Egg Donation Program

Egg Donor Compensation Structure for CHR’s Standard Donor Egg Program (SDEP)

CHR’s Standard Egg Donor Program (SDEP) has an innovative egg donation fee structure that is fair to both donors and recipients. In our egg donation program, egg donors are reimbursed based on the number of eggs they produce, with a potential bonus, up to $14,000 in total egg donor compensation.

In most IVF centers with an egg donor program, donors are typically compensated with the same set fee of $5,000-$10,000 regardless of the number of eggs they produce.

CHR considers the commercial trade in human oocytes with considerable ethical concerns. As such, CHR does not derive profit from managing the process of egg donation between donor and recipient, and will continue to offer donor matching services as an unreimbursed courtesy to the center’s patients. CHR, therefore, will price the anonymous exchange of eggs between donors and recipients in its program at cost, and without profit margin.

What Egg Donors Need to Know

Egg donors who donate eggs at CHR are guaranteed $8,000 for a donation cycle, as long as they produce at least 10 mature oocytes. This is the average number of eggs donors have produced at CHR in the past. If they produce fewer mature oocytes, their donor compensation will be reduced proportionally in accordance with the donor reimbursements listed below. If donors produce more mature eggs, they can increase their cycle reimbursement to up to $12,000 for 15 or more mature oocytes.

Donors will be informed about the number of mature oocytes they produced on the day after egg retrieval since some immature oocytes may still mature overnight. Donors receive compensation for their egg donation cycle after they complete the post-cycle checkup. The table below describes the new donor compensation schedule based on the number of eggs produced.

Number of Mature Oocytes Egg donor Reimbursements
4 of fewer $3,200
5 $4,000
6 $4,800
7 $5,600
8 $6,400
9 $7,200
10 $8,000
11 $8,800
12 $9,600
13 $10,400
14 $11,200
15 or more $12,000

Donors can maximize their compensation by following our clinical coordinators’ instructions closely, as the medication adherence has a considerable effect on the number of eggs that develop. Furthermore, as explained below, being designated as a high-demand donor gives egg donors a chance to earn up to $2,000 in additional compensation for egg donation cycles.

Potential Additional Compensation for Egg Donors

CHR introduced a new option of high-demand donors (HDDs). This concept is already widely used by many donor agencies and donor egg banks. HDDs will be allowed to charge additional donor fees of either $1,000 or $2,000. Eligibility for the designation of HDD will be determined by CHR, based on successful prior completion of at least one IVF cycle and/or special educational or other demand-enhancing achievements and/or qualities. Once donors are designated as HDDs, donors can decide whether they want to charge a higher fee for their egg donation cycles.

To make recipients aware of these designation, donors awarded the HDD designation are also marked accordingly in CHR’s donor listing.

Background

CHR’s egg donor compensation structure was developed based on two developments. One was the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)’s decision to withdraw its previous recommendation about how much IVF centers should pay egg donors, following a class-action lawsuit. The other is the rapid growth of frozen egg banks, which charge recipients a per-egg fee, rather than a set fee for an entire egg donation cycle. We developed the new egg donor payment structure (and recipient fee schedule on the flip side) to offer both donors and recipients a fairer egg donation program. For more information about how the fee structure was developed, please see this page.

Last updated: November 8, 2016

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