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The Egg Donation Process

Using an Egg Donor to Build Your Family

Egg Donation is the process of using donor eggs to grow your family. Intended parents may require only an egg donor, or will need both an egg donor and a gestational surrogate. All family-building journeys are unique, and using an egg donor is a very special experience.


What is egg donation?

Egg donation is the process of a fertile woman donating her eggs to a family to create embryos. The embryo(s) are then transferred into the intended mother’s uterus – or the uterus of a gestational surrogate – to carry the baby to term.


Women choose to donate their eggs for reasons that go beyond financial incentives; they are dedicated to helping others have the families they hope for. Egg donors who work with reputable egg donor programs – such as Everie Egg Donation – are emotionally, mentally and physically prepared for the egg donation process.

The Egg Donation Process

1. Identify a Donor Match

2. Fresh vs. Frozen Eggs

3. Your Journey With Us

Identify a Donor Match

If you require an egg donor for your parenthood journey, the first step is identifying a donor match. Intended parents can search egg donor databases to find the woman who best fits what they are looking for. We recommend searching the donor database from our partner agency, Everie. The database is filled with hundreds of bright, young women who are educated about what it means to be a donor, have passed our preliminary screenings and are eager to help you.

Egg donor databases include women who are usually between the ages of 21-29, from all different ethnicities and backgrounds.


Fresh Vs. Frozen Eggs

Once you identify a donor, you will move forward in the egg donation process. If you choose a frozen egg donation, you will purchase your lot(s) of eggs and begin to create your embryos. If you choose a fresh egg donor cycle, your donor will be medically screened and she will begin medications to prepare her body for her egg retrieval.


Your Journey With Us

If you choose to work with Everie and choose a donor match from their database, the team will manage all aspects of your egg donation closely. And should you also require a surrogate and match with a Circle Surrogacy surrogate, your Circle team will coordinate your entire egg donation journey for you.


What is the difference between fresh egg donation and frozen egg donation?

Egg donation has two cycle types: fresh and frozen.

Fresh Egg Donation

During this cycle type you will match with an egg donor who will then go through her medical screening, medication protocol and her egg retrieval. At this point, you have the option of freezing her eggs to fertilize later, or to fertilize them after the retrieval and freezing any embryos created.

Frozen Egg Donation

In frozen egg donation, the egg donor has already undergone her medical screening, medications and egg retrieval. After her retrieval any eggs collected were frozen into lots or batches of eggs (usually 6-8 eggs). Intended parents can then purchase one or more lots of eggs to thaw and create embryos.

Parents with newborn and surrogate


Circle offers the personalized feel of a small agency, with the resources of a large agency.

Our team members are experienced surrogates and can expertly guide surrogates through the process


Best-in-class surrogates and service.

Intended parents choose to work with Circle Surrogacy because we give them access to a full-service program with highly-screened surrogates, dedicated interdisciplinary experts and a long history of success.


Most comprehensive surrogate benefits and support.

Surrogates select Circle Surrogacy as their agency because our program is created with surrogates in mind: competitive pay, guaranteed security and unbeatable support. Our team members are experienced surrogates and can expertly guide surrogates through the process.

Learn more about fresh and frozen egg donation with Everie.

Should I choose fresh or frozen egg donation?

There are a few factors to consider when choosing fresh or frozen egg donation.

Timing & Flexibility

Using a frozen donor can mean a shorter timeline to embryo creation, and more flexibility with scheduling.


Fresh eggs can cost up to four times more than frozen eggs. However, you will have more control (and potentially more eggs) with a fresh donation.


Frozen eggs can be preserved at a very high quality, however some parents may feel a fresh egg donation cycle will provide a higher chance at bringing home a baby.


Frozen eggs are acquired in small batches (usually 6 or 8 eggs). With fresh egg donation, parents will receive all of the eggs retrieved from their donor (10 to 20+ eggs on average). More eggs provides more chances for high-quality embryos. Fresh donations also allow more eggs for fertilization with two sperm sources for LGBTQ families.

What level of communication will I have with my donor?

You can determine the level of communication you would like with your egg donor. For example, at Everie, there are four types of egg donation, each with a different degree of relationship between parents and donors.

  • This type of egg donation welcomes an active, ongoing relationship between the egg donor, the recipient parents, and any children they may create together. We believe this is the most rewarding type of egg donation for everyone involved, giving donor-conceived individuals a chance to know their origin.

  • Both parties are willing to meet (virtually or physically) but choose to limit which parts of their identities are disclosed.

  • This type of donation keeps the donor’s and the parents’ identities confidential from each other but allows information to be released to any children conceived from the donor’s eggs when they are of legal age.

  • In this type of donation the donor chooses to not share her identity or contact information with the parents or any donor-conceived children her eggs may produce.

There is no such thing as “anonymous” egg donation anymore, with genetic testing kits readily available and the amount of information that can be found online.

Should I choose a donor first or match with a surrogate first?

If you require both an egg donor and a gestational surrogate, we recommend signing on with your surrogacy agency to secure a spot on the surrogate match list. As you are waiting for your surrogate match, you can begin the egg donation process of matching with a donor and creating your embryos. Once your embryos are created and you are matched with your surrogate, you will prepare for your embryo transfer.

Why We Recommend Everie Egg Donation

There are many options when it comes to egg donation agencies and egg banks. Being part of the fertility community for over three decades, we recommend Everie for the following reasons:

Fresh and frozen cycle types

They promote disclosed egg donations for the benefit of all parties involved

Their Mutual Match™ model

Their extensive donor database

They have 25+ years experience

Everie’s program is the most forward-thinking program available. The process and programs have been developed to support thoughtful decision making around Mutual Matching™ and disclosed donations allowing donors and parents to have an open line of communication, all for the benefit of the donor-conceived individual.

You can learn more about Everie Egg Donation and their programs and process here.

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  • The level of communication you have with your donor will depend on the type of egg donation you (and your donor) choose. If you are interested in an “anonymous” relationship, you can choose De-Identified egg donation, but please know that with the advancement of technology and genetic testing that it’s very hard to have a truly anonymous donation.

  • No. You will work closely with legal counsel for your egg donation contract and any parental rights paperwork necessary.

  • The number of embryos that result from an egg donation varies on a few factors: how many eggs you are fertilizing, the success of the fertilization and the growth and development of each embryo. Instead, you can focus on the number of eggs that you will have available to you to fertilize: 6-8 with frozen eggs and about 10-20+ (average) with a fresh donor.

  • If you are using a surrogate, it is likely required to have tested embryos. If you are not using a surrogate, it may be recommended by your clinic to test your embryos, but not necessarily required.

  • No. If you choose a frozen egg donation, the eggs can be shipped to your clinic. If you choose to do a live (fresh) egg retrieval, your egg donor will travel to your clinic (intended parents are responsible for the egg donor’s travel costs).

Egg Donation FAQs

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