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Becoming an Egg Donor: The Circle Egg Donation Process

Becoming an egg donor is a meaningful experience. Women who donate their eggs to help grow another family are generous and selfless. Learn about Circle's step-by-step process below.

Egg donor application

For our prospective egg donors, we've made the application process as simple as possible, while keeping it thorough and robust enough to accurately assess whether or not becoming an egg donor is right for you.

Apply to be an egg donor

The first step in becoming an egg donor is to fill out our egg donor application. You'll be asked to register with your name and email, and you'll be emailed a link to the application. It's easy to fill out and you can do it right from your phone.

You'll be asked to provide information about yourself, medical history, and the types of families you are willing to help. Once your application is complete and you seem like a good egg donor candidate, our Egg Donor Coordinator will reach out to you.

Matching with intended parents

Once intended parents have an interest in working with you, the matching process begins. Ensuring you're matched with parents who share similar interests, desires and beliefs as you is an integral part of the Circle journey.

How you match with intended parents

We start the matching process when an intended parent expresses interest in working with you. Matching at Circle Egg Donation is a reciprocal process. We believe that intended parents should choose their egg donors and egg donors should decide whom they want to help.

We’ll send you a redacted profile of any intended parents who wish to work with you so you can learn more about them. Intended parents and egg donors have the option to choose between three different types of egg donation: Known (when both parties agree to meet, and have an open relationship; Semi-Known (some information is shared and both parties communicate via video or phone to the level at which they are comfortable); Anonymous (no identifying details are shared about either party and they do not have a relationship beyond the egg donation). Circle encourages Known Egg Donation, as we feel it is the most rewarding for all parties involved – including the baby that is born.

Psychological screening

After we've successfully matched you with your intended parents, we take you through a psychological screening to make sure you're fully prepared and fit to be an egg donor with Circle Egg Donation.

How egg donors are screened

As part of the egg donation process, first you will participate in a 45-60 minute screening with a social worker by phone. The screening helps us identify any illnesses, emotional problems and personality disorders that might not make you a good fit for egg donation.

Secondly, you'll take a psychological exam conducted by a clinical psychologist via webcam. This is a multiple choice and true/false standardized test used widely in egg donation evaluations by agencies and clinics.

Legal contracts

Egg donors negotiate and sign a contract with their intended parents that outlines the plan for the egg donation process. Your intended parents will have an attorney, and we'll provide an independent attorney to represent you while the terms of your agreement are worked through.

Why do egg donors need a contract?

Being on the same page with your intended parents throughout the egg donation process is a must. Knowing this, Circle provides an independent attorney to represent you while the legal terms of your contractual agreement are worked out.

Some items included in your egg donor contract will be the type of egg donation you and your IPs will be doing (Known, Semi-Known or Anonymous) and what future contact looks like; control of the eggs/embryos and parentage of any children that result from the eggs/embryos.

Medical screening

Following the psychological screening, we have all egg donor candidates go through a medical and genetic screening. This is to confirm that our egg donors are free of any diseases – including alcoholism and drug addiction – before moving forward with their journeys.

What the egg donor medical screening is like

Once you've passed the psychological screening, you’ll meet with the IVF doctor who will perform a thorough medical and genetic screening. The physician draws blood and checks for any sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, hepatitis and drug/nicotine use.

The medical screening may require travel, in which case Circle arranges your travel and your intended parents cover the costs. The medical screening is generally an overnight trip to your intended parents' IVF clinic.

Fertility treatments (Birth control and injections)

Fertility treatments are necessary for egg donors to stimulate the production of eggs. Your doctor will work with you to find the medications that are right for you, so that you can coordinate your cycle with the intended mother or surrogate mother.

What types of medications do egg donors take?

Medications are given to suppress the menstrual cycle, and ovarian stimulating medications are given to stimulate the production of eggs. Most of these medications are injections that are self-administered for two-four weeks (this can vary) until the egg retrieval. The medications help coordinate your cycle with the intended mother or the surrogate mother.

Examples of these medications include birth control pills, Lupron, Ganirelix, Follistim, Gonal-F, Menopur and HCG. These may be used in different combinations depending on the clinic and physician, and some of the medications are known by various names.

You'll likely have a few local monitoring appointments near your home within the 10 days leading up to your retrieval. You’ll have your last monitoring appointments at the IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen.

Egg retrieval

At Circle Surrogacy, we make the egg retrieval process easy. Once your eggs are ready to be retrieved, you and a travel companion will travel to the U.S. IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen, and you'll undergo the retrieval process, which typically takes 20 to 60 minutes.

What to expect at the egg retrieval

The egg retrieval process is done at the U.S. IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen. If you're traveling, the trip will likely be four to nine days. The retrieval is done vaginally under a mild intravenous sedation. The process takes about 20 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. Afterward, you may experience some mild-to-moderate abdominal cramping, spotting or bloating.

A travel companion is required to attend this trip with you to assist you back to the hotel after the procedure. You'll travel home the day following your egg retrieval and you should feel normal anywhere between a few days and a week after your procedure.

Egg donor payments (compensation)

One of the things that makes egg donation so special is the fact that you're doing more than making a family's dream come true – you're making your dreams come true, too. All donors receive a sizable compensation, enough to do something you've always wished for and dreamed of.

How much do egg donors make?

Our first-time donors generally receive $9,000, whereas experienced and successful donors as well as donor types from specific descents that are harder to find may receive a higher fee. The social worker who screens you will be happy to discuss suggested fees based on the norms of our agency.

The family that you donate to will be responsible for medical bills, travel bills and other expenses related to the donation.

Donating your eggs is a wonderful to way to help a family while helping yourself as well. While the money may not be your motivating factor in donating your eggs, egg donors have shared that they've used their compensation to go towards college, put into savings or even taken a trip they've been wanting to do!

Retrieval results and confirmation to donate again

In the final step of your egg donation process, you'll learn the results of your egg retrieval, and, if interested, you'll have the option to update your profile to match with new intended parents for another egg donation.

What happens after your egg retrieval

After you've completed your egg retrieval and travel home, you'll receive an email from your program coordinator with explanations for the next steps, which include returning your travel receipts and receiving your final payment as well as information on donating again.

They'll also explain the process of waiting on results, including the number of eggs retrieved and how many matured, were fertilized, transferred and frozen. We'll also await pregnancy results, if applicable. You'll sign a medical release so Circle may obtain these records from the IVF clinic to save in your file, and, if you wish, we can update your profile to match you with new intended parents for your next egg donation.

My intended parents are so nice!!! I loved talking to them. I sincerely hope they feel the same because I would love to continue this process for them. I feel like they will be fantastic, wonderful parents. I would be very happy to help complete their family. Thank you so much for facilitating this match.

Today marks one week from the day that I was accepted to Circle as a potential egg donor. With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I wanted to write and say I am very thankful for this opportunity. I also wanted to wish the staff a happy Thanksgiving, as I think what you all do on a daily basis is amazing. :-) Hope all is going well!

It has been several years since I was a donor with you. I have since donated an additional 3 times here in WA state, (all successful, Yay). The experience I had with Circle Surrogacy was unlike anything else. I felt so informed and so comfortable working with Circle. I remember wanting to donate and being so scared, but the Circle staff made me feel so at ease that I donated an additional 5 times! I really could go on and on but I'll spare you for now, (mainly because I'm typing from my phone).

My egg donation cycle is officially over! I'll find out in two months or so whether the pregnancy is successful or not! I'm definitely planning on donating again; this has been one of the most rewarding things I've done. If you want to sign up yourself, I'd recommend Circle Egg Donation. They are who I donated with, and they were FANTASTIC!

To know that you guys care about your clients years after you work with them says so much about the actual humanity of the company you represent. How hopeful. And it says so much about the strength behind our beliefs on egg donation and surrogacy and adoption for all sorts of people. This is really beautiful.

I want to thank you so much for all your help through this process! You were very patient and caring with me whenever I'd reach out to you with any questions or concerns. I will definitely contact your Egg Donor Coordinator because I would love to do this again. I'm so happy for my intended parent. I hope she gets the family she so desires.