How to Choose an Agency for Egg Donation

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Women considering egg donation in California, New York, or elsewhere in the U.S. have multiple options, and it can be a bit confusing to choose who to work with as an egg donor. For many potential egg donors, the decision comes down to trusting an agency that has the experience and reputation for providing support throughout the egg donation process.

You’ll have many questions during that process—legal questions, medical questions, accounting questions—that our team at Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation is uniquely qualified to answer. In this blog post, we’ll address the most important factors to consider when you’re looking for an agency to partner with as an egg donor. These factors include the agency’s experience, the types of egg donation they offer, its reputation among women who have worked with the agency, and what kind of support the agency offers.

How Much Experience Does the Agency Have?

The well-worn axiom that there’s no substitute for experience applies to choosing an agency to work with as an egg donor. Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, established in 1995 as one of the first surrogacy and egg donation agencies in the U.S., has an unmatched track record for successfully creating families. Over the past 25 years, we’ve refined our program so we can now offer egg donors, surrogates, and intended parents more support and options than ever before.

Personal experience also matters. Two of the 3 members of our Egg Donation team are experienced donors themselves. Danielle Adwell joined us after graduating magna cum laude from Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Maddie Arnold worked inside sales for a Fortune 500 company before becoming part of our egg donor team. Both Danielle and Maddie match intended parents with their perfect donor and use their own experiences as egg donors to help other donors understand the requirements and navigate the process.

Is the Egg Donation Process Clearly Explained?

First-time egg donors may be a bit overwhelmed by the information provided. The Circle Surrogacy team communicates clearly with potential egg donors, explaining the egg donation from start to finish in way that’s easy to understand. 

What Is Known Egg Donation?

Women considering egg donation have options regarding whether they want any relationship with intended parents. Unlike most surrogacy agencies, Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation actively encourages “known egg donation,” which provides intended parents the opportunity to contact you in the future if they or their children have questions. Known egg donation helps create meaningful and healthy relationships between egg donors, children, and parents.

What Is the Agency’s Reputation?

We live in an era in which people check Yelp reviews before choosing everything from where to eat to what plumber to hire. Choosing an agency as a potential egg donor is one of the most personal decisions you’ll make, and it’s important to know what previous egg donors have said about their experiences. Besides having 2 experienced egg donors on our team—which speaks volumes about what they thought of their experiences—we’re also proud to share what other Circle egg donors have said on our Testimonials page.

Some potential egg donors also consider donating to egg banks. Egg banks function in a completely different way than surrogacy agencies. For example, egg banks are set up to offer known egg donation and the success rate is typically lower than working with an agency.

How Much Support Do Egg Donors Get?

From the time one of our intake coordinators guides you through the initial application process to egg retrieval, you’ll want an agency that can answer all of your questions and is responsive to your needs. Circle provides egg donors with access to an independent attorney who represents your interests, offers social workers for emotional support, and ensures you get excellent medical care.

Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, and Boston, MA, and works with donors from throughout the U.S. If you’ve been thinking about becoming an egg donor, you can apply now to begin the process.