For many couples struggling with infertility, using a donor egg may be the best option for having a baby. By donating your eggs, you are helping them turn their dream of building a family into a reality.
At the Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Center, we offer comprehensive services for egg donation. Our fertility specialist teams have extensive experience in the latest techniques, helping ensure a smooth process.
Why Donate Your Eggs?
By donating your eggs to our program, you will be working with a team who has been using donor eggs to help women achieve pregnancy since 1991. Our donors report that both the financial compensation and the emotional reward are equally compelling.
For screening women, we follow guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In our specific criteria, we look for women who:
- Are between ages 21 and 34
- Do not use tobacco or illicit drugs
- Have regular ovulation and menstrual cycles
- Test negative for all sexually transmitted diseases and genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy
You may have many reasons to decide to donate your eggs, such as:
- Financial compensation: All the medical expenses in the donation process will be completely covered. In addition, you will receive $5,000 as compensation for your time if you go through the entire process.
- Emotional satisfaction: Knowing that you are helping others realize their dream of building a family can be its own reward.
Egg Donation: What to Expect
If you are considering donating your eggs through our program, our reproductive specialists will help you understand the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have. The donation process includes:
- Medical screening: Before accepting women into our egg donor program, we do a comprehensive physical exam and blood work. You will also meet with a genetic counselor to discuss your family medical history.
- Psychological screening: We require you to meet with one of our counselors to talk through the emotional issues that may come up regarding egg donation.
- Education to self-administer medications: Once you’re approved as an egg donor, we will set up an appointment to teach you how to inject the ovulation-stimulating medications for the donation cycle.
- Careful monitoring: During a donation cycle, we will monitor you carefully – performing frequent blood tests and ultrasounds to assess the progress of your follicles. This process requires five to seven visits lasting about 30 minutes each.
- Egg retrieval procedure: When the follicles are mature, we will schedule the egg retrieval. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. However, you will be at the office for two to three hours. You will be under light sedation during the procedure. Your doctor will remove several eggs from your ovaries using a very thin needle guided by a vaginal ultrasound.
- Abstinence from sex: You can become pregnant during an egg donation cycle. Therefore, we ask that you abstain from intercourse from the time you start the stimulation medications until three weeks after the egg retrieval.
To make an appointment with a Washington University fertility and reproductive medicine specialist at the Women & Infants Center, call 855.925.0631.