Tell me about egg donation

Has anyone ever donated their eggs? Please tell me about your experience…

How much does it pay? Do you get paid for every donation? How many times/how often can you donate?

What is it like physically? Does it hurt? Do you have to take drugs to make you produce more eggs?

Do they do an interview? What are things that might get you disqualified?

Thanks in advance for any information you can give me! Links would be appreciated too.

It’s no fun, that’s for sure:

As for payment, I think that’s arranged on an individual basis. In the UK, you can’t get paid, but I’m pretty sure it’s exempt from the normal organ donor rules in the USA. I saw an advertisement at my local college for a donor for $20,000 … the catch, the woman had to be blonde, blue-eyed, athletic, 5’10" , with a 150 IQ or something like that.

I’m not sure what the “average” payment is, but my WAG is that not many would take egg donations from total strangers if you were anything less than Hilter’s Aryanesque-perfect. After all, adopting an embryo is a LOT cheaper.

First of all, I should mention that the above linked website tries to download GATOR malware/adware/spyware whatever on to your system.

I had a friend who went though quite a dilemma when she was approched to donate an (or maybe some) eggs. I don’t think she ever negotiated a price, but I want to say the told her it was going to be in the $10,000 - $20,000 range. She ended up decided against it due to what it involved (pain, fertility drugs) and the idea that she would have a biological son or daughter that she would never meet, as well as other personal reasons I’m sure. If it makes a difference, she was probably 5’11-6’1 brown hair, very pretty, VERY smart, very social, all in all a very well rounded healthy college girl.

Bump. Anyone else have any input?

Personally, I don’t know much about egg donation, but I have seen many requests for egg donors in the Health section of the Washington Post. This section is in the paper every Tuesday.

The ads are usually short and briefly list the qualifications. I’ve never seen monetary amounts greater than $5K, and they usually say that egg donors need to be within a certain age bracket (20-39 or something like that), non-smokers, healthy medical history, healthy family history, etc. You might be able to find the answers to your questions by calling one of the egg-donating organizations listed in the paper.

Also, can you donate just to science? For research? I certainly don’t want kids I don’t even know, but I’m not using all these eggs anyway.

I’m trying to get a first-hand account of the pain involved. Has anyone undergone fertility treatments or egg extraction for fertility treatments? I know you take hormones, then when your ovulate, they “harvest” the eggs, but I have heard this hurts. Anyone?

Been there, done that.

My first retrieval I was in “twilight” which is the same level of sedation you get for stuff like endoscopies, colonoscopies or intense dental procedures. I wasn’t awake for retrievals two and three, because I didn’t have a good reaction to the sedative.

There was no pain, per se, during the procedure, but there was a lot of discomfort. This is on top of the discomfort brought about by the fertility drugs and the hyperovulation that they caused. (Bloating, abdominal distension, nausea, a sore butt from the nightly injections, tender breasts, PMS-like grouchiness and a tendency to cry at inopportune times that never would’ve warranted tears without the influence of the drugs.) Afterward I felt like I had really intense menstrual cramps for about 24 hours or so. Lots of Tylenol helped.

If you’re going to donate eggs, you need to be aware that you may not have one biological child running around out there who you will never know, you could have several. Multiple eggs are harvested, and because the couple are then going to use IVF, multiple embryos can be created with your eggs, multiple embryos are likely to be implanted and a multiple birth can result. Also, the fertilized eggs can (depending on your contract with the reproductive specialists and/or the couple in question) be frozen and used for a subsequent pregnancy at a later date.

To be more clear about the “discomfort” during the procedure – it’s like a very extended pelvic exam with a lot of pressure felt in both the vagina and in the area of the ovaries. In addition to the crampy feeling the next day, there was also the sensation of having had very, very rough sex. :frowning:

Why donate eggs, when you could donate bone marrow? What’s worse, to never have a child, or to have one and lose it to leukaemia?

Neither of them is ‘worse’. Infertility and child loss are both absolutely agonising to live with. I’ve lived with both and would wish them on nobody because they are both a nightmare to endure.

nyctea if you google infertility blogs you’ll find some women who are in the process of looking for egg donors. A little bit pregnant’s blog has a list of links which is very thorough.

I explored egg donation when in college. At the time, the offered price was $5-10 thousand. My high intelligence, fair coloring, and jewish heritage were all considered pluses, my obesity a big minus. I was disqulified because my (male) lover had previously had sex with men (they used the same donation rules as blood donation).

I have heard anecdotally that an individual’s response to the fertility hormones tends to be commensurate with her normal PMS - those who don’t experience PMS were pretty okay, but those with bad PMS were totally miserable with the additional hormones. I have no idea if this is really true, but it makes some sense.


The only problem with this scenairo is that I’ve been on the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry for over a decade and only ever got to the second level of testing.

Eggs, on the other hand, I could donate tomorrow ('cus, you know, my brain is so big). :smiley:

The ads I’ve seen (in college papers) all read like “Wanted: Blonde, blue eyed female, over 5’11”, no inherited diseases, exact weight for height, between 18 and 25" and so on.

What is it with blondes, anyway?

If I were any of those things (well, I’ve got blue-ish eyes), I would consider it, but not with my family’s history of cancer, heart disease, thyroid problems and obesity. That’s not really fair to the kid, I guess.