Egg Donation FAQs

Egg Donation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s natural to have questions. Below we have outlined a few of our more frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions not addressed here, we invite you to contact us at 858-847-5939 or email and we’re happy to answer them.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s natural to have questions. Below we have outlined a few of our more frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions not addressed here, we invite you to contact us at 858-847-5939 or email and we’re happy to answer them.


“There are no long-term adverse risks of IVF” or egg donation,” said Richard J. Paulson, president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which represents fertility specialists. Paulson heads the infertility program at the University of Southern California, one of the nation’s oldest egg donor programs, which was established in 1986. “All the data we have so far seem to indicate no long-term problems.”
– “Do Women Who Donate Their Eggs Run a Health Risk?”, The Washington Post

During the procedure (the egg retrieval), you will be put to sleep for about 20-30 minutes, so you will not feel anything. Following the procedure, some may experience mild cramping and bloating. Every person is different, so the effects of the process will vary.

There is no study showing that being an egg donor will affect your fertility in the future. Egg donation is very safe with over 20,000 cycles being performed in the United States annually. You may speak directly with one of our physicians if you would like to discuss this further.

The majority of our donors do donate more than one time because they find the process to be fulfilling and relatively easy. Egg donors are able to make up to 4-5 donations per year and a maximum of 10 in their lifetime.

You will need to have two regular periods between cycles.

Typically, it’s only for 24 hours.


We take the privacy of our donors very seriously. Nearly all of our donors are anonymous unless in rare cases where the donor and the intended parents choose to meet. Any private information provided through applications, interviews or other documents are all confidential.

They will have your first name and donor number only.

No. Unless there is a special request (which is rare), by the IPs to meet you, and you agree, there will not be any contact with the IPs.

Unless it is a special situation, you will only know their first names, and in some cases, you won’t even know their first names. You might know the country they live in but you will not have any other details about them.

The decision about notifying you of a pregnancy is up to the IPs. Typically, they are okay with divulging the results, but some are not.

Yes. There will be a contract between you and the IPs. This will outline your compensation as well as that you will have no parental rights from any children born as a result of this donation. We provide you with independent legal counsel.


We’ll review your application within 1-3 business days and let you know if you meet the initial criteria. If you do, we’ll schedule your brief egg donor phone interview. During your interview, we’ll discuss how the egg donation process works and answer any questions you may have.

Yes. If you have a friend or family member that is willing to do the injections for you, that is also an option.

It depends on the doctor’s protocol. Each person is a little different. Typically, it’s 10-12 days.

Once you are matched, it can take 2 to 3 months before your egg retrieval (depending on several variables).

We will place you on our active database so that potential IPs can view your public profile. Once they have selected you, you will be contacted with details about when the anticipated cycle will begin. We will guide you through each step of the process.

Everyone is different. Some retrievals will result in 2 eggs, some will results in 20. It depends on your body and how your body reacts to the medications.

You will travel to our location in San Diego, CA. All costs will be paid upfront by the IPs. You will not be out of pocket for anything, and all travel arrangements (flights, hotels, etc.) will be booked by us. Per diem is commonly delivered in person once you arrive in San Diego (as per diem amount often varies and is not processed in time for a check to be mailed). You will only have to travel 2 times. Once for medical screening and the second time for the actual egg retrieval. All the appointments in between will be done at a center local to you.

You may experience some cramping, bloating, or soreness/tenderness. We can prescribe pain medication as necessary, but we encourage rest and relaxation! We are also able to provide a physician’s note for school/work so you are afforded sufficient time to focus on recovery. Your coordinators on Egg Donation and IVF Team will be maintaining communication to provide medical care as needed.

Reminder – recovery looks different for everybody, but regardless, you won’t be on your own!


The average starting compensation for egg donors is $7,000. Compensation depends on a number of factors, including the donor’s education, her donation history, and her ethnic diversity. In particular, Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian donors are in high demand.

You will get paid from an escrow account that the IPs establish. You will get a start of meds fee (typically $750) then the remaining amount after the retrieval is completed. So, if your compensation is $7,000, you will receive $750 after you start your injectable medications, and the remaining amount, $6,250 after the retrieval is completed.

Everything is paid for in advance by the IPs so there is nothing you will pay for out of pocket. However, if you are asked to pay out of pocket for something, you will be promptly reimbursed.

If you have questions about the process or your application, we would love to help you navigate through this process.


Please contact us at or call 858-847-5939.