About the Process
Becoming an egg donor is a unique opportunity to help others fulfill their dream of becoming parents. Many people can’t become pregnant without the help of an egg donor. Your generous donation will give someone a chance to have a child of their own.
What to Expect
Step 1 – The egg donor application
To apply to become an egg donor, you first need to fill out our online form. We will review your submission, and we’ll let you know if you meet our donor criteria.
Once you’ve been approved to get started, you will need to fill a portfolio application, where you will complete a personal profile. This profile is very important for matching you with intended parents. Your profile includes important details, such your medical history, a bit about you and your family, your background, and some current and childhood photos of yourself.
Our egg donation program is completely anonymous – intended parents are not given any personally identifying information about you.
Step 2 – Meet our team
Once you’ve completed your application, if you meet our donor requirements, you’ll be invited to meet us in person. If it’s not possible for you to come in for an interview, we can schedule a Skype or video meeting instead, but we always prefer to meet in person, if possible. The meeting is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about egg donation, and our opportunity to get to know you to make sure you are a fit for our program. Once your application process is complete, we’ll let you know if you’ve been accepted into our egg donor program.
Step 3 – Medical screening
Donor screening is an important step in the donation process. Screening begins with a baseline hormone test and an ultrasound, to evaluate your hormone levels and potential egg count.
You will then undergo the following tests:
Blood and drug screening: You will receive a blood test to establish ovarian age, and to rule out genetic diseases, drug use, and infectious diseases, such as HIV
Physical consultation: You will meet with a physician for a physical exam and an in-depth explanation of the medical procedures involved in the egg donation process, including possible side effects and risks
Psychological consultation: Egg donors will meet with a therapist to discuss all the implications of egg donation
Step 4 – The matching process
When an intended parent selects you as their egg donor, you will be notified, and the match will be made when you accept their offer. This process can take anywhere between a few days and a few months.
Step 5- The contract
A written contract between you and the recipients will be drafted. We can help you choose a lawyer you are comfortable with, to make sure that you are aware of all the aspects of the egg donations process, including your responsibilities, the recipient’s responsibilities, and more. All your legal fees will be fully covered by The Chosen One.
Step 6 – The egg donation process
Once the screening is complete and the contract has been signed, you will begin the donation cycle, which typically takes 3 to 6 weeks. In order for an egg retrieval process to be successful, the donor and the recipient’s fertility cycles need to be synchronized.
To begin the process, you’ll take one medication to synchronize your cycle with the recipient’s, and another to stimulate egg production. Your doctor will explain everything to you in detail, so you’ll know exactly what to expect, and will answer any questions you have
Your doctor will monitor you carefully throughout this process to make sure your body is reacting properly to the hormones, to check your progress, and to determine when your body is ready for the egg retrieval.
The egg retrieval is a simple surgical procedure that requires a mild general anesthetic and takes roughly 20-30 minutes. In the procedure, the doctor will use a small ultrasound-guided needle to extract the follicles from your ovaries.
Recovery can take anywhere between a day and a week, but in most cases, donors return to normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
Step 7 – Receive your compensation
On the day of the egg retrieval you will receive your $8000 compensation.
Step 8 – Fertilization and transfer
On the day of the retrieval the doctor will attempt to fertilize the eggs. The eggs will be observed for a few days in the lab to make sure they are ready for transfer. The number of embryos that are transferred varies depending on the recipient’s decision. Two weeks after the transfer, the recipient can take a pregnancy test to find out if the process was successful!