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Requirements for Egg Donors

Responsibilities of Egg Donors

It is important for you to understand the commitment you will be making as an egg donor in the egg donor program. If you’re thinking about donating eggs, make sure you’re familiar with your responsibilities as an egg donor:

  1. To undergo any blood tests for hormone levels, infectious disease and drug screening that are needed.
  2. To undergo psychological screening, as required.
  3. To take all medications as instructed.
    • Daily injections of Lupron® for 2-6 weeks.
    • One or two daily injections of gonadotropinsgonadotropins to stimulate your ovaries to produce more than one egg.
    • One injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to help mature the eggs and prepare them for egg retrieval.
    • The possible use of antibiotics, taken orally to prevent infection.
    • Any other medication, as instructed.
  4. To keep all appointments for vaginal ultrasounds and laboratory tests.
  5. To abstain from intercourse or to use a non-hormonal form of contraception, such as condoms or a diaphragm, if intercourse takes place during the cycle.
  6. To notify the CHR staff if you engage in intercourse with a new partner.
  7. To refrain from the use of all recreational drugs. To report any prescriptions or non-prescription drug use to the egg donor coordinator.
  8. To undergo oocyte aspiration via a needle placed in your ovaries, using transvaginal ultrasound guided techniques with intravenous sedation.
  9. To donate all your retrieved oocytes (eggs) to a recipient who will be matched with you at the beginning of the cycle. You will relinquish any claim to all oocytes (eggs) and/or offspring that may result from the use of your eggs for in-vitro fertilization at the time of egg retrieval. You may be matched to more than one recipient in a given cycle.
  10. To return to CHR for a post-retrieval checkup to make sure that you are recovering normally.

Donating your eggs requires a significant amount of commitment and comes with responsibilities. Our current egg donation compensation is $8,000 at our CHR-New York program, if you produce at least 10 mature eggs (a historical average egg donors have produced at CHR). Your compensation depends on how many eggs you produce. If you are in high demand, you will also have an opportunity to earn more.
For further details about our compensation structure, please see this page. If your cycle is canceled due to no fault of your own, compensation is $1,000. If you fail to comply with any treatment or requirement, jeopardizing the cycle and causing it to be canceled, you will receive no compensation.

An insurance policy will be taken out in your name to mitigate the financial risk of any unexpected complications or hospitalization as a result of your participation in this program.

Additional Requirements for Egg Donation

The consent form that you will be required to sign is provided here (Egg Donor Informed Consent Form) for your convenience.

Last Updated: November 15, 2014

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