Egg Donor FAQs
If you’re considering becoming an egg donor, you probably have lots of questions. MyEggBank is here to support all our donors through the process of egg donation, and that starts with answering those questions. We’ve provided answers to some of our most commonly asked questions here, but feel free to reach out to us at any time to learn more.
The first step to partnering with MyEggBank as an egg donor is to fill out our initial online application. Most applicants complete it in less than five minutes. If you meet the basic eligibility requirements of our donor screening program, you will be prompted to complete a full application. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person consultation at your clinic with an egg donor nurse coordinator, who will walk you through the egg donation process.
- To meet basic eligibility requirements, a potential egg donor must be 21 to 31 years old (donation cycles must be completed before you turn 32)
- At least 5 feet 0 inches tall with a BMI of 18 to 26
- No nicotine or drug use
- Educated beyond high school (strongly preferred)
If your full application is accepted by MyEggBank, you will go on to provide a detailed medical history and undergo clinical assessments and medical testing for physical, mental, and reproductive health.
Some egg donors are taken off of their birth control before getting started, while others may be put on birth control pills to coordinate their cycles. Every situation is unique to you as a donor, and the decision will be made in consultation with your physician. You should not make changes to your existing birth control regimen before speaking with your egg donor nurse coordinator.
We do not accept donors who use Implanon or Depo Provera
Approximately one month after you have been accepted as an egg donor, when it is appropriate within your menstrual cycle, your egg production will be stimulated with fertility medications. Most donors are on these medications for approximately two weeks. During those two weeks, you’ll return to the clinic for lab work and ultrasounds to monitor egg growth, which usually takes about half an hour. You can expect to visit the clinic for at least four monitoring appointments throughout your cycle.
When your eggs are mature, you’ll receive an injection to prepare the eggs for retrieval, which will be scheduled 36 hours later. Your eggs will be retrieved vaginally while you are under intravenous sedation. The next steps to fertilize your eggs depend on whether you are established as a synchronous or asynchronous donor
No, you do not need health insurance to become an egg donor. We're here to support you, and your health is our primary focus throughout this process. Should any complications arise as a result of your egg donation, your donor center will cover all associated medical costs. Your donor center will ensure you for any adverse events that may occur for egg donation. We cover all expenses associated with the stimulation and egg retrieval process, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses at any point during the donation cycle. Your health is our primary focus throughout this process, and should any complications arise as a result of your egg donation, we will cover all associated medical costs.