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Is it safe to become an egg donor?

You are going to participate in the infertility treatment called IVF (In vitro fertilization). IVF is one of the already established and common methods of infertility treatment. In the usual IVF process, one woman conducts procedure starting from the egg retrieval to embryo transfer. However, in ovum donation, two women are involved: the egg donor participating in the egg retrieval process and the recipient participating in the transfer and carrying pregnancy. CROD collaborates with the best IVF clinic in the U.S. that provides the highest standard of technology, medical staff (including doctors) and medical ethics. For the clinic, the donor窶冱 safety and well-being comes first when proceeding the program.

If I become a donor and donate my eggs, will I lose all my eggs?

No. A woman is normally born with approximately 2 million ova. When a girl reaches adolescence and starts to menstruate, she has approximately 200,000 ova. Among those ova only a small number of eggs are released naturally after ovulation in a woman's period every month. In infertility treatments, the number of eggs you will donate to a third party are only a limited amount. In one cycle, the average is 8 to 20 eggs. In addition, these are the eggs that you would lose every month if not retrieved. Therefore, you are not losing any additional eggs by becoming a donor.

What kind of side effects does the medications for the donor process have?

When you use stimulation medications, some people experience distension of the abdomen, or unpleasant feelings similar to PMS. Beforehand, the clinic will give you a detailed explanation of the side effects.

In becoming an egg donor, will I have problems in the future when I become pregnant or deliver?

No. The process of becoming a donor, and the medications you take will not directly affect any future pregnancies or deliveries.

Does it hurt when the eggs are retrieved?

During the egg retrieval procedure, you will be sedated, so you should not feel any pain. In addition, it is also possible to get pain medication through the IV before you wake up from the procedure.

After registering as an egg donor, how long does it take until I actually donate my eggs to the couple?

Until the prospective couple selects you and the match is made, nothing will happen. You could be selected within anywhere from one day to several months. Once the prospective recipient couple selects you and the match is made, and after you start medications, the process will be finished in approximately 6 weeks. (Approximately 30 hours of your time)

I am currently a student, but how much school would I have to miss for the donor process?

Going to the clinic can be done in the morning, so there is no need for you to miss school entirely. There is one exception, you will have to miss one full day for egg retrieval.

If I become an egg donor, please explain how the financial reimbursement of necessary expenses works.

Please refer to "Financial Compensation and Expenses" for a detailed explanation.

Does the donor have to pay for medical fees?

No. Unless the donor breaches the contract, the egg donation program medical fees will be paid solely by the recipient couple. For details about the payment of expenses, please refer to Financial compensation / Expenses.

In donating my eggs to the prospective couple, will I have any responsibility as a donor to the prospective child?

No. The responsibility of the prospective child lies completely to the prospective couple.

Can I become an egg donor a number of times?

In the IVF clinic's guidelines, it is possible to become an egg donor up to a maximum of 6 times in your life time.

Inquiry/Contact Us
If you would like information about our service, or our egg donor registry, please contact us at:

 > Egg Donor Inquiry Form
 Tel :415-395-9801
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