Your Guide to Using an Egg Donor

What is egg donation?

Egg donation, also known as ovum donation or third-party fertility, is the process of surgically removing eggs from one woman to give to an intended parent.

Why should I use a donor egg?

People turn to egg donors for a variety of different reasons. Some of our clients’ ovarian reserves have diminished with age, while others have fertility issues due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Other women may have undergone fertility-limiting cancer treatments or have genetic disorders that they don’t want to pass on to their offspring. Donor eggs also allow single males and gay male couples to build their families through surrogacy.

Learn about the egg donor recipient process

1. Consultation and Intake

The process begins with a free consultation, with no obligation to use our services. We’ll discuss what your fertility journey has been like so far, where you are in the process emotionally, and what you’re looking for in an egg donor. If you decide to use Donor Concierge to find a donor, you’ll fill out our online Intended Parent Intake, submit photographs, and make a secure payment. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and generally book clients about a week in advance.

2. The Egg Donor Search Process

We understand that deciding to work with an egg donor can be an emotionally complicated journey. You may have already been through multiple in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, or may be frustrated by the money and time spent on unsuccessful treatments. Add to that the hundreds of donor agencies with thousands of donor profiles to sift through, and the process can seem extremely stressful. That’s where we come in.

Once you’ve decided to partner with Donor Concierge, you’ll have a more in-depth conversation with your assigned case manager to review your egg donor criteria and overall family-building goals. The donor search then takes approximately two weeks to complete. Throughout this time, we’ll be working closely with your dedicated case manager to continuously refine your search results. We’ll send you prospective donor profiles every day or two, and we encourage all clients to review them within 24 hours, as donors often match very quickly.

While your case manager is searching for your egg donor, they can also:

  • Follow up with donor agencies about your favorite candidates.
  • Confirm donors’ availability and willingness to travel.
  • Help put a certain donor on hold while you finalize your decision.
  • Arrange for the donor to undergo initial testing and screenings locally before you’ve fully committed. (This will depend on the specific agency, but most are cooperative.)
  • Arrange for medical records to be sent to the clinic.
  • Maintain your privacy and release your name only when you give us permission.

3. Reserving Your Egg Donor

Once we’ve helped you find the right candidate, we’ll introduce you to the agency, which, after completing a legal agreement with the donor, will coordinate with your clinic to have the donor complete her thorough medical screening, including genetic testing and FDA testing.

We provide ongoing support and will serve as a dedicated resource for all of your questions and concerns, even after the match is made, to ensure you get the personalized assistance you deserve. Whether you require legal, psychological, physical, or emotional guidance, we can refer you to specialists who meet your exact needs.

4. The Egg Donor Cycle

Step 1

First, you and your donor will be given Lupron injections to synchronize your menstrual cycles. (if you’re creating embryos to freeze or using a surrogate, there will be no synchronization of cycles)

Egg Donation FAQ

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