Egg Donor FAQ’s

How do I become a donor with your agency?

  • Please review the Donor section of our Web site to be familiar with our Donor Criteria.
  • Complete and submit the Egg Donor Pre-Qualification Screening form and print a copy of the Egg Donor Terms, Conditions and Consent for your file.
  • We will review your screening form and determine if you meet the requirements of becoming an egg donor with our program. If so, you will receive an invitation to apply. You will be required to provide photos, school transcripts, and a copy of your driver’s license to confirm your identity.
  • We will schedule an interview with you to get to know you better and to discuss your motivations for wanting to donate.

Are there any forms of birth control that will prevent me from being accepted as an egg donor with your program?

You will not be considered or accepted into our program as an egg donor if you are currently using Depo-Provera, Norplant or a Hormonal IUD, such as Mirena. You will be required to have at least three regular menstrual cycles after you discontinue using these methods of birth control. If you have a Non-Hormonal IUD or are using birth control pills this will not affect your ability to donate.

Can I donate if I've had a tubal ligation?

Yes, you may be an egg donor if you have had a tubal ligation. Your eggs will be retrieved prior to being released in the fallopian tubes.

Can I donate if I just had a baby and I'm breastfeeding?

You may not donate while you are breastfeeding. It is also necessary for you to have at least three regular menstrual cycles prior to participating in an egg donation cycle. You may start the application process.

Why is it important to be height and weight proportionate?

It is necessary for you to be within a healthy weight range so that you are not at an increased risk for medical complications while participating in an egg donation cycle.

Will donating eggs now affect my fertility or the ability to have children in the future?

No. All currently available information shows that there is no decrease in a donor’s ability to get pregnant after completing a normal retrieval.

What happens once I am chosen by an Intended Parent and agree to be their Donor?

  • The entire process should take between 6 to 8 weeks.
  • If the Intended Parents and you agree to meet, we will schedule a meeting that will be facilitated by Heartfelt Egg Donation.
  • You will receive a contract and you will meet with an agency-appointed attorney for legal consultation and contract review.
  • We will schedule your initial required psychological evaluation and testing and medical evaluation.
  • The treating physician will counsel you through the process and inform you of your schedule and how and when to begin taking the fertility medication.
  • You will be scheduled for a procedure that will remove the eggs from your ovaries. This procedure usually takes about 30-40 minutes and is done under sedation in an outpatient setting.
  • You will receive your compensation check within 7 days after the retrieval.

How long will it take to be matched?

This is not something we can predict. Some donors have been matched within one week of applying; others have taken as long as one year and some may never be matched.

What are the primary risks and side effects of taking the fertility medication?

The primary risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome. This is relatively rare (1-3% of cases). Your physician will monitor you carefully in order to avoid this possibility. Side effects include weight gain and a feeling of extreme bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists, you will most likely be given antibiotics to avoid this.

How much time will I have to take off from work or school?

Appointments are usually early in the morning, so little or no time is missed. You will need to schedule an entire day for the egg retrieval. If your retrieval requires travel to a city where the Intended Parents doctor is located you may have to take additional time off of work or school. You will be compensated for any loss in pay.

How much will I be paid and when will I receive the check?

Heartfelt Egg Donation has signed an agreement with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) that states that we will abide by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Ethics Committee Guidelines governing the payment of egg donors. The guidelines pertaining to appropriate donor compensation specifically state: “Total payments to donors in excess of $5,000 require justification and sums above $10,000 are not appropriate.” Donors will not be compensated over $10,000 under any circumstance. Typically, you will receive your check within 7 days of the egg retrieval.

What are my responsibilities to the children that may be born from this process?

You are not responsible to any children born from this process. The Intended Parents assume all responsibility. This will be outlined in your contract.

Am I required to meet the Intended Parents?

No. We do, however, encourage you to meet the Intended Parents if you feel comfortable doing so. Heartfelt Egg Donation will facilitate the meeting.

Do I have to have health insurance?

No. The Intended Parents are responsible for all of your medical costs and for supplementary insurance should any complications arise which are directly related to the egg retrieval process.

How many times can I donate?

Heartfelt Egg Donation will allow you to donate four, five or six times in your lifetime, depending upon the approval of a treating physician.

Is Heartfelt Egg Donation a licensed egg donation agency?

Heartfelt Egg Donation, LLC is licensed to conduct business. There are no formal licensing requirements for an Egg Donation Agency in Nevada. Heartfelt Egg Donation, LLC is licensed as a registered Tissue Bank in the State of New York. We follow FDA guidelines for Tissue Donation.