Atlanta Egg Donors
Egg Donation Process—Step 1: Screening
Potential Egg Donors at ACRM are each evaluated to ensure they are suitable
candidates for egg donation. The screening process begins with the completion of our
Egg Donor Application and submitting a copies of medical records and photographs for our submission
and approval. Once all preliminary information has been submitted and
approval, potential donors are scheduled for an appointment at our clinic
to start the screening process. Compensation for a donor applicant's
time begins with the very first screening appointment and increases as
each step is completed.
Typically a donor's screening is broken into three phases:
Phase One – During this stage, the applicant will have a full physical and
pap smear with one of our nurse practitioners. She will also have a transvaginal
ultrasound and AMH (antimullerian hormone) blood test to assess fertility
potential. We also perform FDA-mandated disease testing. Our egg donor
coordinator meets with the applicant to go over our program and makes
sure the potential egg donor is well-informed and comfortable with the process.
Phase Two – This phase consists of two parts. We forward the applicant’s
medical history and family history information to a genetics counselor
who will reach out to the potential donor for a phone consultation. Once
this is done, we move on to genetic screening. In our program we test
for the same diseases in all donors regardless of the applicant's
reported ethnic background.
Phase Three – At this point we provide the applicant with a referral to one of the psychologists
we work with. They administer a test called a PAI (personality assessment
inventory) and engage in a consult with the potential egg donor.
Step Two: Treatment Cycle
If an egg donor is going to have her eggs frozen for the ACRM Egg Bank,
she will begin birth control pills with the start of her menstrual period
and will receive detailed instructions for all medications used during
the stimulation phase up to retrieval of her eggs. The eggs are frozen
the same day they are retrieved.
If an egg donor is matched in a traditional or fresh cycle, birth control
pills are again used to help achieve cycle synchronization with the egg
recipient. The stimulation phase is the same for a donor in both cycle types.
Egg Donor Compensation
The egg donation process, from donor application to completion of screening
and being ready for matching, can take two to three months to complete.
We currently permit up to five egg donation cycles per donor, based on
the results of the each donation cycle. Upon completion of a donation
cycle, the egg donor will receive between $6,000 to $8,000 compensation
for her time and effort. She will also receive the satisfaction of knowing
that her generous gift may have helped a couple achieve their dream of
having a baby.
Egg Donor Stories
We asked one of our previous egg donors to share her experience in our program:
What advice would you give a young women who is thinking about donating her eggs?
I would tell her that it is an amazing feeling to learn more about your
body as a woman. You can help someone else create a life, a life that
isn't possible without people like you. I felt very empowered and
gained more self-confidence by truly understanding what my body is capable
of. I also had a wonderful support system from my boyfriend, close friends,
and family. I was careful not to discuss it with people who I feared would
be judgmental or wouldn't understand. I also do not believe that the
intended result of a child means that they are mine. I am not raising
this child and I do not believe I have any claim to that child. I simply
feel that I helped someone with similar physical traits and mental characteristics
achieve a successful pregnancy. It is all about your personal beliefs
and mindset. You must also have the time and energy to do this. The initial
process is very long, but worth it in the end. You receive a generous
compensation and a feeling that you helped someone achieve the dream of
becoming a parent.
What sparked your interest in donating?
I personally know someone who was able to conceive through an egg donor.
There was never a doubt in my mind that she felt like she made the right
decision. It was a beautiful thing to see her so happy after years of
struggling to have a baby.
What concerns did you have when you first applied?
I was worried that donation would create problems with my own reproductive
health, but the opposite is true. I am now more conscious of the health
of my body and understand how fertile I really am. When the time comes
for me to have my own child, I know I will be just fine. I was also slightly
nervous about injections, the retrieval procedure, etc. However, the staff
at ACRM are willing to answer questions thoroughly and I encourage girls
considering donation to do their own research and homework before signing up.
How has your experience been donating with ACRM?
I have had a great experience. The first cycle I was naturally a little
nervous, but everything went smoothly. My second cycle also went smoothly
and without all the nerves or anxiety of the first cycle. I always felt
like I was in good care at ACRM and I wasn't afraid to speak up with