The Egg Donation Process

Egg Donor Timeline

We want you to see us as part of your team. Our job is to empower you to make choices that you feel good about. We will help ensure that your egg donation process is pleasant and that your experience is deeply fulfilling.

We’re going to hit you straight: Egg donation requires a serious contribution of both time and effort. But of course, the gift is entirely worth it—both for you and for the family you bless.

We require that our donors go through a psychological evaluation and medical procedures, and ask that they possess a strong sense of commitment, demonstrate integrity and dependability, and have a genuine desire to help an infertile couple or individual conceive a child. In return, we’re here to provide compassionate support to make the process smooth and pleasant, and the experience deeply fulfilling.

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So, what comes next?

Here’s your Step-by-Step Guide


Step 1. Application Process

  • First, we’ll ask you to review the donor requirements online. This helps ensure that you’re qualified to become an egg donor before submitting an Egg Donor Application. Next, you’ll answer some online questions.
  • Once you clear the initial questions, you will be prompted to complete the online application in its entirety. It will take you about an hour to complete this application. Please carefully consider your thoughts and feelings on each question and answer all questions applying to your situation. Proper spelling and grammar are extremely important.
  • Scan your photos (save them as .jpg or .gif files) and upload them. If you only have hard copies of the photos, please mail them to us. Your photos will be posted in our Donor Database at the discretion of FI.

Step 2. Interview/Pre-screening

  • Once your application is complete, we will need to set up either a video or in-person interview. You can email us or call our office with your availability. During the interview, we will discuss the process with you in detail. We’ll be reviewing the risks, procedures, and compensation structure with you. This is also your turn to ask any and all questions that you may have.
  • Sign an Egg Donor Agreement and consent forms.

Step 3. Matching

  • After you have been accepted into the program, your profile will be visible to intended parents. This database is password protected so that only FI intended parents can view it.
  • We will notify you once you have been selected.

Step 4. Screening

  • After you’re matched, you will begin your screening process. The intended parent’s IVF clinic/physician will determine the donors screening protocol. All of your screening appointments will occur at the intended parent’s IVF clinic.
  • Psychological evaluation. You will be required to complete a PAI or MMPI test (personality test), and then will speak with a licensed psychologist about you and your family’s history of mental and physical health. Don’t be nervous. We’re looking for honesty, not perfection.
  • Legal. You will be required to sign either a contract or consent forms prior to your donation which will provide you details of your rights and responsibilities.

Step 5. Medication

  • Once you have cleared medical, psych, and legal, you will begin a low dose birth control pill to synch your cycle with the intended mother's cycle or surrogate.
  • The clinic will determine your timeline, but these are typically 8 to 15 days. During this time, you will have to travel to the clinic for a blood test and an ultrasound.
  • The clinic will provide you with a calendar on when to start your medication and how much to take. The clinic will also provide you with the medication, which is taken by injection once or twice a day.
  • Once the clinic feels that your body is ready, you will be instructed to take what is known as a trigger shot. This final injection signals your body to release the eggs for retrieval.

Step 6. Retrieval

  • The retrieval is at a set time determined by the clinic. Using mild sedation, your eggs (referred to as oocytes), are removed and prepared for fertilization

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  • A legible copy of your driver’s license or another valid photo identification card. These documents will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any other parties.
  • A copy of a current (normal) Pap smear less than 1-year-old must be submitted.
  • Copy of your standardized test score reports (SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT) and college transcript(s), both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Photos: You will need to upload current photos, childhood photos, and photos of your children (if applicable).
  • Previous egg donor records(if applicable).

Other Things to Know About Egg Donation

Local vs. Out-of-Town Donors

We have intended parents that work with clinics throughout the US who are looking for donors like you. Here’s what you need to know about the differences in local and out of town donations.

  • Local Donor: A local donor is one that’s being monitored by the intended parents’ clinic. All of your appointments will be at the same clinic and you will not be flying or traveling long distances.

  • Out-of-Town Donor: An out-of-town donor lives in a different city and/or state than the intended parent’s clinic. They are monitored at a clinic that is local to them but must travel to the intended parents’ clinic for screening and retrieval. Each clinic might have different out-of-state protocols. For example, some clinics allow out-of-state donors to be screened medically and psychologically and monitored initially by a clinic that is local to the donor. Others are more stringent and ask that the donor visit the clinic for a day so the evaluations can be performed. In these cases, the donor will usually need to spend a night at a hotel near that location. As the retrieval time draws near it is often necessary for the egg donor to go to the intended parent’s clinic for the final week of monitoring (and, of course, the eventual retrieval).

Financial Responsibilities

As a donor, you are not responsible for any financial costs directly related to your experience. This included required travel and all medical expenses. However, you must keep your receipts if we need to reimburse you for any reason.

An egg donor complication insurance is purchased on your behalf, which covers you for the donation. You will only be held financially responsible if you have started medications and back out of the donation for a non-medical reason.

As the retrieval time draws near, it is often necessary for the egg donor to go to the intended parent’s clinic for the final week of monitoring (and, of course, the eventual retrieval). We believe that egg donors deserve the best possible experience, which is why Family Inceptions makes all the necessary arrangements for your out-of-state travel.

You will be pleased to know that all your travel expenses will be paid for completely. The average number of days required for a retrieval trip is 5 to 7, so please make sure that your school, work, and family life will fit this schedule. Children and pets are not allowed to accompany you.

Egg Donation Risks

While generally a low-risk procedure, there are certain potential side effects and risks that you need to be aware of. While many women will have no side effects or complications, others report the following side effects:

  • Breast tenderness,
  • Nausea,
  • Cramping (similar to menstrual periods),
  • Headaches,
  • Fluid retention,
  • Bloating,
  • Appetite changes,
  • Changes in sex drive, and
  • Temporary stinging where the injection was administered.

Most women tell us that their body returned to normal within 2 to 7 days following your retrieval.

Prior to beginning an egg donation cycle, it is highly recommended that donors thoroughly discuss all potential risks and side effects with their fertility physician.

Questions? Contact Family Inceptions

If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to Contact Us. Alternatively, if you have decided to be an egg donor begin your application today.