What are the requirements to be an egg donor?
Candidates for anonymous egg donation are healthy, non-smoking women between the ages of 21-32 who are of average weight and do not have significant medical illnesses. All candidates will undergo comprehensive medical screening and psychological evaluation to determine their eligibility.
Who would receive my eggs?
Our egg donor recipients are women age 50 or under who typically have any of the following:
- Complete ovarian failure due to autoimmune disease, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, genetic illnesses, surgical removal of ovaries, menopause
- Poor ovarian response/reserve due to delayed childbearing
- Previously failed IVF cycles or unexplained infertility
- A history of familial genetic disease risk, which could affect offspring
How will I be compensated for my participation?
Anonymous egg donors are reimbursed for their time and effort. They are not responsible for any procedure costs.
What is the screening process for egg donation?
There is a rigorous screening process for all parties involved. This includes a complete history and physical exam, blood work, lab testing for transmissible diseases, and genetic abnormalities and psychological evaluation.
Once preliminary screening has been completed, donors are notified whether they qualify to participate. This does not mean there is anything wrong with donors who are not accepted – we must have very rigorous exclusion criteria for the benefit of both donor and recipient. It is essential to make sure no one regrets participation in the program.
How will my privacy be protected?
Donor information is strictly confidential and is unavailable to the recipient couple, except for the genetic and family history from the questionnaire. The egg donor and the recipient couple never meet. All treatments are scheduled at different times. Donors will be given numbers used for identification. Recipients can choose to disclose or withhold from the OB/GYN physician how their pregnancy was achieved. The donor is not informed of the cycle outcome.
Will donating eggs reduce my chances of getting pregnant later?
Women are born with approximately one million eggs, more than what they will ever use in their lifetime. There is no scientific evidence that donating eggs will decrease your chances of pregnancy in the future.
If you have any questions or would like to request an information packet, call the Washington University Infertility and Reproductive Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at 314-286-2425.