Become an Egg Donor

Washington University Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center invites non-smoking women who are between the ages of 21 and 31 years to donate their eggs to help couples struggling with infertility build a family.

Donors are selected very carefully, and if you are a candidate for donation you will be providing an amazing gift to our patients.

In addition to having the personal satisfaction of helping a couple create a family, egg donors receive compensation for their time and effort. In addition, all medical expenses involved in the egg donation process are covered by the recipients.

There are more people waiting for donor eggs than there are donors. Hopeful couples may wait up to one year for donor eggs. Please help these couples have an opportunity to grow their family.

To get started, begin the application process here or read our Egg Donation FAQs.

What do we look for in an egg donor?

Donor candidates should be:

  1. Between ages 21-31
  2. Non-smoker
  3. All ethnic backgrounds
  4. Very responsible and motivated to meet time requirements of the donation process
  5. BMI <30
  6. Not adopted

Egg donors within the Fertility and Reproducitve Medicine Center Network are intended to donate anonymously (i.e there will never be contact or identification between the donor and the recipients). In the process, the egg donor relinquishes all parental rights to any resulting offspring.

What can I expect from the donor screening process?

If you meet the criteria noted above you will be invited to move to the next steps in the process. If there are any concerns along the way, you will not be recommended to proceed with donation.

Recommended by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and required by the FDA for any tissue donors, the intent of the screening process is to ensure that the applicant is fit to donate both medically and psychologically, and also to ensure that her “tissue” (i.e eggs) does not pose any infectious disease risk to the recipient.

The screening process includes:

  1. Psychosocial evaluation
  2. Submitting a FDA required questionnaire about your medical history and background
  3. Meeting with our genetic counselors to review your family history
  4. Meeting with one of our physicians to review the donation process and
    • Screening blood work (HIV1/2, HTLV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia)
    • Complete physical exam including breast and pelvic exam

What happens after I become an eligible donor? 

Once you complete the screening process and are designated an eligible donor, then you will be matched with a recipient. The time from becoming an eligible donor to being matched can vary.

Once you are matched with a recipient:

  1. You are taught how to give yourself the egg donation medications
  2. You are then given a schedule with specific instructions on when and how to administer your medications
  3. Your cycle is synchronized with the recipient, and a couple of weeks later the process of stimulating your ovaries to grow eggs for donation is started
    • Monitoring with serial blood levels and vaginal ultrasound over a 2 week period (~4 30 minute visits)
    • Eggs are retrieved
  4. Follow up for post operative visit 2 weeks later

Graph: How the egg donor’s and recipient’s cycles are synchronized (click for larger view).

The entire synchronization, donation and follow-up process takes approximately four weeks. Most donors are able to continue to work or go to school during that time.

Questions about the process?

Contact our Washington University Egg Donor coordinator at 314-286-2528

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