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5 Considerations To Think About Before Becoming an Egg Donor

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Written by Hatch Fertility

Congratulations! You’re considering becoming an egg donor. We get it, it’s a big decision -- one that will forever change a family.

But, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. To make the best decision for you, you’ll need to understand all the ins and outs of becoming a donor. 

Regardless of what program you select, the egg donor screening process will contain similar elements. After your application, you’ll undergo a screening in which your coordinator will ask you “Why do you want to be an egg donor?” This is important to determine if you’re a good candidate for egg donation and to ensure that everyone’s on the same page. 

When you decide to donate eggs, you’re allowing individuals who desire to become parents to bring their dreams to life -- literally. But before you sign the dotted line, you need to evaluate your own preparedness for this journey. 

Here are 5 questions you need to ask yourself before becoming an egg donor. 

Do I Meet the Egg Donor Requirements?

Let’s start with the basics. To become an egg donor, you must live a healthy lifestyle, have a clean medical record, and be willing to commit to the entire process.

At Hatch, we only accept the best of the best to be egg donors to ensure that we have well-qualified candidates. Here are a few additional qualifications that each donor must have at Hatch: 

  • Between age 19 and 30 
  • Weigh less than 160 lbs
  • Normal BMI between 18 and 26
  • No family history of inherited genetic disorders
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Not using Depo-Provera or contraceptive implants
  • Must have both ovaries
  • You have no reproductive problems
  • Non-smoker
  • No current use of drugs or excessive alcohol
  • No family history of inherited genetic disorders
  • Psychologically healthy
  • Willingness to take hormone injections
  • Dependable, mature, and able to keep appointments
  • Humanitarian motivation

As you can see, it’s quite an extensive list. We do this to ensure our intended parents a greater chance of success, and to keep the process safe for our donors. In coming to Hatch, you’ll be among the top 5% of all egg donor candidates. 

How Much Will I Make for Donating Eggs?

We understand this isn’t purely a financial decision, but we believe every woman should be compensated for their time and efforts.

For first-time egg donors, compensation typically starts at $10,000. However, donor compensation can be higher if women have high SAT/ACT scores, advanced education degrees, personal and athletic achievements, modeling experience, or other special qualifications.

For second- and third-time donors, your base compensation will be higher assuming the past cycles were successful. As a donor, you can use this money to pay for your education, travel, purchase a home, or even start your own business. Many donors use this compensation to make their dreams come true. 

Can I Take the Required Medications?

As an egg donor, you’ll need to take medications to ensure that your eggs are ready for retrieval and fertilization. To start your cycle, you’ll take birth control pills administered by your fertility clinic for 10 days to synchronize your cycle. 

After the 10 days are up, there are about 21 days of hormones that need to be taken. These are given by injection with a small gauge needle. These hormones may include a combination of: 

  • Lupron
  • Ganirelix Acetate
  • Cetrotide
  • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG)

When you take these medications following the BCP, the hormones will prepare your body for the egg retrieval. To ensure that your retrieval is successful, the medication will stimulate your ovaries and help your eggs mature. Some temporary side effects may include bloating, headaches, moodiness, and fatigue. Your doctor will provide one-on-one guidance and tricks to relieve these side effects. 

Will My Identity and Privacy Be Protected?

We take the privacy of our donors very seriously. All medical records, psychological evaluations, and clinical checkups are handled professionally to protect donor and recipient parent privacy.

Most donor matches are anonymous, meaning you won’t meet your recipient parents or be involved with their IVF journey. However, sometimes, the donor and parents choose to meet in what’s called an open donation. This is up to the comfort level of you and the intended parents, and is by no means expected from you.

Why Do You Want To Be an Egg Donor?

Last (but not least), why do you want to donate your eggs? When you become an egg donor, you’re helping others conceive who cannot do so on their own. Maybe you’ve seen someone you love struggle with infertility. Perhaps you know how devastating it can be for a couple to not have the family they desire.

This is where your role as an egg donor allows you to help. Egg donors are life-givers. You have the opportunity to help create a family and change the lives of the couples or individuals involved. That’s why, at Hatch, we believe that the selflessness of egg donation is one of the greatest gifts a woman can give.

However, know that It’s completely okay to balance the desire to help others with your need for financial compensation. No matter why you’re motivated to donate your eggs, you’re allowing intended parents to continue on their journey to parenthood and bring the baby they desire so desperately to life. There will never be a monetary sum great enough to compensate you for your donation, but we hope that you feel fulfilled and appreciated as you give life to those who desire it most.  

We’re Here To Answer Your Questions

Becoming an egg donor is a big deal. It’s a decision that will affect many lives, including your own. There’s no denying that donating your eggs is a sacrifice, and you’re giving the gift of life to a couple waiting for a family.

As the oldest egg donation agency in the country, we’ve seen it all. In coming to Hatch, you’ll realize this is a different kind of egg donor agency.  When you work with Hatch, you won’t just be a number -- your dedicated coordinator will work with you closely to meet your needs and provide you with the smoothest, most enjoyable experience possible. 

As an egg donor among the top 5% of candidates in the nation, you’ll receive generous compensation, emotional rewards and thank-you gifts. If you’re an intelligent, accomplished, healthy, and caring young woman who may be qualified to donate eggs, we’d love to welcome you into our competitive egg donor network.

So, don’t wait any longer and get the process going. And remember, we’re here for you every step of the way to answer all your questions.

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