At Emerald Donors we always believe in making an informed decision. We encourage donors to research and ask questions. If a question isn't answered here please reach out and contact us now.
Why should I be an egg donor?
- You get the witness the wonders of modern medicine first hand.
- You’ll learn all about your reproductive system and how amazing the female body is.
- You get to meet amazing like-minded, egg donors and make lifelong connections.
- You get to be part of something so special and unique… trust us you feel this.
- You may help a family's dream come true.
What is required to be an egg donor?
- Overall a healthy woman
- A BMI below 28.
- Have a regular menstrual cycle
- The ability to travel internationally (passport? Time to take off from work, studies, family etc.)
- Between the ages of 18 to 32
How long until I am matched?
There is no answer for this question. Sometimes a donor gets matched immediately, sometimes a few weeks or months. It is all about timing andthe recipients who choose you. The Emerald Donors team goes full out to ensure a best presented profile. You can increase your chances by submitting high quality pictures, a video and well answered questions.
How much am I paid?
It is illegal for an egg donor to be paid but donors may be compensated for their time, effort and commitment. Emerald Donors are compensated $3,500.00 per a cycle.
Must I pay for anything?
Your recipient will pay for your medical expenses, flights, visa, breakfast and accommodation. You are only responsible for your contraceptive pill, transportation to the airport and site seeing.
How long will I be overseas for?
You start stimulation in your country and fly to your destination on day 9. You will be at the destination for about 1 week.
How does egg donation work?
Please read our full description on our egg donation process page.
Does it hurt?
The egg retrieval is done under sedation so you do not experience any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, some donors feels absolutely nothing whereas other donors experience some cramping. The cramping is similar to menstrual cramps. Each donation is different.
Am I asleep during the retrieval?
Yes, the egg retrieval is done under sedation.
What are the risks?
The main risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome, a condition caused due to over stimulation of ovaries. It is a rare condition seen in 1% of IVF cases. The Emerald Donor specialist carefully monitors the process through bloodwork and scans to avoid this possibility.
Will this process affect my fertility?
Did you know you are born with about one to 2 million eggs! When you reach puberty, your ovaries have around 400 thousand eggs left. Every month 15-20 eggs mature inside the follicles inside your ovaries. However, usually only one follicle reaches maturity while the rest are discarded by your body.
When you donate your eggs, the medication used fully develops all of the eggs in your follicles that are naturally available in that particular cycle. In short, no more eggs are removed than what your body naturally puts out.
Will I be alone?
Never, our skilled team is with you every step of the way at the destination. You will always have direct contact with the Fertility Specialist, coordinator, drivers etc.
Is this the same as surrogacy?
Basically an egg donor donates eggs and the surrogate carries the made embryo. So no, it is completely different. However, both are amazing woman wanting to make a difference in the world.
Can I take other medications?
It is important to let us know if you are taking any medication before or during the cycle so neither your health nor the cycle is jeopardized.
What forms of contraception may I use?
It is fine to be using birth control pills, patch, intrauterine device or vaginal ring as long as you have a regular period. However, the following will halt the process:
1. Implant – you will need to have this removed and wait for about two weeks for your hormone concentration and thus your menstrual cycle to regulate.
2. Injection – you will need to discontinue this to allow the medication to exit your system and your regular period to commence before you can start the donation journey.
Is being on the pill really that important?
Yes, in order to be an active donor you must be on the contraceptive pill. The pill prepares the ovaries for Stimulation. Our Fertility Specialists uses the pill to control the timing of the cycle which is key. The pill also decrease the chances of cysts that could interfere with the cycle.
Why is the cut off to sign up 32?
Egg quality is deemed to deteriorate with age. We know everyone is different but 32 cut off is the general consensus for new applicants.
Why do woman with a higher BMI not meet donor requirements?
This is because a higher weight requires higher doses of drugs to induce ovulation thus we have enforced that donors BMI must be under 28.
Can I be an egg donor if I had a hysterectomy or my tubes tied?
Yes, the egg retrieval takes place before the eggs are released by the body, which means it is irrelevant. Please however let us know this when you sign up.
What is expected of me to be an egg donor?
1. Honest – you need to be upfront and honest with the team throughout the process to not jeopardize the cycle.
2. Commitment – you need to be able to tend to any pre trip appointments such as blood tests, scans etc.
3. Follow Instructions – you need to follow the teams instructions exactly regarding how and when to take medications, and ask questions when clarification is needed. We are always here for this, rather ask a million times if you are unsure.
4. Communication – you need to be able to communicate any problems during the cycle.
5. Presentation – when you are an Emerald Donor you are part of a highly esteemed group. We ask kindly that when visiting the clinics or representing Emerald Donors you always keep this in mind.
Why Emerald Donors?
You will be a part of a skilled team of physicians and clinical staff with the mission to ensure the best care for our donors. All of your care from start to finish throughout your egg donation process is managed by our team of specialists. You will never be referred to an outside facility for your care. We are committed to making the experience a positive and rewarding one for you.
I still have more questions… who can I speak to?
Please contact us and a member of the team will respond. If you have already been appointed a coordinator, please contact them directly via email, WhatsApp or phonecall.