Infertility Treatment in MD, VA & DC at Shady Grove Fertility

Egg Donation Process

Why Do Women Need Donated Eggs?

Egg donation treatment is always combined with in vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of placing eggs and sperm together in the laboratory to stimulate fertilization and embryo development. When a woman's own eggs won't allow for successful IVF treatment, donor eggs may be substituted. IVF and egg donation treatments are performed by a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) and take place at Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center.

Donor Egg Retrieval

Egg donation is the process whereby a woman, after medical and psychological prescreening, is given medications to help her develop multiple ovarian follicles, containing eggs (oocytes). Normally, a woman matures one egg a month but with medication, several follicles can be induced to grow and mature. Next, while the donor is under gentle sedation the eggs are painlessly retrieved. The eggs retrieved are then donated to a recipient. 

Egg Donor Process

Margaret Ann Connors,
Nurse Practitioner

  1. As an egg donor candidate, you will be asked to complete a medical history form so that we may understand more about your health and your family history.
  2. Next, you will be asked to come into the office Day 2-4 of your menstrual cycle for baseline hormone screening and ultrasound.
  3. Following that, you will meet with our fertility specialist Nurse Practitioner for "Donor Day." Donor Day is a one day visit, in which the nurse practitioner will review your role as the egg donor, basic reproduction and fertility. You will also complete the majority of your testing, including the initial portion of the psychological testing.
  4. Upon completion of "Donor Day", you will be asked to schedule two visits with a member of the psychological support staff, who will help you through the psychological pre-screening process. Three to four office visits are usually necessary to complete the entire prescreening process.

Preparing to Donate

Once the prescreening is completed and you have been anonymously 'matched', your nurse will meet with you to discuss the details of your donation treatment or 'cycle'. While we must plan a donation cycle two months in advance, once the actual cycle begins, the donation process takes about 3 weeks. During this phase you will be seen in the office for 'morning monitoring', which involves bloodwork and sonograms to monitor your egg development.

Collecting the Donated Eggs

Once your eggs are fully developed the egg retrieval is performed. It is usually a simple procedure, performed under light IV sedation, in our in-office surgical suite. The procedure takes about 20 minutes to complete, however you can expect to be at the surgical suite for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. After the retrieval, someone will need to drive you home where you should rest for the remainder of the day. You can expect to resume normal activities the next day.


We recognize your decision to become an egg donor is a tremendous gift but we agree with ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) that participants not be 'paid' for their oocytes/eggs. However, it is clearly recognized that your time, effort, and commitment should be compensated. The total compensation for a completed cycle is $7,000 for first time donors. This amount is paid out in phases as you progress through each portion of the screening and donation process.

Donor medical history forms completed and accepted $50
Medical prescreening completed, disqualified as donor $50 - 200
All screening completed, qualified to donate  $450
Completed egg donation cycle* $7,000

**You will receive an IRS 1099 at the end of the year for your donation.

**No out-of-pocket costs are ever charged to the egg donor.


Repeat Donors

Donors completing a second donation will receive $7,500 upon completion of the donation cycle and $8,000 for each additional cycle (up to a total of six donations).

Refer A Friend

Our best egg donors come to us through word of mouth referrals from our current egg donors. Refer a friend and receive a $250 referral fee upon the completion of her donation cycle.

To apply to become an Egg Donor, please complete our brief online eligibility questionnaire or call 888-529-6382.