. Because of family financial problems. I'm doing my ug 2nd year college. So I got idea to donate egg.

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shoab on October 29, 2014:

Who needs a company wants to sell sperm in Miri O

shade on October 28, 2014:

Need help finding a place near Quincy il to donate my eggs

Ashlee on October 18, 2014:

Are There Any Agency's In Milwaukee WI Or WI In General?

kristinbird18@gmail.com on October 15, 2014:

So if i don't have an education i cant donate that's not fair just cuz i didn't finish school doesn't mean my kid isn't smart and wont finish school i have a 2 year old and im 19

simran bajaj on October 08, 2014:

Add i m intersted soo plsss help me...

Pamela on August 30, 2014:

how to get started in aurora,il

Anonymous on August 22, 2014:

i want to say thanks to ashra spell temple who helped me with a cleanse and pregnancy spell. i have been suffering from pcos since i was 16,after trying for 12years spending thousands of dollars, with no result but after contacting ashra and a cleanse and pregnancy spell was done for me , on the second month i became pregnant and today my baby is 18months old thanks to ashra,,, you can ashra on email : ashraspelltemple@gmail.com,,, everyone ashra is the right one ...

Taylor mock on August 19, 2014:

I'm trying to look for a place in Tennessee that I could donate to and I don't want to be scammed. Where is the best plae to contact?

Jessica on July 22, 2014:

hi I'm 23 and i have two beautiful little girls and i love kids but i don't want no more trying to take care of these two and it's hard so yes i would be very interested in being able to give someone a chance to have great children in there life .

Brandy R.R. on July 09, 2014:

I have given healthy live births to brilliant, wonderful children. I take my shirt off..I get pregnant. All of my kids are blonde blue eyed, very attractive and honor students. I've had 6 and want no more...ill give emyvery last egg that I have left. Which could be a lot..both of my grandmothers had 10 living children a piec my no is 918'849'8021

Suzanne on June 26, 2014:

Hi everyone! I have seen multiple comments ask where to do this. An Angel's Gift www.angeleggdonation.com is a great agency that will help walk through you the entire egg donation process and get you matched up with a set of intended parents.

mani1987 on June 18, 2014:

i want to donate egg for the money in india if there is any agency or direct company who want mail me gityika68@gmail.com

Marquita Doctor on May 01, 2014:

This procedure sounds very interesting and I thought about it but I also have many questions. If decided does hormonal procedure make you act crazy will offset your regular menstrual periods. Can it affect your overall health if your healthy. Can u donate if you're tubes are tied. What are the risk of donating. What happens if the process doesn't go well or things don't turn out as expected does person receiving all the treatment still get something in return just for dedicating there self to the full and complete process and who are trusted donor sites please email me back at forbiddenfruit123486@gmail.com Thanks !!

joyann crum on January 26, 2014:

Hello I'm a 29 years old female I just had a little boy a year ago and its the most beautiful thing that I ever experienced and I would love to see someone feel that same feeling.

Krystal on January 24, 2014:

Can Canadians Donate in the U.S.?

Jenifer on December 04, 2013:

I live in Flagler County Florida and would like to know if anyone knows of any legit and good Egg donation companies that I can talk to. Thank you

tonya on November 01, 2013:

my name is Tonya Sneed I have 5 beautiful babies 2 girls 3 boys all blonde hair blue eyes my genes are strong all of my babies look just like me if you are interested in my ex you can contact me at 904 418-0031.

sanjeevllc@yahoo.com on October 17, 2013:

sir, donate money for charity for needy preson

name sanjeev kumar account number 115001500665

ifse code 0001150

bank- icici bank ranchi

thanks and regards

sanjeev

rory on October 05, 2013:

I am 22 and considering this. I have my sister who is unable to have kids, so if I could help others in this situation, since I can't help my sister, that would please me..

I would also like to make some money on the side. I am not sexually active, so as a virgin, could I donate? In the future, if I donate now, will I be able to have kids of my own when I choose too?

pearl on January 08, 2013:

am an african,over 21 and has been aproached to help my sister by donating my eggs . however am not sexually active and wonder if virgins are eligible to donate as well.

pearl on January 08, 2013:

am an african,over 21 and has been aproached to help my sister by donating my eggs . however am not sexually active and wonder if virgins are eligible to donate as well.

Anonymous on November 18, 2012:

WOMEN ARE BORN WITH BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF EGGS, it is impossible for a woman to "run out" of eggs, unless I suppose her ovaries were removed. Menopause happens when your body gets TOO OLD to support the reproductive system and create children. DUUUH. I have thought about donating a few of my eggs since I am young and most likely an ideal candidate. It wouldn't hurt for extra cash since being a college student is difficult and I eat so much insta-ramen I can barely taste it anymore. haha. But I'll continue my research from here.

Crystal on November 07, 2012:

Healthyu808 I AM in the usa Missouri, and would like to donate several of my eggs. How do I go about this? Can u asssist? Thanks

Healthyu808 on October 29, 2012:

Hello all, I have been an egg donor for years and can answer questions about my personal experiences. I have successfully donated and caused a pregnancy 5 times now. I have strong European genes of Swedish and Norweign decent so on a side note if anyone is looking for a donor feel free to contact me also as I am experienced and am starting my own agency now. Any interested egg donors can email me so I can contact them when the database is up and running. Healthyu808@hotmail.com

lois munson on July 25, 2012:

I'm interesting in donating my eggs, who do u talk to?

jenn on July 10, 2012:

I've looked into a couple clinics but all say only available to US residents. I live in Canada and am a healthy University student, able to travel over the border if necessary. Are there any egg donation service that you know of which would facilitate a Canadian egg donation?

Sara on June 04, 2012:

How do I know the kid won't come looking for me someday, and also what if the kid ends up being with horrible parents and ends up having a crappy life? How will I know that the parents will always be good parents and raise "my" biological child in a good home?

megan on May 22, 2012:

I would like to donate my eggs. Im not wanting to have anymore kids.I got my tubes tied, can I still donate? Im 22 and i would love to help a family that wants children but are not able to conceive.

Jessica nash tenn on May 22, 2012:

Want to donate im having my 2nd child sept 2012 its a boy I have a 4yr girl

kathryn anne on May 21, 2012:

Hello, my name is kathryn and i recently got kicked out of my home and had to turn custody of my 4 month old to his father because of that. But i digress; im 18 years old, i graduated high school a year ago, and my son is in the 96th percentile and he was born at 9.67 lbs (strong genes), i was hoping to locate an agency- a legit agency or couple mind you that would like me to donate my eggs in the st louis/ belleville illinois area.

I have black hair, blue eyes, im roughly 5'4", i weigh about 130 pounds and i wont deny that im pretty stocky in my build. Ive read and have weighed the pros and cons on this. However my uniformed conclusion was that even though he is no longer in my care id still love to provide my lil monkey (my son) a good college education and get into a rental for myself so i could see him more often as well

My email is:: ksilvey81@gmail.com

Sarah on May 18, 2012:

Your comments are thee exact reasoning behind an education of some sort being necessary. My goodness some of you sound slower than molasses ????

Sophie on May 14, 2012:

I do also need to donate eggs. Iam an african. Any one interested can reach me on sophie2222@ymail.com

Egg Doner on May 13, 2012:

Hi. I am knot from colleges and I dontaed eggz b4. I AM VERY FERAL.Bye.

Ari on May 10, 2012:

me and my sister are both looking to donate eggs. we are both in college i', 24 and she is 27. Can anyone point us in the right direction.

JNW on May 02, 2012:

I Live In Mississippi , are there any donor places near me.?

Rebecca on May 02, 2012:

This video is very informative regarding the donation process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygVFtwvik7U

Ashley Hartsell on May 01, 2012:

What if I don't have insurance? Am I still eligible?

McCormack on April 24, 2012:

I am 18, is that too young?

Stephanie Mathis on April 24, 2012:

were can i go to get this done here in Indianapolis? i have a total of four kids and i don't want anymore all i have is asthma, but other than that i am completely healthy.

brittany on April 24, 2012:

Will this affect me having my own child on the future??

jani on April 19, 2012:

you should only do this if you are not going to have more kids, there is a risk it can make you not able to ovulate..

Caitlyn on April 16, 2012:

I live in New York, N.F. I want to donate some eggs, But I do not know where there is a center near me that I can. Someone please help me find one.

joe on April 16, 2012:

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shanae simmer on April 14, 2012:

after donating eggs are you stile fertile?

Bajrang Singh on April 07, 2012:

Kind. attention :- If any one is interested in donating eggs, kindly send us the CV having all the necessary details with a picture info@neelkanthhospital.com.

We are IVF centre located at Gurgaon (Delhi NCR) INDIA.

Or you can reach us at +91 9910700564

SarahMarie on April 05, 2012:

why aren't there any christian companies to donate with? They do adoption all the time why not egg donation?

ashley1988 on March 31, 2012:

i don't understand why you have to have a high school diploma to donate eggs. it shouldn't matter about education if a young woman is willing to donate their eggs to someone who is in fertal so that thay will have a chance to be a mommy, all that should matter is that the doner is clean disease free and in good health they should be allowed to donate.

Sydney on March 30, 2012:

Do you have to have a college degree?

Charlene on March 30, 2012:

If I wasn't afraid of IVs and giving blood, then I would do this. As a college student, I could use the money. Plus, it's nice to help people. If there was a way to knock me out so they could take my blood, then I could do it.

rebecca on March 29, 2012:

29 year old mother of 5 recently had tubal ligation but still have many eggs to donate...I live in canada would love to make a couples dreams come true, as i have been blessed myself..

Carina on March 28, 2012:

I'm 17 with no college degree obviously but I'm willing to sell my eggs if possible(: I'll help give women kids that aren't able to have kids for whatever reason. I'm really interested in the money cause I have a 15 month old baby & I really need the money.

Carina on March 28, 2012:

I'm 17 with no college degree obviously but I'm willing to sell my eggs if possible(: I'll help give women kids that aren't able to have kids for whatever reason. I'm really interested in the money cause I have a 15 month old baby & I really need the money.

May on March 26, 2012:

Is this safe? If somebody donated their eggs, can they still have a baby? Is there any infections after?

Nicolette on March 25, 2012:

Is there any way I can Donate eggs without having a Uterus? I was born without one but I apparently still have healthy eggs

Saleina on March 25, 2012:

Is a woman in Perimenopause able to donate her eggs to a specific couple and are there any risks for the childs health and wellbeing.

Tiffany on March 15, 2012:

Are there any donor places near Clarksville TN?

Bren on March 14, 2012:

I would love to donate eggs! I have 2 wonderful children of my own that are very smart, and I'm happy with them and don't wish to have anymore. I would love to help someone who can't have children out! It would be an amazing thing! I have found a clinic near my home that I plan to contact in the very near future!

stacy on March 11, 2012:

can I still have my own kids if I do this? Do they take all my eggs out of me? This must sound wearied to ask right.

Diana on March 05, 2012:

I am 34 & very interested in helping a family achieve a healthy child. I've had a tubal but still have everything & I have 6 kids of my own. I know I'm very fertile. I just would like something or someone to work with in the middle tennessee area.

Liz on March 01, 2012:

Im 35 years, can I still donate. Can you recommend any center in Nashville TN or Murbreesboro Tn.

Miri on February 20, 2012:

What is considered a healthy weight?

claire on February 18, 2012:

I live in the uk and am interesded in selling my eggs. Can you recommend any centers in western europe who are looking for egg doners

amanda on February 15, 2012:

i live in everett washington and where can i go to donate mine?

carol on February 02, 2012:

I'm 21 years old just had a new born been living with my child's father & he recently kicked me out so lately I been staying where ever I can go staying house to house wit my child & no job this would be a very good head start for me does anyone knows any agencys in Brooklyn new York

ceemarie731 on January 23, 2012:

I'm 21 and having my first baby , was interested in donating after the baby is here. I live in up state Vermont , could anyone refere me ?

jen1233 on January 23, 2012:

Hi, i'm from the united kingdom and wondered if it was possible to donate my eggs using a U.S based agency??

sharon ince on January 20, 2012:

am looking to donate my eggs were do i start what's the best agancy?

Jennifer L Nelson on January 18, 2012:

I see many of you asking some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) which may be answered by visiting http://www.angeleggdonation.com/FAQ.html

@ Ediat - You may want to be skeptical of Egg Donor agencies or 'companies' offering $10,000+ for first time egg donors, since the ASRM suggests that sums above $10,000 compensation are inappropriate. Remember, egg donor compensation is not regulated by law, however, the ASRM has ethical guidelines surrounding compensation for a reason. In many countries compensated egg donation is illegal, and many legislative pursuits have surfaced to do the same in America due to some of these outrageous compensation requests.

@ Illyria and Danielle - Most donors who choose to have children after donating their eggs are able to successfully achieve pregnancy without any difficulty.

@ anon – Since intended parents are taking a financial and emotional risk with a first time/unproven donor, $10,000 may be just a bit much to ask. At An Angel’s Gift, Inc., we request that our first time egg donors adhere to a first time donor maximum of $5,000 for several reasons. Firstly, there may be additional testing that needs to be done on a first time donor that the intended parents will have to pay for – some tests that may possibly be avoided with a repeat donor. Secondly, since egg donation requires a lot of time, effort, and responsibility on your behalf, intended parents don’t have a ‘precedence’ per se that you will not fall through and become unreliable.

@ Ebony – The actual egg retrieval is a surgical procedure whereby your eggs are aspirated by an ultrasound guided needle. You are comfortably sleeping during this procedure, however it is still a surgical procedure and you will feel bloating and discomfort afterward. Additionally, you will have to give yourself subcutaneous injections to administer the fertility medications necessary to donate your eggs. If you’re afraid of needles, egg donation is not for you!

@ AJ – not all agencies require you to be a college graduate. However, the simple fact that you pursued higher education, and were able to successfully complete such an accomplishment does speak to your tenacity and responsibility. Since reliability is so important when donating your eggs, having a college education speaks volumes. Additionally, many (not all) intended parents require college education for their donors. Since intended parents make the egg donor selection, it only makes sense that agencies recruit what intended parents are looking for.

@ Katie and Nicky – Many clinics and egg donor programs require that their donor applicants be between the ages of 19-33. I’ve not personally seen ages older than 33 accepted into programs, but they may be out there. At An Angel’s Gift, we require our donors be at least 21 years of age, but not older than 30. At 41 you would unfortunately not be eligible to donate your eggs.

@ Sabby - Yes. The procedure bypasses your fallopian tubes and accesses the ovaries directly

Again, MANY questions you gals ask are answered on our FAQ page: http://www.angeleggdonation.com/FAQ.html - Best of luck to all you wonderful ladies with such big hearts willing to help others!!!

- Jennifer Nelson

Ediat on January 03, 2012:

Hi,

i found couple diferent agencys in CA.

one starts at $7000 / $8000 for first timers and then goes up $2000 for each next cycle.

Other company Starts at $10.000 first time. and goes up $500 each next time..

19-30 years old, High School diploma, some college or at least 2 years of college /certificate.

google for Premier Egg donation Agency

Prefer Not2 Disclose from VA on December 28, 2011:

I think egg donation centers should read this thread. Anyone that asked a question that was already asked/ answered further up should be permanently barred from donating since they must be illiterate (how someone learns to write without reading is beyond me). Read people!

Illyria Mcclelan from Garden Grove, California on December 24, 2011:

could donating my eggs hurt my chances of getting pregnant in the future?

anon on December 21, 2011:

I'm 20 years old and have no mental or physical health conditions and I want to donate. I want $10,000 though! I'm working on a Masters degree.

Danielle Zerla on December 20, 2011:

will egg donation hurt my chances of haven a child in the future

ebony turner on December 19, 2011:

Does the egg donation hurt in anyway

rica on December 15, 2011:

Hello everyone, I am looking to donate my eggs. I have a 6 year old son who is very intellegent and good looking. Im 5'4", light skin, African American and Puerto Rican, long hair, very nice shape, small feet, pretty teeth, and cute small ears. I'm currently enrolled in college for early childhood, had a degree in culinary, and in the future I will be going to cosmotology. Does anyone know of a legit place for me to donate in North Carolina.

cazz on December 11, 2011:

i would love to do this because i enjoy my 4 kids but this will have to be a decision of me and my husband i wanted to be a surrogate for our friends but just when they were thinking their invtro worked but my husband has other worldly views i will ask but i highly doubt he will approve to all those who do donate and help wonderful family's be born i thank you

Just Cause on December 05, 2011:

@ A.J. Because we do not need more "stupids" in the world.

A.J. on November 25, 2011:

Why do you need to be college educated to donate?

I. Sonnett Stern on November 25, 2011:

I live in Chico, California and would like to donate my eggs. Is there a reputable company I can contact?

I. Sonnett Stern

latonya davis on November 16, 2011:

I wanted to know about donating.

Kay on November 15, 2011:

im 32 soon to be 33. ..i live in Detroit MI are there any reputible agencies in my area that I may qualify for? Thanks in advance! ak0880ls@hotmail.com

Julie on November 13, 2011:

Can u still donate after bein fixed

Christopher ontiveros on November 10, 2011:

My number is 9567563391 interested

Cassandra on November 09, 2011:

I Have not donated but am thinking about looking in to it!I have no kids, im 23 and am thinking of doing this to pay for in vitro! but i think i read if your older than 29 they will not take your eggs because the older you are the bigger the chance of defective eggs!! I don't know if they will take your eggs if you have pcos???

Katie on October 30, 2011:

Im a healthy 41yr old and gave birth to 4 healthy babies that were given away for adoption with no problems. I'm interested in making money. Anyone know a good place near Georgia?

nicky on October 19, 2011:

I am 41,,have 3 great healthy children,Am I too old to offer my eggs??

selena on October 18, 2011:

How do I find a center to donate, i am 28 almost 29 and would love to donate.

caroline on September 12, 2011:

i recently donated my eggs to my friend, but there are several legitimate agencies out there - most of which will have your information available to women [or men] across the country. Before they asked our friend-base I know they looked at:

Fertility Network Agency

Extraordinary Conceptions

and

Surrogate Alternatives

You must remember not everyone can donate eggs. You usually have to be at least 21 [though I've seen some places that accept 20 year olds]. You must be a non-smoker and you have to pass a drug test. They offer you an application that you must fill out [most are about 10 pages long] of you and your family's health history. Your high school diploma is almost always mandatory, but you don't need your college degree even though it is usually what future parents look for. I've been told girls with nicer traits are more likely to be picked for the process as how the donor looks will reflect the look of the child.

If you are picked for the process it takes several month where you must abstain from sex, drugs, alcohol, and very rigorous exercise. You can only donate so many times and even the first time you donate, due to the hormones, you are susceptible to future fertility problems due to over stimulation of the ovaries. Though it doesn't happen to everyone, you should keep that in mind - especially if a family is extraordinarily important to your plans of the future.

Though the process was strenuous, for me, and got quite stressful, it was still a great experience. The opportunity is what you make of it, don't donate because you like the idea of 5K in your bank account. Only apply if you are mentally and physically prepared - there are several people who say they want to donate but pull their application once they get an interested couple because they get scared which is very frustrating to those serious about the process.

Hope this helps!

Sabby on September 12, 2011:

I have tubal ligation. Will I be able to donate?

eva on September 11, 2011:

i am 34 and have 4 kids would i be able to do this

Jennifer Nelson on August 24, 2011:

If I may, I’m happy to answer a few of your questions.

MP – Yes, the entire process takes time. Assuming you meet the initial qualifications, there is no determining when you may be chosen by a set of intended parents. You could be chosen within a month, and there’s a chance you may never be chosen. It depends entirely on what the intended parents are looking for. Agencies can never guarantee to match you. However, if you’re chosen, the entire cycle can last approximately three months though each cycle is different. During this time you can expect to sign contracts, meet with a psychologist, have a lengthy initial exam including a vaginal ultrasound, blood test, overall physical, drug testing, and more. You’ll also attend many early morning monitoring appointments with the IVF clinic, and give self administered subcutaneous injections at home for a period of approximately 20 of those days. The doctors appointments will involve regular blood draws and vaginal ultrasounds to check your progress. After this entire process, the eggs will be retrieved at which point you should receive the remainder of your compensation.

Tina – most programs cut off the maximum age limit at 33, so you would most likely not qualify to donate your eggs.

None – You’re not limited to any geographical area to donate your eggs (Ohio) unless you truly desire to stay local. If you are willing to travel, the intended parents will pay for your traveling expenses.

Cristina – you’re never required to travel. Just let the agency you’re working with know if you would be willing to travel or not. In addition to paying your traveling expenses, intended parents will also pay for child care if you need someone to watch your children while you’re away. Usually this traveling time away from home is approximately 5 days, but this is just a general average. It could always be a few days more depending on the clinic. However, you should be given plenty of advanced notice of when you could expect to travel so you have time to plan… assuming you were willing to travel in the first place.

Ms. Solome J. – You would still qualify to donate if you have had your tubes tied. The egg retrieval procedure actually bypasses the fallopian tubes and accesses your ovaries directly.

Teresa – some programs do REQUIRE that you have a college degree or are currently attending college, but not all. Many just ask that you have a minimum of a high school degree. However, your age probably would be an issue since many programs (clinics and agencies) require that you be under age 33 to donate. All programs differ on their age requirements. Some go as low as 18 (the legal age to enter into a contractual agreement) while the ASRM suggests a minimum age of 21 to ensure the donor is mature enough to understand the process of egg donation, and the maximum I’ve seen is 33 with a few exceptions. An Angel’s Gift, Inc., requires that our donors be between ages 21-30.

Anjelica and Yolanda – donating your eggs should not affect your future ability to get pregnant. I’ve been a five time egg donor and my husband and I are expecting a beautiful baby in March of 2012. We got pregnant on our first try.

Sadie Valentine and Brooke – donating your eggs would never leave you with no eggs to have your own future children. While your statement is true that a woman does have a set number of eggs and enters into menopause after all of her ovarian reserve is used up, egg donation would not affect this number significantly. A woman has 1- 2 million eggs before she is even born. You lose hundreds of thousands before you even hit puberty. An average egg donation cycle will retrieve 15-20 eggs (again, just an average as some retrieve less, some retrieve as many as 50 although that’s less common), which is just a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands you still have. Each month a woman naturally looses about 1,000 eggs, as only 1, maybe 2 actually reach maturity and are released from the ovaries each month. An egg donation cycle just causes more eggs out of that 1,000 that you would lose anyway to mature, resulting in 15-20 retrievable oocytes.

Again, you’re welcome to find more information on my website, www.angeleggdonation.com, although there are many, many helpful resources via books, internet, or even your local infertility clinic that can give you more information on the process.

- Jennifer Nelson

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