Help others on their journey to parenthood.
You’ll work with our caring and experienced in-house Egg Donor Program team who are a part of your entire journey every step of the way.
In helping others by being an egg donor, you learn more about your own fertility and genetics. The dedicated Egg Donor Team works with you and your flexible schedule and your time is well compensated. We also know you may have a lot of questions and we’re here to answer them.
- Age 20-29
- Height & weight proportional.
- BMI between 18-28%
- Nonsmoker | no drug use.
- Normal, regular menstrual cycle.
- No Mental Health issues, ADHD, etc.
10 Commonly Asked Questions
About Becoming An Egg Donor at ORM
Who can become an Egg Donor at ORM?
Women who join our Exceptional Egg Donor Program are healthy, responsible females between the ages of 20 and 28. Egg Donors must have regular monthly periods (unless you have an IUD). If you have an IUD or use birth control pills, you can apply to be an egg donor at any time. If you use a long-term birth control like Depo-Provera or the implant, you would need to stop that method and have two normal periods before you can be a donor. It’s important that you do not smoke or use drugs, which includes marijuana. You will need reliable transportation for traveling to and from the clinic for time-sensitive appointments. You will need to be willing to administer numerous injections of medication on a strict schedule. You will have take a psychological test and meet with our counselor to ensure you are comfortable with being an egg donor.
How are Egg Donors selected?
Once these steps are finished, our panel of physicians and medical professionals review all of the information collected and determine if the applicant is a good candidate. If accepted, the new Egg Donor’s anonymous profile will be placed into our secure database for individuals and couples to review.
How long is the Egg Donor process?
Becoming an Egg Donor can be a lengthy process and will require patience and time. It can take several weeks before being accepted into the program, and once approved and placed into the donor database it can take weeks or even months before being selected by a recipient. Once you’re selected there is often one to two months of planning and then the Egg Donor Cycle itself will last approximately four weeks.
Who uses my donated eggs?
Individuals and couples generally choose to use donor eggs because they’re unable to conceive a child without the help of a female donor. There are many scenarios in which an egg donor is needed. For example, same-sex male couples are unable conceive a child without donated eggs and a surrogate. A woman may be unable to conceive because she is older and has fewer eggs available. Many recipients have experienced miscarriage or other painful circumstances. Each person’s reason and case is different, the list goes on, but helping these families realize their dream of parenthood by becoming an egg donor is the most precious gift.
What are my responsibilities as an Egg Donor?
During the four-week Egg Donor Cycle, we require you to abstain from intercourse, alcohol, recreational drugs and other medications not approved by our medical team. We also place some limitations on exercise during that time period.
What are the possible side effects of egg donation?
To lower your risk of infection, you will most likely be treated immediately after your retrieval (minor surgery) with an antibiotic. A serious infection could affect your ability to become pregnant in the future. However, less than 1% of women experience a serious infection during the egg donation aspiration.
You may experience a very small amount of bleeding from your egg retrieval surgery (a tablespoon at most). The chance of significant bleeding is extremely small, less than 1% 1 in 100. The risk of possibly damaging pelvic organs during your retrieval is even lower.
Some women who receive medication to stimulate the ovaries develop swelling of the ovaries and fluid collection in the abdominal cavity within a few days after the egg collection. This generally resolves during the following week. Our physicians carefully monitor your response to the medications through blood tests and ultrasounds to prevent a very rare complication of the medications called Ovarian Hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS is an increase in fluid collection in the abdomen that may require treatment after the retrieval. The risk of having serious complications due to OHSS is less than 1%. At Oregon Reproductive Medicine the egg donor medication plan is designed to minimize the risks of OHSS.
Will donating my eggs affect my ability to have children in the future?
Donating your eggs will not affect your ability to have children in the future. You were born with more than 400,000 eggs – less than 500 will be released by the ovaries during your childbearing years. The remaining eggs undergo a process called “atresia”, where they fail to mature and are gradually absorbed by the body during the time between puberty and menopause. Because of the large number of “spare eggs”, there is no evidence to suggest that the use of fertility drugs or egg donation will decrease the egg reserve to lead to early menopause or infertility.
How safe is the egg donation process?
As with any medical procedure, there are possibility of side effects and risks. Many women feel very minor or no discomfort during the donation cycle. Others have varying symptoms that typically resolve after the egg retrieval procedure. To date, evidence doesn’t’t suggest any increased risk of breast or ovarian cancer or increased risk of infertility for women who have donated eggs.
What legal and financial details should I consider before becoming an Egg Donor?
Many egg donations are strictly anonymous, but some intended parents want to have additional contact with their donor. This could mean a one-time, facilitated meeting or an exchange of emails. The most common request is for the donor to sign up for the Donor-Sibling Registry, or DSR. The DSR is a website that allows for anonymous future contact between the donor and her recipient family. You may choose if you are open to additional contact or if you wish to be matched only for anonymous donations.
All egg donors are enrolled in an egg donor insurance policy at the time of the cycle start. This insurance covers you in the event of a complication where additional medical care is needed.
Do you get compensated for egg donation?
Compensation ranges from clinic to clinic – with some not compensating at all! ORM’s compensation check will be available to you on the day of your retrieval, or mailed to you immediately. Our Exceptional Egg Donors are compensated for their time and commitment. The first cycle is compensated at $7,000 with subsequent cycles being reimbursed more depending on the results of the first cycle. We currently allow donors to donate up to 6 times.