California Egg Donors
Search from among the best egg donors in California, from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
Through our network of egg donor agencies in California, particularly Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento, Donor Concierge can help you find a California egg donor to help you start your family.
If you are searching for a California egg donor, we can help. We can narrow your search to only those donors who reside in California and major cities within the state. We can focus on Los Angeles egg donors, San Francisco egg donors, or across the state from San Diego to Sacramento. While this may narrow the pool of available egg donors, by searching through 100+ of the best egg donor agencies in the United States, we can locate all those donors who reside within the Golden State, or who are willing to travel to your fertility clinic.
Donor Concierge has cultivated an extensive list of trusted providers and resources for your egg donation journey in California.
The Benefits of Finding an Egg Donor in California
California is a popular destination for intended parents looking for an egg donor. As one of the most assisted reproduction-friendly states in the US, it’s easy for intended parents of all kinds to pursue their family-building goals through egg donation in the Golden State.
California is home to a large number of top-rated egg donor agencies with access to a wide range of high-quality egg donors. Plus, because California has the largest and most diverse population in the entire nation, intended parents are likely to find an amazing egg donor to match with, no matter what they’re looking for. With Donor Concierge’s help, we can assist you in matching with hard-to-find egg donors throughout California, including college-educated, Jewish, Asian, and more.
California is also a popular fertility care and egg donor destination due to its many amenities. From Los Angeles to San Diego to San Francisco to Sacramento and beyond, there is no shortage of incredible fertility clinics, reproductive attorneys, places to stay, and things to do to make your egg donation journey easier.
How Egg Donors Are Screened in California
All of the egg donor agencies in California that Donor Concierge works with follow the strict standards and guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). The FDA requires that egg donors undergo a physical examination and be screened for infectious diseases, while the ASRM recommends additional screening measures such as psychoeducational counseling, genetic screening, and complete medical history.
The ASRM recommends that egg donors be between the ages of 21 and 34 and that they be in good physical health, which is determined through a physical exam, including a pelvic ultrasound. The ASRM also stresses the importance of psychological evaluation and counseling to ensure that the egg donor understands her role in the family-building process and is emotionally and mentally stable.
The Donor Concierge Egg Donation Process for Intended Parents in California
Step 1. Consultation and Intake
The first step of becoming a parent through egg donation is to schedule a consultation with Donor Concierge. During the consultation, your case manager will get to know you and learn more about your family-building journey thus far. They will also get an idea of what you’re looking for in an egg donor. The consultation is completely free and does not include any obligation to pursue your journey with Donor Concierge. If you do choose to utilize our services for finding an egg donor, you will then fill out our intake form, provide photographs, and make an initial payment.
Step 2. The Egg Donor Search Process
After the intake process is complete, your Donor Concierge case manager will get a deeper idea of what you’re looking for in an egg donor as well as what your family-building goals are. Using this information, your case manager will identify prospective donors that fit your criteria and send their profiles to you for review, typically one profile every one to two days. During this process, case managers also handle communication with the egg donor agencies, as well as local medical clinics for physical screenings. The egg donor search process takes about two weeks to complete.
Step 3. Reserving Your Egg Donor
Once Donor Concierge has found you the right egg donor, we’ll connect you with the donor’s agency to get the process started in earnest. At this point, there will be a lot of medical and legal coordination, much of which will be managed by the egg donor agency. Meanwhile, we’ll help you connect with a reproductive attorney so that legal documents can be drafted. Throughout the process and even after, Donor Concierge continues to provide support and resources for whatever needs and concerns you may have.
Step 4. The Egg Donation Cycle
Once these details have been established, the medical part of the egg donation process can begin. Your fertility clinic will schedule an appointment for your egg donor to visit the clinic, have her physical, genetic and psychological evaluation completed. Next, your egg donor will start medications to suppress her menstrual cycle, and prepare her body for the injections that will stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs.
To increase the number of viable eggs donated, egg donors must first take hormone injections that stimulate their ovaries into producing more mature eggs than are normally produced in a regular ovulation cycle. These injections are self-administered by the egg donor and typically take between 10 to 12 days. During this time, the egg donor is carefully monitored regularly by a fertility specialist to ensure that the medications are working properly and make any adjustments necessary.
When the eggs have reached the desired level of maturation, the egg donor will take a “trigger” shot of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is a type of hormone that signals to the ovaries to release the eggs. The eggs will then be retrieved 36 hours later. During egg retrieval, the donor is placed under mild sedation while the doctor locates the mature eggs using an ultrasound wand. The eggs are then gently extracted using an aspirating needle. The eggs are combined in a petri dish with sperm so that fertilization can occur. In some cases, a procedure known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be performed instead. This procedure involves using a tiny needle to penetrate through the egg’s shell and injecting a sperm directly into the ovum’s center.
If you are undergoing a fresh egg donor cycle, the recipient’s uterus will be prepared to receive the fertilized embryo. However, many people choose to have what’s called a frozen embryo transfer, which is when the embryo is frozen five days after fertilization and transferred to the uterus at a later date.
How to Find an Egg Donor Agency in California
Finding an egg donor agency can be overwhelming, especially in California, where there is a large number of agencies available. Some of the most common considerations that intended parents have to think about when researching egg donor agencies in California include:
- How long has the agency been in business?
- How many egg donors do they have available?
- Do they have the kind of egg donors I am looking for?
Combing through all the egg donor agencies in California is a lot for anyone to handle, especially when there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to find your ideal match after all that research. That’s where Donor Concierge comes in. Instead of you researching agency after agency and reviewing each individual database along the way, we use your criteria to focus on finding a great egg donor that matches your preferences. We work with a network of over 100 highly-regarded egg donor agencies in California so that you don’t have to worry about doing all that research on your own. All you have to think about is what egg donor qualities are most important to you and your family-building needs.
Navigating Egg Donor Costs in California
Egg donor costs vary on several factors, including location, choice of donor, and which fertility clinic you use. On average, these costs generally fall between $30,000 to $65,000 and include payment for:
- Egg donor agency fees
- Egg donor compensation
- Costs for medical processes, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), ICSI, and frozen embryo transfer
- Legal fees
- Travel and other expenses
Navigating the costs associated with an egg donor journey can feel overwhelming, however, there are options available to help make the process easier to afford. Some of these options include fertility treatment loans and grants.
Find an Egg Donor in California
With some of the more liberal fertility laws in the country, the Golden State is an attractive place for many intended parents from around the world to come to complete their journey to parenthood through third-party fertility. There are a large number of California egg donation agencies, fertility clinics, reproductive endocrinologists and attorneys who specialize in fertility law. Our network of egg donor agencies in California means we are experts in finding egg donors who match your desired criteria and the experience from working with intended parents for nearly 20 years.
Egg Donation FAQs
The primary difference between fresh and frozen egg donation cycles is the need for synchronizing the menstrual cycles of the egg donor and recipient. In a fresh egg donation cycle, the egg donor and recipient’s cycles are synchronized so that the fertilized embryo will be quickly transferred into the recipient’s uterus for implantation. In a frozen egg donation cycle, the eggs are retrieved and cryopreserved for later use. Once ready, the frozen eggs are thawed, fertilized, and prepared for IVF.
It’s nearly impossible to predict how a baby will look before they are born, even when conceived through traditional means. Furthermore, the child’s looks can change over time. Because the baby will receive half of its DNA from the egg donor, it is reasonable to expect that it will possibly share a physical resemblance with the donor. That being said, it’s very possible to find an egg donor who resembles you and/or your partner.
Egg donation helps many different types of people and families have a child. Some of the most common situations that call for the use of donor eggs include:
- Female infertility issues related to poor ovarian reserve, early menopause, advanced maternal age, or ovaries damaged by cancer treatments
- Same-sex male couples
- Single men who wish to become fathers.
According to the preliminary 2020 preliminary 2020 report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), 44.6% of cycles involving fresh donor eggs resulted in a live birth, with 41.1% of frozen cycles resulting in a live birth.
The choice to tell your future child about their genetic origins is very personal, but it is generally recommended that you be honest with your child as soon as possible. This is especially true now that DNA testing kits such as 23andMe have become so popular. Because so many people use these kits, someone born from an egg donor can easily discover their genetic mother without meaning to. Although conversations with your child about their egg donor origins may seem overwhelming, there are many available resources that can help ease the process, including books, support groups, counseling, and The Donor Sibling Registry
It’s not uncommon for intended parents to have concerns about using a donor egg to have a child, especially about whether or not they’ll be able to bond with a baby that is not genetically related to them. However, people who have gone through the egg donation process and everything it entails are people who want more than anything to have a child. The love they feel for their baby begins to grow way before conception. While bonding with a newborn can be difficult for anyone, including parents who have had a child the traditional way, many parents with donor-conceived children find themselves overjoyed and completely in love with the baby once it’s born.
Find local fertility resources in California:
27882 Forbes Road, Suite 200 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677(949) 249-9200
1060 Marsh Road, 1st Floor Menlo Park, CA 94025(650) 646-7500
Practice Director: David Newhouse, M.D., Medical Director: Lisa Farah-Eways M.D.
39141 Civic Center Dr. #350 Fremont, CA 94538(888) 331-5601
Practice Director: David Newhouse, M.D., Medical Director: Lisa Farah-Eways M.D.
2581 Samaritan Drive Suite 302 San Jose, CA 95124(800) 597-2234
15500 Sand Canyon Avenue Suite 100 Irvine, CA 92618(949) 726-0600
Dr. Sam Najmabadi
99 N La Cienega Blvd #109, Beverly Hills, CA 90211(310) 360-7584
Dr. Robert Anderson
361 Hospital Road, Suite 333 Newport Beach, California 92663(949) 642-8727
Dr. Michael Vermesh
415 Rolling Oaks Dr Ste 260 Thousand Oaks, CA 91361(818) 881-9800
Dr. Ashim V. Kumar, Dr. Gary Hubert
325 Rolling Oaks Dr., Suite 110 Thousand Oaks, CA 91361(805) 778-1122
Kristen Prezklasa Esq, Sahar Douraghy Esq.
23441 South Pointe Drive, Suite 270 Laguna Hills, CA 92653(949) 581-2443
Brian Klein, Steven L. Klein, Casey O'Connell
1520 6th Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101(619) 235-8913
1651 E 4th St., Suite 122 Santa Ana, CA, 92701(714) 853-8959
705 Gold Lake Drive, Suite 250 Folsom, CA, 95630(888) 557-5115
Mark Werts / Russell Werts
265 S. Randolph Avenue #260 Brea, CA 92821(714) 674-9900
433 N. Camden Drive Suite 600 Beverly Hills, CA 90210(310) 684-3982
Steven W. Lazarus, Esq.
4640 Admiralty Way Suite 500 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292(310) 496-5758
Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq.
2701 Loker Avenue West #100 Carlsbad, CA 92010(760) 438-0558
Michelle A. Keeyes, Esq.
8340 Allison Ave., Suite A La Mesa, CA 91942(888) 259-6000
Mental Health Professionals
Joey Guzman-Kuffel - M.A., LMFT
4565 Ruffner Street, Ste. 110 San Diego, CA 92111(619) 363-5677
Susan Allen, LMFT
2859 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA 94115 United States(415) 505-3541
3010 I Street Sacramento, CA 95816(916) 393-9753
1621 Oak Ave. Suite B Davis, CA 95616 United States(530) 753-0636
Dr. Karen Hall
12625 High Bluff Drive Suite 105 San Diego, CA 92130(760) 443-5425
120 Calle Amistad #3210 San Clemente, CA, 92673(619) 379.6012
11022 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 250 Los Angeles, CA 90025(310) 487.1707
21243 Ventura Boulevard, Ste 229 Woodland Hills, CA 91364(818) 216-5894
Janis Goldman, Ph.D., Psy.D.
12301 Wilshire Blvd Ste 310 Los Angeles, CA 90025(310) 820-7151
Sara Rector, M.A.
501 Marin Street, Suite #202, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360(805) 494-1414
Karen Hall, Ph.D.
12625 High Bluff Drive Suite 104 San Diego, CA 92130(760) 443-5425
Sylvia Marnella, Ph.D.
9765 Birch Canyon Place San Diego, CA 92126(619) 379-6012
462 North Linden Drive , Suite #337 Beverly Hills, CA 90212(310) 339-3179
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