Egg Donor FAQ

Common Questions From Women Interested In Becoming Egg Donors

Egg Donor FAQ2020-09-01T21:50:06-07:00


Egg Donor FAQ

At Hellobaby Surrogacy, we make the egg donation process as smooth and enjoyable as possible. See some of the common questions we often receive from women interested in becoming egg donors.

If you have specific questions that are not reflected, feel free to contact us.

What type of egg donation is accepted at Hellobaby?2020-09-01T18:23:01-07:00

There are three types of egg donation including Known egg donation, Semi-known egg donation and Anonymous egg donation. All three types of egg donation are accepted at Hellobaby. Both Intended Parents and egg donors can choose the right option for them based on their own level of comfort and an understanding.

How long does the whole process take?2020-09-01T18:26:46-07:00

It’s important to understand that egg donation timelines vary. While there is no guarantee you will be chosen as an egg donor, it is possible to be chosen within days of being accepted into our program. Some intended parents at Hellobaby also require a gestational surrogate. This means that even after you are matched, there can be a waiting period while your intended parents are being matched with a surrogate. Although the donation itself lasts only 3-4 weeks, commitment to the process is typically 3-4 months. Please keep in mind that these are average timelines and that no two egg donation arrangements are the same. Timelines are often determined by factors particular to your egg donation arrangement.

How many times can I donate with Hellobaby?2020-09-01T18:32:01-07:00

Most of our clinics will only allow an egg donor to participate in an egg donation five to six times. However, we can only rematch you if the previous donation resulted in a pregnancy or a successful retrieval.

How many and what kind of pictures do you want me to submit?2020-09-01T18:40:58-07:00

We require a minimum of five, but you can send as many pictures as you want. We do require that one needs to be a recent close-up of your face and one needs to be a recent photo of your full body. If you choose, childhood photos or photos of your children or family are also welcomed. Keep in mind that these photos are the first impression intended parents will have of you when they are selecting a donor. They are looking for the best representation of physical attributes to help them find an egg donor who is right for them. While selfies are easy to take, they don’t always accurately capture you (especially when taken in a car). If possible, please have a friend or family member take your photos so you get the best quality and reflection of who you are.

What are the age limits on being an egg donor? Why?2020-09-01T18:42:39-07:00

Egg donors in our program must be between 21-29 years of age. The reproductive endocrinologists and clinics that we work with set the standards. We do, however, accept previous egg donors up to the age of 31. Please email us for instructions on how to apply if you are a previous egg donor over the age of 29.

I am adopted. Can I still be a donor?2020-09-01T18:44:31-07:00

Yes, if you know your biological familie’s health history. Unfortunately, if your adoption was closed you may not be able to provide us with all of the necessary medical information.

I am on birth control, can I still be an Egg Donor?2020-09-01T18:52:15-07:00

Yes, but it depends on the form of birth control you are using. Acceptable forms of birth control include birth control pills, the nuva ring, the patch, and non-copper IUDs. If you have an IUD, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have it removed upon matching with IPs.

If you are currently using Implanon or Depo-Provera for birth control you will need to switch to one of the acceptable forms listed above and have at least three menstrual cycles before applying to become a donor.

Always remember to consult your OB/GYN before making any decisions about changing your contraceptive.

The application to be in your program is very long. Why do you need all this information?2020-09-01T18:55:54-07:00

Most of the information on our application is requested by the IVF clinic for its screening. We also use the information for matching purposes with the intended parents and the information helps the couples and single individuals in our program learn about you.

Will I be able to have children after egg donation?2020-09-01T19:23:45-07:00
Yes. A normal female has a pool of about 400,000 follicles (hence eggs) by the time of puberty. From these, only 400 will reach maturity and be ovulated. This leaves approximately 399,600 unused. By ovarian stimulation, we develop extra eggs that would otherwise be destroyed. This explains why the normal pool of ovarian follicles is not depleted by egg donation.
Will I miss school or work?2020-09-01T19:24:20-07:00
Most appointments are scheduled for early in the morning so the egg donor will have as little disruption to her schedule as possible. The retrieval day will require an entire missed day. Most egg donors return to school or work the following day. Due to the time sensitive nature of the procedures, it is most important that an egg donor recognize the level of responsibility required in making and keeping appointments.
Does egg donation cost me anything?2020-09-01T19:25:15-07:00
No. The prospective parents are responsible for all egg donor costs incurred as a result of an egg donation cycle. These expenses include egg donor compensation, all egg donor medical costs, insurance, attorney fees and travel expenses.
Can I donate eggs if my tubes are tied?2020-09-01T19:26:08-07:00
Yes. The aspiration of eggs occurs before the eggs are released by the body. Therefore it is irrelevant as to whether an egg donor’s tubes are tied.
What kinds of medications are used?2020-09-01T19:31:31-07:00

Medications are used to coordinate cycles, suppress ovulation, stimulate follicles, and to trigger release of eggs. Examples of these include birth control pills, Lupron, Ganirelix, Follistim, Gonal-F, Menopur and HCG. These may be used in different combinations depending on the clinic and physician and some of the medications can be known by various names.

Are the medications I take safe?2020-09-01T19:34:28-07:00
The medications taken for fertility treatment and egg donation are used throughout the United States and the world. This widespread use is the result of rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety by the scientific community and the FDA here in the USA.
How do I give myself injections?2020-09-01T19:35:55-07:00
Instructions will be given on how to administer the daily injections. All injections are subcutaneous (under the skin), so they are easy to self-administer. The syringes used have a very small needle and are usually well tolerated by the egg donor.
Will I undergo surgery?2020-09-01T19:36:58-07:00
No. Eggs are retrieved vaginally. There is no surgical cut. For the egg donor’s comfort, the procedure is preformed under IV sedation. It is required that the egg donor have a companion to take her home as she is not allowed to drive after the egg retrieval.
Can you briefly tell me what the process is like?2020-09-01T19:38:13-07:00

Medications are given to suppress the menstrual cycle and ovarian stimulating medications are given to stimulate the production of eggs. Most of these medications are injections and are self-administered for 2-4 weeks (this can vary) until retrieval. The retrieval is done vaginally with a catheter under a mild intravenous (IV) sedation. The retrieval takes about 20 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. Afterwards you may experience some mild cramping, bleeding, or bloating.

Are there any complications of which I should be aware?2020-09-01T19:38:58-07:00

Most women experience little to no complications. You can experience minor discomfort after the procedure, or symptoms associated with your natural cycles, such as headaches, moodiness, or cramping. There have been a very small number of extreme cases of hyper stimulation. Although it has never happened in our program, there is a need to disclose that there have been very rare and extremely limited cases of infertility or death.

Do I have to have medical insurance?2020-09-01T19:40:19-07:00

It is recommended that all people have medical insurance but if you don’t you can still be a donor in our program. The intended parent you are matched with will purchase complications insurance for you.

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