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 contact us or call (919) 572-8876 for more information. Once you complete our donor application, a representative from Duke Fertility Center will be in touch with you to let you know if you qualify to participate.
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 disease and a Pap smear for cervical infectious disease testing.
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 procedure. 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 called gonadotropins. This will be followed with ultrasounds and blood draws for estradiol levels every 2 to 3 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 the second shot of a medication called Ganirelix to prevent ovulation. You will be advised to take an injection of Lupron to prepare you for egg retrieval. We will see you the day after Lupron for a blood test.
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.