Frequently Asked Questions for Egg Donors
General and Contacts
- Between 20-29 years of age (up to 31 for experienced donors),
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 28 (calculate your BMI here),
- No more than one occurrence of the same cancer in family history (except leukemia and lung),
- No heart disease under age 55 in family history,
- No use of illegal drugs or cigarettes, or alcohol abuse,
- No psychiatric hospitalizations.
- Minimum of high school degree (college degree preferred)
- Applicants of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Must be comfortable with giving yourself daily injections.
- Semi-anonymous or identified donation is when you donate your eggs and limit the amount of information that is shared. For example, you can decide you do not want to exchange information but may want to meet in person at our office.
- In a known donation, we can set up communication between parties and you can carry on the relationship to your agreed upon level of comfort. For example you can meet and exchange information to be in touch in the future if necessary or can form a friendship and have consistent contact. Our social workers will discuss this further and answer any questions in your screening.
Our first time donors generally receive a fee of $8,000 whereas experienced and successful donors will receive a higher fee. It can also vary based on certain characteristics that are harder to find such as a professional degree, etc. The social worker who screens you will be happy to discuss suggested fees based on the norms of our agency.
Total payments to donors in excess of $8,000 require justification and sums above $10,000 are not appropriate; Circle Surrogacy complies with guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for egg donation compensation.
Will donating affect my own fertility?
No relationship between egg donation and future fertility has been clearly established, although research is continuing. Egg donation does not deplete your ovarian reserve. Each month you release a number of eggs, but only one comes to maturity, generally. The hormones administered in the donation process stimulate more than one to reach maturity. Women in their 20s have hundreds of thousands of viable eggs, although the number diminishes over time.