Frequently Asked Questions for Donor Recipients
- How long does it take to get a donor?
The length primarily depends on your desired characteristics. There may be a donor available immediately or there might be a short wait – around two to three months.
- How much information is available on donor candidates?We ask the candidates to bring pictures to our interview from birth to adulthood. If a candidate has any children we ask if their photos may be included as well. In addition to physical characteristics we provide you with interests, hobbies, education, family history and many other personal observations we have made during the extensive interview process.
- How old are your donors?
Between 21 and 31 years old.
- Are your donors per-screened?
Our donors have all spent at least 2 hours of intense interview time with us in addition to psychological testing. When we bring a candidate to you they are completely ready to be matched and able to continue on with the medical portion of the program.
- What laws are involved with egg donation?
Frankly, this is where things have gotten tricky… because there are no laws dealing with this matter.
- Do you have repeat donors?
Almost all of our donors would like to donate with EDPM again. They are allowed to donate if they have either produced a pregnancy or they have been approved by the embryologists to donate again.
- How much does the process cost?
As the donor recipient, you will be asked to pay the egg donor fee, which is capped at $6,000.
- Can the donor ever find out who we are?
No, unless there is a life threatening condition in an offspring and you would need the donor’s help to save the child’s life. Some examples are the child needs bone marrow or a kidney. If this happens, a donor states she is willing to be contacted. The donor also wants anonymity and does not want a recipient looking for her.
- Why do women want to donate?
For many women, the reasons are altruistic, such as a prior abortion they can’t forgive themselves for. Perhaps it is a mom who had a tubal ligation but is still young and wants to help someone be able to experience motherhood. In some cases it is a woman who has known people in her family that has had difficulty having children and feels this is a way to help. College students do see it as a way to help pay for tuition but are truly giving individuals. Donors do not regard their eggs as babies, just tissue. It doesn’t have a life until there is conception with a heartbeat and the recipient is the biological mother.
Frequently Asked Questions by Egg Donors
- How long is the entire process?
The process can vary in length, but generally takes 4 to 6 months. This includes the interviewing process, many phases of testing, medication cycle, retrieval and recovery.
- What is the donor fee?
Typically a donor will receive $6,000.00 This money is kept in an account until completion of the donor’s egg retrieval procedure.
- How long does it take to be matched?
Again, this varies according to the specifics of the intended parents, but generally a donor is matched in a 4-6 week period.
- How long do I have to give myself shots?
The average length of time a donor is on inject-able medicine is 3-4 weeks.
- Will I know if a baby is born?
As this is an anonymous program, the answer is no, you will not. You will however, walk away knowing that you have a given a couple a chance they would never have had to help make their dreams of parenthood come true.
- Can I donate more than once?
Yes, based on egg and embryo quality, you may be allowed to donate up to six times. This number is based on ASRM guidelines.