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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).
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,
- Cramping (similar to menstrual periods),
- Fluid retention,
- 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.