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Egg Donor FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the egg donation process take?

A: In total, the egg donation process spreads over approximately 3 to 5 weeks of calendar time (roughly 8 appointments). The ELITE IVF team will be there to guide you the entire way — from preparation to egg retrieval and recovery.

Is my egg donation anonymous?
A: Yes. Donor confidentiality is protected by a legal consent form signed by both the donor and the recipient.
What if I wish to have an Open ID egg donation?
A: An anonymous donation is when personally identifiable information about the donor is not disclosed by the intended parents. This allows the donor to retain their privacy in years to come.
An open donation, on the other hand, allows the intended parents or child (once he/she reaches the age of 18) to access information about the egg donor.
Both donors and recipients have full control in choosing whether they wish to participate in an anonymous or open donation program.
Do I have any responsibility to any children who may be born?
A: No. The future intended parents assume total responsibility for children born. Once the egg retrieval is complete, your role as an egg donor is complete. If an embryo is formed through fertilization of the donor’s eggs, the legal responsibility over that embryo goes automatically to the intended parents (the recipients of the donation).
If I donate my eggs, will I run out?
A: No. Women are born with approximately 2 million eggs and a small amount of these are released and become “wasted” each month through your natural ovulation and menstruation cycle. The egg donation process only uses the eggs that would have been depleted through your period/monthly cycle, meaning these eggs would have been lost regardless.
Can I donate my eggs more than once?
A: Yes. You may participate in a maximum of six cycles of ovulation induction, each cycle at least three months from the last. You can participate in our egg donation program if you have not been subject to hormonal therapies for ovulation induction for at least three months.
Is there medical screening involved?
A: Yes. ELITE IVF requires all potential donors to undergo testing (both blood and urine) to ensure that candidates are in good health and do not carry any infectious diseases or genetic disorders. ELITE IVF’s egg donation programs follow donor screening guidelines recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).
Are there any short-term risks?
A: Like most medical procedures, egg donation does carry small risks and possible side effects.
Common side effects of the egg donation medication are temporary and may include headaches, mood swings, bloating, nausea, and/or brief injection site reactions. Any symptoms will typically subside 48 hours after egg donation. Our medical team will remain in close contact with each and every donor to ensure all her needs are met. The team will also deal with any issues that arise, from medication to travel and wage reimbursement.
There is a very small risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, which occurs in just 1-3% of cases.
Where is the egg donation process performed?
A: The egg donation transfer is performed by ELITE IVF’s medical partner clinics and our leading team of fertility specialists.
The choice of clinic is based on both the location of the donor and the requirements of the intended parents. ELITE IVF serves clinics and patients from Europe, North America, The Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Will I have to take time off from school or work?
A: Possibly. The half-day screening appointment and ovarian stimulation monitoring appointments are usually scheduled in the mornings, and can be scheduled before the usual work or school hours. There are typically between two and eight appointments required during the stimulation process leading up to the retrieval procedure. A full day is required for the egg retrieval process. All expenses and lost wages will be reimbursed.
What if I have questions throughout the process?
A: ELITE IVF provides every donor with an egg donation coordinator who is on hand to support you and answer any questions you may have. You will also be assigned your own medical coordinator.

Testimonials

Giving someone the opportunity to have the family they dreamed of has been more rewarding than I could have imagined.

Maria S., Egg Donor