Donor Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who Can Be An Egg Donor?
BHED egg donors are healthy women, ages 21-29, with no major genetic/hereditary illnesses, who are committed to giving the gift of hope to a family that is struggling with infertility.
Q: Once I Become an Egg Donor, How Long Will It Take for Me to Get Matched?
Because choosing an egg donor is an extremely personal decision, the time period for a donor to be matched with the right family varies. It can happen as quickly as the same day. It may take a month or more. This is a very emotional process for the recipients and they are always looking at donor profiles for their perfect donor.
Q: Will The Recipients Know Who I Am?
Most donations are anonymous. However, some recipients and donors find an “open egg donation” very fulfilling as well. The decision to make a donation open requires both the donor and recipient's wholehearted agreement.
Q: Once Matched, How Long Will the Cycle Take?
A cycle for a first time donor will take 90-120 days, and 60-90 days estimated for a previous donor to complete a cycle.
Q: What is the Procedure for Retrieving the Eggs? Is the Egg Retrieval Painful?
At the very end of the donation cycle, the egg donor will have daily monitoring. When the follicles have reached the desired maturity, the doctor will schedule the retrieval procedure. This is a half-hour procedure that requires a light anesthetic to be sure the donor doesn't move. The doctor uses an ultrasound-guided needle, inserted through the vagina, to collect the eggs from both ovaries.
After the procedure, the donor will be unable to drive for up to 24 hours, due to the anesthesia. Most donors rest for 24 hours after the retrieval, and most go back to their normal schedule the following day. In very rare cases donors may have a severe reaction to fertility drugs that will require additional medical treatment or hospitalization.
Q: Will I Be Compensated?
Egg Donors are compensated for the gift of hope they give to families struggling with infertility. At Beverly Hills Egg Donation, donors receive $8,000 for their first donation. That fee is paid for the time and inconvenience of the donation. For donors who have donated more than once, the fee will increase by a standard amount. Special fees may be offered to donors who meet extraordinary standards.
Q: Are There Risks to My Fertility from Egg Donation?
The physicians we work with tell us that there are no proven long-term risks from egg donation per se; however, you should discuss any concerns you have with your physician and/or nurse.
Q: Will I Have to Travel For My Donation?
Should you decide to accept a match with a recipient whose doctor is out of your local area, you will be required to travel. Your monitoring is generally done at a doctor's office near you. You will need to be near the clinic where the retrieval is taking place for about a week prior to the donation, and for a short time following the retrieval. Each match, and each doctor, has their own requirements, and you will be informed of the time frame applicable to your match once you meet the doctor.
Q: Who Will Make My Travel Arrangements?
When you travel for your donation, Beverly Hills Egg Donation will make your travel arrangements. You will be allowed to bring one travel companion with you for assistance through the cycle.
Q: Am I Responsible for My Expenses Related to the Donation Cycle?
Travel-related expenses (beyond 25 miles) will be reimbursed, and your Cycle Coordinator will explain those details to you. Please follow her instructions carefully, keeping receipts, etc..