Frequently Asked Questions by Donors

Frequently Asked Questions by Donors

Q. Will the egg donation process effect my chances of becoming pregnant in the future?

A. It should not, since the risk of infertility for an Egg Donor is not higher than the general population. The risk of a severe complication related to egg donation is less than .05% and even less for a complication that could impact fertility.  Alternative Conceptions Today works with doctors who are highly qualified practitioners who follow the highest medical standards.

Q. How long does the process take once I sign up?

A. Matching a Donor with Intended Parents is variable. However, once the Match is made it generally takes an average of 3 months until the retrieval takes place.

Q. How much will I be paid to donate my eggs?

A. Alternative Conceptions Today does not pay the Donor for her eggs. However, we appreciate the time and effort required for a donation cycle and we do compensate the Donor for this. The rates for this compensation start at $8,000. Previous Donors are compensated at a higher rate.  A Donor can complete up to 6 egg donation cycles and the compensation usually goes up $1,000 with each cycle.

Q. When am I paid the compensation?

A. Donors are given a partial payment at the start of injectible medications and the balance is paid after egg retrieval. 

Q. If I donate my eggs will I run out?

A. No. Women have hundreds of thousand of eggs. A small amount of these eggs are lost each month through ovulation. Fertility medication only utilizes those eggs for the invitro process.

Q. Can I donate if I am on birth control?

A. Yes. You will be instructed to stop birth control pills once you begin the injectible medications.  Occasionally a doctor may require a donor with an IUD to have it removed before the egg donation cycle, but this will be confirmed before the Match with the Intended Parents is confirmed.

Q. Do I have to pay for any medical expenses?

A. No. The Intended Parents will pay for all medical expenses. 

Q. Can I donate if I have had my tubes tied?

A. Yes, you can.

Q. Can I go to my own personal doctor for the medical screening?

A. No, the medical screening will be completed at the clinic chosen by the Intended Parents.

Q. How can I be sure that my donation remains confidential?

A. Donor confidentiality is protected by all professionals (doctor, nurses, therapists, agency staff, etc) involved with the egg donation cycle, but it would not be impossible for Intended Parents and/or their offspring to find a donor in the future (face recognition, FaceBook, Ancestry,com, etc).  

Q. Will I get to meet the couple that receives my eggs?

A. Not unless the Intended Parents are open to this. Donors can always ask and we can facilitate a meeting if both parties are open to this.

Q. What are my responsibilities to any children that may be born from this process?

A. The Intended Parents assume total responsibility for the children born from this process and this is guaranteed in the legal contract between the Donor and Intended Parents.

Q. How much time will I have to take off of school or work?

A. It is possible to complete the screening around the work or school schedule, but once medications start the donor will need to take off work and school as needed for appointments (usually scheduled early in the morning).The medications last about 10-12 days and there are usually 6-8 appointments during this time.  Egg retrieval day will require you to take the day off and arrange for a driver to and from the retrieval. If your egg donation cycle involves travel to the city where the Intended Parents' clinic is located then you will need to take about 7-10 days off from work or school.  The other appointments would be at a local monitoring clinic.

Q. Will I have to pay for the expenses if travel is involved in my match?

A. No. The Intended Parents will pay for all expenses involved with travel. The specifics of the travel will be spelled out in the legal contract you have with the Intended Parents.

Q. What are the side effects from taking fertility medication?

A. There usually aren't very uncomfortable side effects from the medications, but it is possible to feel emotional due to the increase hormones and to have some bloating close to the egg retrieval.  The medications are out of your system within 48 hours from stopping prior to retrieval and the bloating should go away within a week after the retrieval.

Q. Do I have the right to receive information regarding the Intended Parents?

A. You can certainly request to have information about the Intended Parents and we can check with them to see what they are comfortable with sharing.