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An Opportunity to Give Starts Here

Being an egg donor may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lifetime. Can you imagine wanting to start a family only to be faced with disappointment? Egg donation is a wonderful opportunity for one woman to help another and turn that disappointment into joy – the joy of experiencing what most couples dream of… the dream of becoming parents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are those most frequently asked by our donor applicants. Please understand that when you meet with an Egg Donor Select® representative in person, any additional questions you may have will be answered. Only when you are comfortable and feel well-educated on the egg donation process, will we post your profile to be viewed by prospective parents.

We understand that any question that is important to you is a question worth asking.


Who will receive my eggs?

Who will be viewing my online profile?

What are prospective parents looking for in an egg donor?

What happens after I am chosen?

How many clinic visits are required?

What are the risks and side effects?

What is the ideal age for egg donation?

Will I run out of eggs if I give them to someone else?

I have an IUD, can I still donate?

I just had a baby, can I still donate?

How long is the entire process?

What happens during the retrieval?

How long do the side effects last?

What is my compensation?

Is donor compensation taxable?

How often can I donate?

Will it cost me anything to donate eggs?





Who will receive my eggs?

Our service is used to help recipients struggling with infertility who are in need of egg donation. In many cases they have spent thousands of dollars trying to conceive and are now faced with two primary options: egg donation or adoption. Through the donation of your healthy eggs, the recipient will likely be able to fulfill her dreams of achieving pregnancy and deliver a child of her own.

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Who will be viewing my online profile?

Our website is password protected. Recipients and clinic physicians and staff working with Egg Donor Select are allowed access.

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What are prospective parents looking for in an egg donor?

More often than not, the recipient will seek someone physically and intellectually similar to herself or her partner. Hair color, eye color, height, level of education, interests… all facilitated through the information provided in your online profile and photos posted.

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What happens after I am chosen?

Please view our "What to Expect" area on our website.

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How many clinic visits are required?

You need to be available for approximately 8 to 10 clinic visits, the majority being monitoring appointments while administering the follicle stimulating medications.

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What are the risks and side effects?

TThe infertility physician will explain specific side effects related to the medications you will be administering. These may include:

  • Bloating
  • Moodiness and Sensitivity
  • OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome)

    This occurs in 1% to 2% of all treatments involving follicle stimulating medications. This is a condition in which your body has overly-responded to the medications, which presents with the ovaries becoming excessively enlarged. This is the most significant risk involved in egg donation and one that should not be taken lightly. It is commonly treated with rest and the possible administration of antibiotics.

    Carefully monitoring your treatment prior to retrieval is the most important aspect in preventing OHSS. Most donors who experience OHSS feel a mild discomfort in the days before and after the retrieval. You are fully covered by an insurance policy should you require additional medical attention due to ovarian hyperstimulation.

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What is the ideal age for egg donation?

Statistically, women in their mid-20s are considered ideal candidates for egg donation. Egg Donor Select accepts donor candidates who are between 21 and 29 years old.

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Will I run out of eggs if I give them to someone else?

No. Few women are aware that each month many eggs are dissolved and absorbed by their own bodies prior to the selection of the single egg that will be ovulated. Fertility medications preserve a portion of these excess eggs, which the body would have ordinarily discarded. Therefore, no additional eggs are used up in the process.

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I have an IUD, can I still donate?

Yes. Once you are chosen as a donor, you will be asked to have your IUD removed at your own expense. If a donor has her own insurance, this is often covered.

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I just had a baby, can I still donate?

Yes, provided you are no longer breast feeding.

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How long is the entire process?

Once a donor is chosen, the cycle is most often completed within three months.

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What happens during the retrieval?

You will feel no discomfort as anesthesia is administered. The follicles are retrieved vaginally through an ultrasound guided needle.

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How long do the side effects last?

Most side effects will dissipate within 3-4 days after retrieval.

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What is my compensation?

Our compensation begins at $4500 and increases for each subsequent cycle. We strictly adhere to the compensation guidelines set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

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Is donor compensation taxable?

Egg Donor Select is responsible for reporting donor compensation to the Internal Revenue Service. Donors will receive a Form 1099 from Egg Donor Select by January 31 of the following year. It is the donor’s sole responsibility to include this Form 1099 when reporting income to the IRS.

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How often can I donate?

Egg Donor Select adheres to the guidelines presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which allow for a maximum of six cycles per donor.

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Will it cost me anything to donate eggs?

There are no out-of-pocket fees for participating in our program. Any travel expenses are paid for by the recipients through our program. You will be reimbursed for all donor related expenses.

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