You probably still have many questions about what it means to be an egg donor and the egg donation requirements. We are often asked if egg donation puts the donor at risk for infertility in the future. RCA Donors is here to tell you that it does not. The fertility medication you receive as an egg donor causes your body to develop eggs that would usually be discarded naturally. Becoming an egg donor does not affect your ability to conceive.
To learn more about becoming an Egg Donor schedule a consultation by filling out our contact form, or call us at (475) 277-0737 to answer any further questions you may have.
If you are looking to donate eggs, RCA Donors will pay up to $12,000 for a successful egg donation procedure ($8,000 for first-time donors). Please fill out our Application Form to apply, and we will be in contact with you for the next steps to becoming an egg donor.
Egg Donors are matched with prospective parents before starting a cycle. Egg donors are screened at RCA's facilities.
For more information about how to become an egg donor, read below:
Egg Donor Requirements
Please review the following minimum qualifications to become an egg donor.
• Between the ages of 20 and 31
• Physically healthy
• Have a healthy weight BMI 19-29 (BMI Calculator)
• No Nicotine or drug use
• No family history of inheritable genetic disorders
If the above minimum donor egg requirements are met, please complete and submit the online application.
An egg donor clinic screening includes the following:
Fertility Screening: A donor's ovaries will be examined for the ability to produce eggs through a physical/pelvic exam, and blood tests. To determine ovarian function and reserve, the egg donor may also need to have a vaginal sonogram on the second or third day of menstruation.
Medical Screening: This involves testing for blood type, infectious diseases, drug use, and general health.
Genetic Screening: Family history will be evaluated to raise awareness of possible hereditary diseases or genetic disorders. Testing consists of blood tests for genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and more.
Psychological Screening: The donor will be asked to speak with a psychologist to make sure she fully understands the benefits and risks of egg donation and has proper motivations for becoming a donor.
To begin the egg donation cycle, the egg donor will be put on birth control pills, which synchronize both the donor's and recipient's menstruation cycles.
After the third week of her cycle, the egg donor will have a vaginal sonogram and begin daily self-injections of Lupron hormones. Self-injections of Lupron will be administered for 7-14 days.
Next, a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) will be self-injected for approximately 8-10 days to grow the egg follicles.
Egg donors are monitored daily during the FSH injections to measure the follicle growth and make sure it is within a healthy and appropriate range. Clinics use vaginal sonograms and blood tests to monitor follicle growth.
Another STI (sexually transmitted infections) screening will be given to the egg donor before retrieval.
Once the follicles have matured enough for retrieval, an injection of HCG is administered. HCG prepares the egg donor’s ovaries to release the eggs.
Egg retrieval will take place approximately 36 hours after the HCG injection.
The donor will be given a light IV sedation for the egg retrieval procedure to ensure their comfort. Under ultrasound guidance, the physician will pass a needle through the vaginal wall and aspirate the follicle fluid which contains the eggs.
Egg retrieval is a short procedure, generally lasting 30 minutes or less. After the retrieval, the donor will be monitored for an hour or two before a family member or friend can drive her home.
The donor can return to their normal routine one day after retrieval, except for physically strenuous activity or exercise.