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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to be matched with intended parents?

An Eggceptional Match is a full service agency that custom matches you. The length of time can vary. A match can be successful within in a few weeks or sometimes it can take a few months. It is possible that a match does not occur. A custom and thoughtful match depends on many factors including personalities, location, fees, insurance coverage and compatible moral/ethical beliefs. Although we realize you are eager to get started on your journey, we strive to ensure the best possible match based on all parties’ desires and needs.

Does An Eggceptional Match coordinate cycles out of state?

Yes. AEM matches Intended parents to egg donors and surrogates throughout the United States and globally.

What is the average compensation?

Compensation starts at $6,000 and increases based on previous donor experience. Compensation is offered in exchange for the time, inconvenience, and level of commitment expected from you as an egg donor.

Can I get to choose the couple I work with?

Absolutely. We take matching intended parents and egg donors very seriously and you can certainly guide us on the most important attributes in the couple interested in working with you.

Can I still be an egg donor even though I do not believe in selective reduction or termination for any reason?

Absolutely. An Eggceptional match collaborates with intended parents who similarly disagree with selective reduction or termination. However, as this position is less common, it may take a little longer to match you.

Will I have legal responsibilities?

In accordance with the contract you sign, you will be asked to stipulate that any and all children born, as well as any frozen embryos that result from the egg donation process, will legally belong to the intended parents. Egg donors have absolutely no responsibility to the future welfare or support of any children that are conceived from the donated eggs.

Do I have to have insurance?

No, we will provide a supplemental insurance during your donation that will cover complications as a direct result of the egg donation. Your policy will go into effect at the start of injectable medications and through 120 days post retrieval. Please remember; this insurance is good for complications related to your egg donation only and cannot be used as private healthcare.

Can I donate if I’ve had an abortion?

Yes, this will not affect your eligibility.

Can I donate if I have a tubal ligation?

Yes. We do not need your tubes to retrieve the ovum from your ovaries.

Can I donate if I’ve had a hysterectomy?

Unfortunately, no as we are not able to track your periods as necessary.

Is it possible to accidentally get pregnant as a result of the egg donor procedure?

Once you are instructed to begin your injectable medications, there will be a “critical window” and you will be instructed to abstain from sexual intercourse with your partner.

How long will it take for my body to return to normal after egg retrieval?

You should anticipate a period within 10-14 days after you donate. Following the next menstrual cycle, your body should be back to normal.

How is my privacy protected?

The majority of egg donations are anonymous and all reasonable measures are taken to protect your anonymity during and after your donation.  However, you do have the choice to match with an “open” donation as long as all parties agree. One of the benefits of matching through an agency is the ability to make this decision. This is an individual choice based on your comfort level and that of the intended parents.

How long do I have to wait in between each donation?

If you are chosen for back to back donations, you will be expected to have a minimum of 2-3 periods before beginning your next egg donation

How many times can I donate my eggs?

We adhere to ASRM guidelines and allow up to 6 donations total.

Can I donate if I’m still a virgin?

Yes, with the understanding and comfort level of knowing that this is an invasive procedure performed vaginally.

Can I donate if I just had a baby?

You will need to have at least 3 regular menstrual cycles post-partum. You may not breastfeed during an egg donation cycle.

Is the procedure painful?

This can vary from person to person. Overall the procedure has not been described as painful but instead “uncomfortable” post retrieval. This can occur due to additional bloating and mild cramping. Some donors feel no effects and go about their daily activities right away (although this is highly discouraged). We recommend you take 48-72 hours post retrieval to rest, increase fluids and proteins and stay off your feet as much as possible. The more you do this, the sooner you are back to your normal routine. Since you are under IV sedation (twilight anesthesia), you will not feel anything during the procedure itself. Please follow your clinical guidelines post retrieval for quickest recovery time.

How soon will I be matched?

This can be very unpredictable. Some donors match immediately while others can take as long as a year or never be chosen.

Will I be expected to travel?

If you are matched out of state, you will be expected to travel overnight for the initial consultation and testing at the beginning of the process. Once you are cleared to begin your medications, most clinics expect you to stay local between 7-10 days in order to complete the process and before traveling again.  You will need to bring a companion for the retrieval trip. Airfare, hotel, ground transportation and daily stipends are all covered by your intended parents and will be sent prior to your departure.

Will the donation cost me anything to participate?

The cycle from start to finish will be paid for by the Intended Parents of whom you are matched with. This will include all fees associated with the medical procedure, medications, supplemental insurance and travel. Please be advised of AEM’s policy to submit 1099 tax forms regarding any income you earned from your donation (excluding reimbursements).

Is there an emergency number for 24/7 contact?

We do supply an after-hours number, however, for true medical emergencies you would be advised to call 911 or your fertility doctor for an immediate medical need.

Can I donate if I’m on birth control?

Once matched, if you are on the pill, you will need to be hormone free for at least one month prior to your eligibility testing. Once this is completed, you will be placed on a monophasic birth control pill to synchronize your period with that of the Intended Mother or Gestational Carrier. You should not have a Norplant, Implanon, or be taking any forms of injectable birth control. These would have to be removed. Mirena IUD’s will also need to be removed; however, you may leave your Paragard IUD in place during the donation process. Essure is acceptable to leave in place as well.

Will egg donation affect my future fertility?

Based on the understanding of a women’s egg pool, even a repeat donor should not be affected by infertility. When a female is born, she is born with all the eggs she will have in a lifetime (1-2 million on average). Degeneration of her eggs occurs naturally as she gets older and she is left with approximately 500,000 by puberty. The inability to conceive later points to a direct correlation between a woman’s age, environmental factors and genetics.

Are the medications used by donors safe?

Medications for fertility treatment and egg donation are used throughout the United States and the world. The widespread use in the US is the result of rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety by the scientific community and the FDA. Additionally, with thousands of cases of egg donations in the United States performed every year, and with the guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine at 6 donations per egg donor, the track record on safety is excellent. As with any medicine, there can be adverse side effects. During the screening consultation with a physician, you should inquire about all of the risks and potential side effects of the medications and medical procedures. We also encourage you to talk with your gynecologist about your desire to be an egg donor, to help you feel more comfortable and confident in your decision.

What are the medications I’m expected to take?

There are varying protocols and yours will be determined by the physician at the fertility clinic. Most donors will be placed on a birth control pill which will assist in suppressing ovulation, help to prevent ovarian cysts and used as a tool to synchronize your period with your recipient (Intended Mother or Gestational Carrier). Next, one of the most common medications to be introduced will be Lupron. This will further assist in keeping the ovaries “quiet” to further prevent ovulation and follicular growth until you are ready to introduce the stimulation medication. Your stimulation medication (FSH or follicle stimulating hormone) will then be initiated to assist in growing mature eggs in your follicles (fluid filled sacs in each ovary). Your trigger shot is the final injection. Most protocols will use hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), Lupron or a combination of each. This injection will give the final maturation to the follicles prior to retrieving the eggs.