The Egg Donation Process

Egg Donor Application

First-time Circle egg donors generally receive a compensation of $9,000, whereas experienced or "proven" egg donors as well as women from Asian descent, Jewish descent and other distinguishing or rare ethnicities or qualities may also receive a higher fee. The intake coordinator who guides you through your application process will be happy to discuss suggested fees based on the norms of our agency.

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Matching

We start the matching process when an intended parent expresses interest in working with you. Matching at Circle is a reciprocal process. We believe that intended parents should choose their egg donors and egg donors should decide whom they want to help. We’ll send you a redacted profile of any intended parents who wish to work with you so you can learn more about them. Skype and telephone calls are also available options.

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Psychological Screening

As part of the egg donation process, first you will participate in a 45-60 minute screening with a social worker by phone. The test helps us identify any illnesses, emotional problems, and personality disorders that might not make you a good fit for egg donation. 

Secondly, you will take a psychological exam conducted by a clinical psychologist via webcam. This is a multiple choice and true/false standardized test used widely in egg donation evaluations by agencies and clinics.  

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Medical Screening

Once you have passed the psychological screening, you’ll meet with the IVF doctor who will perform a thorough medical and genetic screening. The physician draws blood and checks for any sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, hepatitis, and drug/nicotine use.

The medical screening may require travel, Circle arranges your travel, and your intended parents cover the costs. The medical screening is generally an overnight trip to your intended parents' IVF clinic.

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Fertility Treatments (Birth Control and Injections)

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 that are self-administered for two-four weeks (this can vary) until the egg retrieval. The medications help coordinate your cycle with the intended mother or the surrogate mother.

Examples of these medications 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 are known by various names.

You will likely have a few local monitoring appointments near your home within the 10 days leading up to your retrieval. You’ll have your last monitoring appointments at the IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen.

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Egg Retrieval

The egg retrieval process is done at the U.S. IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen. If you are traveling, the trip will likely be four to nine days. The retrieval is done vaginally under a mild intravenous sedation. The process takes about 20 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. Afterward, you may experience some mild-to-moderate abdominal cramping, spotting, or bloating. 

A travel companion is required to attend this trip with you to assist you back to the hotel after the procedure. You will travel home the day following your egg retrieval and should feel back to normal anywhere from a few days to a week after your procedure.

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Fees (Payments)

Our first-time donors generally receive $9,000, whereas experienced and successful donors as well as donor types from Asian descent, Jewish descent and other types that are harder to find may also receive a higher fee. The social worker who screens you will be happy to discuss suggested fees based on the norms of our agency.

The family that you donate to will be responsible for medical bills, travel bills, and other expenses related to the donation.

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Retrieval Results & Confirmation to Donate Again

After you have completed your egg retrieval and travel home, you'll receive an email from your program coordinator with explanations for the next steps, which include returning your travel receipts and receiving your final payment as well as information on donating again. They will also explain the process of waiting on results, including the number of eggs retrieved, and how many matured, were fertilized, transferred, and frozen. We will also await pregnancy results, if applicable. You will sign a medical release so Circle may obtain these records from the IVF clinic to save in your file, and if you wish, we can update your profile to match you with new intended parents for your next egg donation.

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