Atlanta Egg Donors
Egg Donation Process—Part 1: Screening
Potential Egg Donors at ACRM are each evaluated to ensure they are suitable
candidates for egg donation. The screening process begins once our
Egg Donor Application has been completed and submitted along with photographs for our approval.
Once the preliminary information has been submitted and approvedl, 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 two phases:
Phase One – During this stage, the applicant will have a full physical with
one of our nurse practitioners. She will also have a transvaginal ultrasound
to access ovarian follicles and blood tests which will include: AMH (antimullerian
hormone) to assess fertility potential, drug testing and genetic screening.
In our program we test for the same diseases in all donors regardless
of the applicant's reported ethnic background. Our egg donor coordinator
meets with the applicant to review family medical history and to go over
our program to make sure the potential egg donor is well-informed and
comfortable with the process.
Phase Two – This phase consists of two parts. After some additional bloodwork,
the applicant’s medical history, including genetic screening and
family history information will be reviewed in detail. The applicant will
be provided with a referral to one of the psychologists we work with.
They will administer a test called a PAI (personality assessment inventory)
and engage in a consult with the potential egg donor.
Step Two: Treatment Cycle
All eggs will be frozen and become part of the ACRM Egg Bank. The Donor
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.
Egg Donor Compensation
The egg donation process, from donor application to completion of screening
through egg retrieval can be completed in less than 2 months. We currently
permit up to five egg donation cycles per donor, based on the results
of each donation cycle. Upon completion of a donation cycle, the egg donor
will receive $7,000 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 woman 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