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Egg Donor FAQ's

Egg Donor FAQ’s

Please go to our website www.ivfmn.com and fill out the donor application. We will contact you within a few business days.

It depends on how motivated you are to move forward. There are a few items that need to be addressed but if you are accepted into the program and do the work up in a timely fashion, you can be an active donor within 2 months.

Currently, our donors receive $6000.00 per retrieval.

You will receive the payment on the day of the retrieval (egg cultivation).

Everyone has a different protocol of medications prescribed by our doctors. The most used medications are birth control pills, Lupron, Follistim or Gonal F, Menopur, Ganirelix/Cetrotide, and HCG.

The typical cycle takes 20-25 days of injectable medications to be completed.

You will be an anonymous donor. The recipient will know you by donor number only, along with seeing a baby photo of you.

Yes, if interested, you may know the pregnancy results 2 weeks after the retrieval is complete.

Some patients complain of bloating and breast enlargement as well as mood swings, others have no negative effects.

Both. There are oral birth control pills that give us control of your menstrual cycle, however, the rest of the medications are injectable. They are mostly subcutaneous, which is a small needle given under the skin on your abdomen. Our donor nurses will instruct you on how to give these injections to yourself.

The only time a driver is needed in on the day of the egg retrieval procedure. The reason for a driver at this appointment is that you will be given anesthesia to remove the eggs and you cannot drive for 24 hours after anesthesia.

The egg retrieval is the procedure where we remove the eggs from the ovaries. This is completed after the fertility medications have worked on the ovaries and the ovaries have grown multiple eggs. We do this procedure in our operating room. A physician will use an ultrasound-guided needle that passes through the vaginal wall to remove the eggs from the ovaries. You are asleep during the procedure.

The most common side effects are minor weight gain or water retention that may cause bloating, swelling or cramping. This will resolve on its own within 2-5 days. A less common side effect is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS) is a complication of superovulation. It is an enlargement of your ovaries. It occurs in 1 to 5 percent of cycles. Our physicians monitor you very closely to decrease this potential side effect.

There are no charges for our donors.

The recipient will only see a baby picture of you. Our donor coordinators are the only ones that see your adult pictures and they will be the ones to match you with a recipient based on that picture.

There are some factors that can exclude you from the program such as drug use by you or a family member, genetic conditions and elevated body mass index or BMI.

You will have approximately 10 appointments in a months’ time. This is the reason we require you live less than 2 hours away from the clinic.

All appointments are from 7 am to 10:30 am every day of the week, including weekends.

No. All appointments will be at our Minneapolis office so our physicians can keep a close eye on your progress.

No, you do not.

No. You will need accurate family medical history which may require interviewing family members if you do not know this information.

No, you do not.

You will be taught how to give yourself injections by one of the donor coordinators.

No. Donating your eggs as a young woman will not affect your ability to have children in the future. You will not deplete your egg supply by donating.

Once you have committed yourself to a cycle with a recipient couple, we expect you to follow through with this commitment including being responsible for your appointment dates and times. You will need some flexibility with your appointment dates and times at the end of your cycle. We also would like you to be respectful of others within the clinic.