What to Expect From the Egg Donor Screening Process
Jul 01, 2023
What to Expect From the Egg Donor Screening Process

The decision to become an egg donor is life-changing. Women typically donate their eggs because they have an intense desire to help hopeful people become parents.

At YourEggs in San Diego and Newport Beach, California, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment throughout the egg donor process.

Our thorough donor screening process ensures the health and well-being of both our egg donors and the intended parents. Here’s what you can expect.

Step 1: Pre-screening questionnaire

Potential egg donors start by filling out our online pre-screening questionnaire. This part of the application is short and straightforward, and helps us gather basic information about you. You answer questions about your medical history, personal background, and why you wish to become an egg donor.

Our team carefully reviews every egg donor application to determine if you meet our initial criteria. Eligibility for egg donation requires donors to be 19-29 years old, have a body mass index (BMI) under 30, and weigh under 180 pounds.

Step 2: Initial consultation

If you meet the eligibility requirements, we schedule your consultation with our experienced medical team. This visit is an opportunity for you to get your questions answered, address any of your concerns about the process, and determine if egg donation is the right choice for you.

Step 3: Medical and psychological evaluations

If you’re happy with the initial consultation and wish to proceed with the egg donation process, our team moves forward with a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation. This stage of the screening process ensures you’re physically and mentally prepared to donate your eggs.

Our medical evaluation involves a physical examination, blood tests, pelvic ultrasound, and an assessment of your reproductive health. The psychological evaluation includes an interview with a mental health professional to assess your emotional well-being and readiness for the donation journey.

Step 4: Anti-Müllerian hormone screening

The compassionate team at YourEggs checks your anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels to see how many eggs you can donate. Proper AMH levels are important for a few facets of a woman’s reproductive health, including their egg count.

Step 5: Legal and financial considerations

We also must address the legal and financial aspects of the egg donation process. We work closely with legal professionals to ensure that all parties involved fully understand their rights and responsibilities.

YourEggs egg donors receive compensation starting at $5,000. Experienced, proven egg donors can receive up to $20,000.

Step 6: Matching process

Once you’ve successfully completed the screening steps, our team begins the matching process. YourEggs egg donors may donate a full cycle or shared cycle.

Full cycle donation

You’re matched with a single family if you make a full cycle egg donation, meaning all eggs retrieved during the donation process belong to them. Once you’re matched with the family, the entire process takes 8-12 weeks.

Shared cycle donation

In a shared cycle donation, you’re matched with more than one family. The egg donation process for shared cycle donors is often less than a full cycle donation.

Step 7: Egg donation

Once you’ve completed the egg donor screening process, the final stage requires a 10-day visit to our beautiful San Diego or Newport Beach locations in Southern California.

You have 2-3 days of appointments involving hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries, and then a 10- to 20-minute minimally invasive procedure under anesthesia to extract the eggs.

How to get started as an egg donor

Throughout the egg donor screening process, the team at YourEggs is here to provide you the information and support you need to make an informed decision. We’re honored to be a part of your journey as an egg donor.

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about our egg donor screening process, call the office or book an appointment online.