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Become an Egg Donor

How Does Egg Donation Work?

This process involves obtaining eggs (oocytes) from a healthy, young donor, fertilizing them and then transferring the fertilized embryo into the intended mother or surrogate’s uterus.

Why Choose to be an Egg Donor?

Thousands of couples all over the world long to have a family but due to infertility are unable to have the child that they desire. It is only through the kind and generous decision of an egg donor that these families are given the chance to have a child of their own. Egg donation offers new hope for a large number of women who previously thought they could never have children. For example, women who have lost their ovaries or the function of their ovaries whilst young. This could be because the ovaries never developed properly, as a result of cancer, surgery, early menopause, low egg reserve or poor egg quality.

Who May Become an Egg Donor?

  • Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and in good health.
  • Egg Donors must be non-smokers and drug-free.
  • Egg Donors must have abstained from smoking for at least 3 months prior to starting stimulation.
  • Egg Donor may not have a history of drug use. Urine toxicology tests may be completed during the Egg Donor screening process to confirm abstinence.
  • Donors may be required to travel internationally – Typically, Donors are required to travel for approximately 8-14 days for the egg donation monitoring and retrieval.  Travel requirements vary greatly from clinic to clinic, however, ranging from 7to 12 days.
  • We cannot accept Donors who have completed more than five donations as we can only match our Donors for a maximum of six donations, in adherence with egg donation guidelines set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
  • Donors are responsible for updating their profile/application annually.
  • Donors’ Body Mass Index must be between 18 and 29
  • Please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website to determine your BMI at
    http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm

How Long Does the Egg Donation Process Take?

A typical egg donation process takes about 10-16 days from the start of the fertility medication to the day of retrieval. Once a donor is matched, they will have to undergo a range of medical screening and a follicle count scan. Then the synchronization of both recipient and egg donors’ menstrual cycle is coordinated. Overall, it takes approximately 3 months to coordinate the whole process from the day you are matched to the day of your actual donation.

Expenses, Reimbursement and Compensation

Egg Donors are compensated based on numerous different factors ranging from their educational background to the chosen country that the cycle will take place in. Our Egg donor packages include:

  • Accommodation
  • A per day food allowance. This will fluctuate depending on the chosen location  
  • All travel (flights/possible visas/taxis) 
  • Comprehensive travel insurance 
  • Medical insurance 
  • Full medical & genetic screening 
  • Reimbursement or compensation offer dependending on the chosen cycle location 

We offer a compensation starting from $3000USD. However, please read below with regards to our known Egg Donor program that takes place in Australia.

Altruistic known donors receive no valuable compensation as Australian legislation prevents payment for any human tissues. All routine out-of-pocket expenses for an egg donor are reimbursed by the recipient for whom the egg donor is donating to. However, if there are any complications requiring unexpected hospitalization or loss of work time, these are not financially covered by the Fertility Group. All egg donors will have Standard Health cover purchased by their recipient couple, this should be used if there are any unforeseen complications so that the egg donor is covered up to Australian standards. 

Known Egg Donors will book and cover all flights, travel and accommodation costs on your behalf. We cover all donor testing, medical screening, medical costs and medication costs (excluding donor birth control pills as it is a requirement for donors to be on birth control prior to donor cycles.) Donors will receive reimbursements to cover all their direct expenses and lost wages. This will cover all out-of-pocket expenses related to the donation, such as food, transport, WiFi, sim cards, airtime credit and so on. 

The reimbursement amount is just there to ensure that being a known donor does not negatively impact your financial standing. 

How many times may I legally donate?

Traveling Donors will only allow our Egg Donors to donate their eggs to up to six families in their lifetime. This means that you may donate more than 6 times, as long as you do not donate to more than 6 families. This guideline is established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Although there are no known negative medical side effects to giving eggs more than this, our policy protects egg donors from potential health risks. 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes around 20 – 30 minutes and recovery from the relatively light anesthetic usually takes only an hour or two after which you may be discharged from the clinic. It is imperative that you take it easy and relax for the rest of the day, and have 48 hours of rest. 
Once your eggs are collected, they will be taken by a scientist and prepared for fertilization with the recipient’s partner’s sperm. As with any surgery, you are required to rest after the procedure. It is vitally important that you get 48 hours of rest before returning home.  Therefore, you will usually fly home 2 – 3 days post egg retrieval. If complications are to occur from the egg retrieval itself (1% chance), they usually do so within the first 24-48 hours, hence why it is of utmost importance that you get 48 hours of rest after your procedure.