Egg Donation

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Consider becoming an egg donor and help make the dream of becoming a parent a reality. If you are between the ages of 21-30, a non-smoker, and a healthy weight you may be a candidate.

If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, we invite you to complete the online survey. You may call (919) 572-8845 for more information, and address additional questions to or

Screening Process 

The first step to becoming an egg donor is to complete the application form required to begin the process. Egg donation involves medical, genetic, psychological and infectious disease screening.

  • Initial Screening: online survey that includes personal and family medical history. We will review your answers by phone.
  • Standard Screening: online FDA-required infectious disease survey.
  • Psychological Screening: Office visit with our psychologist, Dr. Julia Woodward.
  • Physical Exam and infectious disease testing: Office visit with Donor Program staff. Includes blood draw for genetic disorders and infectious diseases.

You must complete all of the screening and be approved at all stages to be eligible to participate in the egg donation process. There is no cost to you for this testing.

Egg Donation Procedure

Once you are approved, agreed to donate, and matched with a recipient, you will begin the egg donation process. The process begins with oral contraceptive pills. We will ask you to call when your period begins to schedule an ultrasound scan and give a blood sample. Once both you and your recipient are ready, you will begin injections of fertility medications. This will be followed with ultrasounds and blood draws every 1-2 days for a total of 4 or 5 visits. The ultrasound scans and blood analysis will help the medical team determine the best time for egg retrieval. When your lead follicles reach 13mm, you will be instructed to begin a second medication to prevent ovulation. You will be advised to take a final at a specific time to prepare you for the egg retrieval procedure. You will have one final blood test  the following day.

Egg Retrieval Process

On your retrieval day, you will be sedated during the procedure to minimize discomfort. Once you are sedated, we will guide a small needle through your vagina into your ovary to retrieve your eggs. You will be monitored after the procedure. Someone will need to come with you to your appointment to drive you home that day and you should not plan to return to normal activities until the next morning.

Your recipient will provide egg donation insurance coverage to protect you in the very rare event of a complication related to the egg donation procedure and following your procedure, you will receive payment for your time and involvement in the donation process. 

Once you have been pre-approved by our egg donor staff, you will begin the donation process. Egg donors are reimbursed $4500 for each donation and can donate up to 6 times