The process will take approximately 8 weeks
from the time you and the couple decide to work together.
From the time the couple decides to work with you,
both parties (Donor and Recipient Couple) will enter
into a contract disbursed by NWED to work together (anonymously).
From this point forward the couple pays for all expenses
related to the "Egg Donation" process for the Donor.
If you are currently taking the pill for birth control
you will be asked to stop taking it at this time.
The first step after being chosen by a couple is to
meet with the Psychologist for a psychological evaluation.
This is to make sure that you are of sound mind and
that this is emotionally appropriate for you. Assuming
that the Psychologist approves your capability to move
then you will go on to work with a fertility clinic.
The first appointment with the fertility clinic will
be for your cycle
day three test or your initial monitoring appointment
(which consist of a consultation with the physician,
a physical, medical screening, blood drawn to check
for HIV, Hepatitis as well as for other communicable
diseases, a urine sample for drug screening and possible
a culture for STD's.
Which ever is first, all three must be completed before
you can start on your fertility medication and proceed
to the retrieval.
After all the medical screening is complete, the Doctor
will walk you through the process and inform you how
and when to begin taking the fertility medication.
The fertility drugs are administered by injection that
you do yourself in the convenience of your own home
1-2 times a day for approx. 2 weeks(variations of administering
fertility medications vary from clinic to clinic). While
on fertility medication you may not engage in any physical
activity such as exercise and must refrain from sexual
activities until first menstrual cycle after retrieval
(usually 10-14 days after retrieval).
The final procedure will consist of the retrieval of
the eggs. At this time you will fly out to where the
Recipient Couple that you are working with is located
for approx. 5-9 days (all expenses paid by the Recipient).
You will go into the clinic that you are working with
daily for monitoring, and they will let you know what
day exactly will be your retrieval day. The surgery
takes about 30-40 minutes.
Recovery time varies from person to person, but most
Donors fly home the next day if they were required to
travel for the retrieval. Full recovery takes about
10-14 days or until you get your first menstrual cycle
after your retrieval.
Medical procedures may vary from Doctor to Doctor.
Any and all questions remaining should be addressed
to your assigned Doctor on your first visit.
Donor's are generally compensated $5,000-$10,000 (higher
compensations for proven donors) for their participation
upon completion of their egg donation, and are paid
within 72 hours of their retrieval (6 donations max.).
The compensation fee is based on per cycle not per egg
retrieved. After each cycle is complete Donors must
wait two -three months until they are able to have another
retrieval if and when re-selected by a new couple.
Depending on the Couple who chooses to work with you,
you may be required to travel (all expenses paid by
the Couple) 5-10 days at the end of your cycle and possibly
once at the beginning of your cycle.
Successful Donor candidates
should have the following attributes:
- Between the ages of 21 to 30
- Have good ovarian reserve as measured by a blood
- Have two ovaries
- Good family health history (Self, Mother, Father,Siblings
- Normal BMI (Body Mass Index)
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- No genetic/ hereditary diseases that run in family
- Have had a PAP smear done within the last year (please
attache copy with application)
- Not suffering from any medical/clinical disorders
(depression, anxiety, depression etc.)
- Drug free
- No more than 1/16th Native American
- Not adopted
- College educated (may be in first year of college)
- No piercing or tattoos within the last 12 months
- Willing to travel 5-10 days (all expenses paid)
- Have a high level of responsibility
**Donors must also not be on the depo-shot for birth
control. If you were taking the depo
shot you must be off the depo shot and had at least
one regular cycle.
** If you are sexually active
with a partner (husband, boyfriend etc.) 9 out of 10
clinics will require your partner to get tested for
sexually transmitted diseases. Your partner will have
to be willing to be tested.
As specified above, what is required of you
as a Donor:
- Upon being selected, enter into contract
- Donor must take and pass psychological evaluation
(paid by Recipient Couple)
- Donor must undergo blood testing, HIV testing,
pap smears, medical screening and drug testing (paid
by Recipient Couple)
- Be able to administer daily hormone medication
injections (Donor is taught injection administration
by a nurse)
- Able to travel 5-10 days (paid by Recipient Couple)
- Undergo frequent morning blood draws
- Undergo trans vaginal egg retrieval
- Must have high level of responsibility to meet
requirements of the program
- Be able to keep NWED updated on your cycle on a
The Medical Process:
The medical procedures leading up to the actual aspiration
begins with injections of Lupron to suppress your natural
menstrual cycle. The Lupron suppression assists in synchronizing
your cycle with the Recipient's cycle. Once the doctor
has synchronized the cycles, you will begin receiving
daily injections of Gonal-f, Fertinex or Follistim to
stimulate your ovaries. Ultrasound examinations are
then used to evaluate your ovaries' response to the
stimulation treatment and blood tests performed to monitor
your estradiol level. Your fertility medication dosage
will be adjusted based on these daily test results.
When your follicles (the part of the ovary that contains
the eggs) are sufficiently mature, you will receive
a single injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Approximately 36 hours after receiving this injection
you will undergo the egg retrieval under mild sedation.
You will be able to return home shortly after the procedure,
however due to the sedation, you will need a friend
to drive you home.
Medication Risks: You may experience
bruising, redness, burning, swelling and/or soreness
at the injection site. You may also experience some
abdominal bloating. Rarely do allergic reactions occur.
Infection: Infections are possible
following egg retrieval, but are rare. Antibiotics are
prescribed to help prevent infections.
Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome:
Occurring in 1-5% of cycles, the chance of OHSS is increased
in women with poly cystic ovarian syndrome. In severe
cases, hospitalization is required for monitoring, but
the condition does not usually last for more than one
** When you begin the medication process we take out
an insurance policy for all donors to cover them in
case complications were to occur.
If you meet the criteria above and would
like to be considered in participating in our Donor
program please click below and print put an application
and fax or send your information to a selected Donor
Coordinator from the list below.
Out Application - after clicking
on application link, it will take a minute to open due
large file size. Please attention the application
to the name of the Donor Coordinator's ad that you are
responding to (see list of donor coordinators below).
Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your information.
If you have been a donor before, please also print out the
"Medical Release Form" and fax it back with your
Medication Instruction Videos