Do I have to be a certain age to donate my eggs?
Donors must be between the ages of 20-30.
What is the first step in being considering for egg donation?
To begin the screening process, you must complete the online questionnaire at www.fcidonor.com. You will receive an email containing further instructions.
What is the screening process and what does it include?
The Fertility Centers of Illinois screening process is thorough and follows the standards set for by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. All screening is completed with the best interests of the donor and intended parents in mind. The screening process allows us to evaluate reproductive potential as well as ensure safety on behalf of the donor. We are the only clinic to require these stringent screening methods for our donors and intended parents. To learn more about our screening methods, click here. It is required that all donors have a pap smear within the last 24 months to undergoing screening.
Can I donate more than once?
A donor may donate six times in her lifetime per the ASRM guidelines. After each donor cycle is completed, a medical evaluation will be made in order to assess whether an additional cycle is advisable.
Can I donate if I just had a child?
It is not possible to donate while you are breastfeeding. Donors must have had three menstrual cycles in order to become an egg donation candidate.
Can I donate if I have had a tubal ligation?
You can still be a donor if you have had a tubal ligation. Eggs will be retrieved transvaginally prior to being released into the fallopian tubes.
If I have gotten a tattoo or body piercing, can I still donate?
Yes, but you must submit a clearance letter from the facility stating the tattoo or piercing was given under sterile conditions prior to prescreening.
The Egg Donation Process:
Why do couples use egg donors?
Some couples wish to conceive and carry a child, but do not have viable eggs from which to create a pregnancy. This can be due to maternal age, infertility issues, health complications, or a desire to prevent passing on genetic abnormalities. By using an egg donor, couples are able to conceive a child using the sperm of the intended father or donor sperm and a donor egg, which can then be carried by the intended mother or a surrogate.
Can I take birth control and donate?
This can vary depending upon the birth control method being used. While you are waiting to be matched you may continue use of birth control, but with certain birth control methods such as Norplant or Depo Provera, you must discontinue use for several months prior to donation. If you have a birth control method that does not release any level of hormone, such as Paraguard, you may be able to donate without removal.
How many eggs am I born with?
Each woman is born with roughly two million eggs, which are reduced to 200,000 by her first menstruation. Each month, an egg is released during ovulation.
How many eggs will be removed?
During a typical egg donation cycle, approximately 10-20 eggs are removed.
Will donating affect my ability to have children in the future?
Donating your eggs has no known impact on your fertility. In fact, going through the process allows for donors to be empowered with fertility knowledge as well as learn more about their personal fertility potential.
How much time is required to be an egg donor?
The average cycle takes 2-3 months to complete from match date to retrieval. The actual time a donor is on medication will vary based on bodily response to stimulation but the normal range is 10-13 days. The donor screening will require three hours of your time between two appointments. Prior to your egg retrieval, you will need to complete roughly 6-9 blood/ultrasound monitoring appointments in the morning, which will require typically one hour of your time. After completing an egg retrieval, you will need to rest for one day.
Do I need to take medication?
Fertility medication will be required in order to assist the body in developing eggs for the egg retrieval. Daily injectable medication will be required prior to the retrieval. A nurse specializing in assisted reproduction and third-party reproduction will review all medication instructions with you and answer any questions you may have. For more information please go to www.fcidonor.com .
Does the egg retrieval process hurt?
Donors are sedated during the retrieval process and do not experience any discomfort during the retrieval. Afterwards you may experience short-term side effects such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or sleepiness. We recommend that donors rest for 24 hours. It is required that someone pick you up and after the egg retrieval.
Are there any side effects from fertility medication?
While most egg donors do not experience side effects from fertility medication, you may experience bloating, weight gain, pelvic discomfort, or moodiness. All side effects subside within roughly 5-7 days.
Are there any risks associated with egg donation?
Egg donation is a low-risk procedure and donors are closely monitored by specialists to ensure a healthy, safe cycle. As with any medical procedure, there are minor risks involved. A donor coordinator will discuss potential risks in detail during your screening appointment.
Will the egg donation process affect my menstrual cycle?
Your menstrual cycle will cease during the egg donation process and resume within 5-10 days of your retrieval.
Can I have sex during the donation process?
No. Due to your heightened fertility potential due to medication and the possibility of potential pregnancy, it is REQUIRED that you refrain from sexual intercourse until after the egg retrieval. Your nurse will inform you when you must abstain from intercourse during your egg donation.
Will I be more fertile after donating?
You will have heightened fertility for one month after your egg retrieval. Your fertility will return to normal after one month.
Will I meet the couple who will be using my eggs?
No. The FCI donor program is anonymous.
Can I be contacted by the child in the future?
A donor cannot be contacted by the child unless they choose to be contacted. A donor is anonymous and FCI protects a donor’s anonymity. We require a legal agreement between a donor and recipient that states what the preferences are regarding future contact.
What can I do if I want to learn more about egg donation?
Coverage & Compensation:
Do I need to have health insurance?
You do not need to have health insurance to be an egg donor. All medical costs will be covered by the intended parents, including any potential medical issues that arise which are related to the egg donation cycle.
Who pays my medical bills?
Intended parents cover all medical bills during or related to the egg donation process.
How much will I be compensated?
A donor is compensated $7,000.
When will I receive my compensation?
Donors receive compensation within 5 days of their retrieval date.