If you have any questions prior to starting the application after reviewing all of the information below to become part of the Fertility Bridges Egg Donor Program simply send an email to Jessica below. Our CHAT Service cannot address specific donor-related questions.
Please include the following:
Question or Concern
Prescription medicine or health concerns since it can interfere with fertility medicine and egg donor requirements.
Why do you wish to donate?
When is a good time to reach you by telephone for an interview?
We thank you for your interest in our program.
The Fertility Bridges Team
Payments To Egg Donors
Egg Donor “Fee” (sometimes referred to as compensation or reimbursement): Up to $10,000 + expenses
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine ASRM once recommended a payment range of $5,000 – $10,000 for egg donors. We strive to stay within these ethics guidelines, though we are happy to discuss alternatives and we will advocate for your choice of fee the best we can.
We allow our egg donors to set their own fees/compensation to remain competitive. There are usually more Egg Donors than Intended Parents so the Egg Donor’s fee amount will affect their likelihood of a match.
New Donors should plan to charge between $5,000 to $7,000 for their first donation since it is uncertain if they will be a successful donor or not. Those very eager to match will find that being apart of our philanthropy program for a first-time donor fee of $3,500 may help provide more match opportunities.
Repeat Egg Donors average $10,000 for their egg donor fee. Donors that have significant donor cycle records and experience offer some peace of mind to intended parents in a very unpredictable costly medical process.
Since many Intended Parents prefer to work with repeat donors, we recommend lowering your fee if you are a first time donor to help secure your first match. You can then raise your fee after a successful egg retrieval if you enjoyed your experience and plan to do it again.
Travel & Expenses: You may reside anywhere in the world to become an Egg Donor as long as you are available for about 7 days in a row during the retrieval week and for a day for the initial appointment. You would travel to the city where the IVF clinic of the Intended Parents is located. You should expect to be away from home at most 7-10 days total (though this might vary and could be 14+ days in unusual circumstances). Of course, all of your travel expenses and medical costs would be paid by the Intended Parents in addition to your negotiated egg donation fee. Occasionally when a donor can not travel we will try to match them with a local donor cycle if they are located within the U.S.
EGG DONOR FAQ
What is egg donation?
Egg donation is the process by which one woman (an egg donor) donates her extra ova, or eggs, so that an infertile couple may have a child. This does not involve the actual removal or donation of the ovaries; it simply means that doctors will extract extra egg cells from the woman’s ovaries. She should have more than plenty of eggs left over for the rest of her life for creating her own family since women are born with nearly a million eggs.
How many eggs does a woman have?
The ovaries are magnificent glands which are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond and sit just above the fallopian tubes — one ovary on each side of the uterus. Every month during ovulation, either the right or left ovary produces a single mature egg for fertilization.
When a baby girl is born, she already has about 1,000,000 ovarian follicles. Each ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. During childhood, approximately half of the ovarian follicles are absorbed by the body. By the time a girl reached puberty and her menstrual cycle begins, about 400,000 ovarian follicles are left to develop into mature eggs.
What does the egg donation involve?
To begin with, you will take medication, such as birth control pills, that will inhibit your natural menstrual cycles. The doctor will use this to synchronize your menstrual cycle with that of the recipient. Once the cycles are in synch, you will begin self-administered injections of a drug which will stimulate your ovaries to make extra eggs. This typically lasts 7-10 days. Your ovaries will be examined frequently using an ultrasound, and blood tests will be given to check your hormone levels.
Once your ovarian follicles (that produce eggs) have matured, you will receive one more injection, called a “trigger shot” (human chorionic gonadotrophin or Lupron). A few days later, the doctor will extract eggs from your ovaries via the vagina (usually using a syringe-like instrument) while you are sedated. The average cycle for this process, from the initial injection to the actual withdrawal of the eggs, is about 10-14 days depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle when you start.
How many eggs will the doctor extract?
It depends how well the woman responds to the follicle stimulation drugs. Good numbers from healthy responsive women would range from 12-18 eggs. Remember, she has hundreds of thousands of ovarian follicles left to make eggs. The fertility doctor will then fertilize these eggs to make embryos. Only a percentage of these extracted eggs will fertilize optimally and then be implanted in the woman’s uterus with the hopes to become the future child or children.
Are there any risks?
With any medical procedure or the use of medicinal drugs, there is always a risk. It is very important that you discuss egg donation with a licensed medical professional who specializes in egg donation and can explain all the potential risks with you. You will have this opportunity on your initial visit or “screening” day. If you decide to undergo the medical procedure for donating your egg, you should do so with extreme caution and have assessed all the facts and risks beforehand. Since Fertility Bridges is not a medical establishment we can not provide medical advice nor outline the risks in an accurate way. Every team member at Fertility Bridges are experienced donors personally familiar with the process.
What is required of the egg donors you choose?
Egg donor candidate should ideally be between 18-28 years old with a BMI <28. Proven or repeat donors can donate until about 32 years old. Most clinics require donors to be 21, so while we may accept your application at 18 more opportunities will become available after the age of 21. They should be in an excellent health and have no personal or family history of health problems that need recurring treatment. They should be non-smokers, drink rarely, and not be at very stressful times in her lives because they may not respond well to the egg stimulation.
We have found intended parents gravitate to egg donor candidates able to exhibit a high level of intelligence, responsibility or a drive to excel. It is not uncommon for intended parents to request a donor’s GPA, test scores, or some demonstration of motivation.
Most Intended Parents understand that intelligence is measured in many ways and not just by quantitative analysis. Every hopeful family is looking for characteristics important to them. Emotional or intellectual intelligence, as well as artistic and physical talents, may be important to some intended parents and less so for others. Many families hope to find someone with like ethnicity or ancestral heritage, hair or eye color, height or even a cherished physical family trait that they themselves can’t personally pass to a potential child.
Not only do we advocate to help our IPs find the right donors we strive to provide a positive and rewarding experience to donors. We have walked in your shoes and want to share our experience with you, advocating and cheering you along your journey.
May I register with other Egg Donor Databases?
Because we spend an enormous amount of time and energy on the Egg Donors in our database, it is difficult to collect updated information, and it may lead to confusion with commitments made between multiple agencies, naturally, we prefer you do not register with other databases. It makes it extremely difficult to schedule donors cycles safely and misleads IPs. We appreciate honesty, open communication, and frequent check-ins so both you and intended parents are treated fairly in a timely manner.
FERTILITY BRIDGES FAQ
When was Fertility Bridges founded?
Where is Fertility Bridges located?
We have offices in Chicago, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, though we are not constrained by our physical location since our Internet Database and our Online Service is available to clients around the world.
Where are Fertility Bridges’ clients located?
We have clients in almost every State in the United States and International, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, China, Isreal, and India.
How many clients does Fertility Bridges have?
We have thousands of Intended Parents who have signed up to view our Egg Donor and Surrogate Databases over the last several years. In our Database, we have over 300+ Donors residing in 37 of the U.S. States, and 85 Gestational Surrogates from across the U.S.
How many IVF clinics have Fertility Bridges worked with?
Fertility Bridges has worked with 150+ IVF clinics in nearly every State in the United States and Internationally.