Become an egg donor.
Shady Grove Fertility egg donors have helped over 10,000 patients have a baby. If you are 21 to 32, healthy, educated, and want to help a family- come work with the leading egg donation program in the country. First time egg donors are generously compensated $7,000 for your time and efforts.
SGF is one of few centers in the nation that selects and prescreens our own egg donors prior to making them available on our donor registry.
With this approach, egg donor candidates are compensated throughout the egg donation screening process based on the amount of time and effort they have committed.
We recognize that your decision to become an egg donor is a tremendous gift, but we agree with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) that participants cannot 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 traditionally $7,000 for first-time donors, paid out in phases as your progress through each portion of the process. Donors will receive a 1099 form for tax reporting purposes. Consult your tax advisor for more information.
Completion of the donor profile
After the completion of the donor profile and initial screening (a blood test and ultrasound), potential donors will receive an initial stipend of $75 if they are accepted.
Donor Day and meeting with a counselor
Shady Grove Fertility will provide a stipend of $425 to applicants who are accepted into the program and $175 for applicants who are not accepted.
Where can I donate eggs?
Shady Grove Fertility has a variety of locations throughout Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, and Washington D.C. Egg donors must live within a 1 hour drive of one of our full-service offices. If you are unsure if you live within range, please contact one of our Donor Liaisons at 1-888-312-4499.
Step 1: Apply online
It is so easy to get started! First, complete this quick initial application. If approved, you will then complete the full egg donor questionnaire. This is where we learn about how amazing you are! You will include personal/family medical history, photos, thoughtful personal statements that will give you the opportunity to share why you have decided to become an egg donor.
Step 2: Medical screening
If eligible, we will move forward to see what your ovarian reserve looks like. How many eggs is your body producing every month? While we are evaluating to see if you will be a successful donor, you get to learn some pretty cool things about your body and your own fertility! We go on to do psychological screening and some more blood work that includes infectious diseases and genetic testing! You will have the opportunity to review all these results and learn all about the actual donation process, so you know what to expect with our Donor Team Nurse Practitioner.
Step 3: Ready for selection!
You are officially an approved SGF egg donor when you receive both medical and psychological clearance. Your Donor Profile is then uploaded to our donor database for recipients to view and select! Once matched with a recipient(s) we will get you ready for the actual donation cycle.
Step 4: Stimulation
It is now time to synchronize you with your recipient(s). Sounds complicated, but its not! We use birth control pills for this and can take about 3-4 weeks to get your cycles synchronized.
Next, you will begin daily injectable medications of the natural hormone FSH and LH. The medications are higher doses of what your body naturally produces as it normally just needs enough to mature one egg. The goal for us is to stimulate the growth and development of all the eggs your body brought forward that month to donate!
We watch you very closely during this time! You will come to SGF for regular monitoring appointments (bloodwork and ultrasound) to ensure your follicles are growing appropriately.
Step 5: Let’s Donate! Egg retrieval
When your body says it’s ready, we will proceed to the egg retrieval. You will be scheduled for this appointment about 36-48 hours in advance at one of SGF’s surgical centers. The intra-vaginal procedure takes place while you are under IV sedation, asleep and pain-free! The egg retrieval is quick, 20-30 minutes! Because of the anesthesia you need to be prepared to take the day off from school/work. You will need a driver to take you home and you need to rest.
Step 6: That’s it!
You did it! You can cross off “fulfilling someone’s dreams of a family” off your bucket list! The gift our egg donors give to our recipients is unmeasurable. We can’t thank you enough! Not only do you make a huge impact in someone else’s life, you are generously compensated for your time and energy you put into the donation!
In the words of our donors
It’s the excitement and joy that I feel knowing that I can help a family in such a special way that means the most to me. My next donation is already scheduled, and I plan to continue donating as long as recipients continue to choose me.
I felt so passionate and positive about my experience, I couldn’t wait to share it with more women so that they, too, could experience the same.
For me, egg donation is a privilege and I consider myself lucky to be able to give in such a profound way. The first time I donated, I remember vividly how emotionally good I felt. Pure, simple goodness in the knowledge that I created hope where previously there had been none.
My mother struggled with fertility and had my wonderful brother with fertility treatments and I would love to give another family the chance to either start a family or expand their current family.
Having a team that’s with you the whole way really boosts your confidence, makes you feel safe, makes you feel like you can ask questions… It was wonderful, it honestly made me feel kind of treasured in a way.