Becoming an egg donor is a serious decision. Be informed before you start the process.
: Before becoming an egg donor, talk to your doctor about any health risks.
Step 1: Check your credentials See if you meet the criteria. You must be under 35 (for some clinics, under 32); an acceptable weight for your height; in perfect health; and have no history of drug use, alcohol abuse, sexually-transmitted diseases, or genetically-transmitted diseases.
TIP: Not surprisingly, if you are tall, attractive, and smart, you have a much better shot at being selected.
Step 2: Find a clinic Find a fertility clinic through an internet search or by asking your gynecologist.
Step 3: Request a questionnaire Request the clinic’s questionnaire, which will ask questions about everything from your medical history and ethnicity to your SAT scores and hobbies.
TIP: The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends a payment cap of $5,000. But many would-be parents are willing to pay more for a Rhodes Scholar who’s a dead ringer for Angelina Jolie.
Step 4: Take a medical examination If your completed questionnaire passes muster, you’ll be asked to come in for a medical examination. Some clinics require you to undergo a psychological examination as well.
Step 5: Sign an agreement Assuming you pass the medical tests, you’ll be given a Donor Agreement to sign. This document spells out the egg buyers’ right to children born from your eggs, and your immunity from child support.
TIP: Have a lawyer review the Donor Agreement before you sign it.
Step 6: Prep your body If a couple selects you, the clinic will begin prepping your body for egg retrieval. This process takes three to four weeks. Expect to inject yourself with hormones that will stimulate your egg production; you’ll also have vaginal ultrasounds and frequent blood tests.
Step 7: Have eggs removed When your eggs are ready, they will be removed vaginally, under light anesthesia, via an in-patient procedure that takes about 30 minutes.
TIP: Expect some light bleeding and/or mild lower abdominal pain for a few days after the procedure.
Step 8: Get paid Collect a check in the neighborhood of $2,500 and $5,000. The national average is $4,217.
FACT: Louise Brown, who became the world’s first test-tube baby on July 31, 1978, became the mother of a naturally conceived baby boy on December 20, 2006.