Atlanta, GA Egg Donors

The ACRM 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 approved, 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.

Click Here to Apply to Become an Egg Donor The ACRM Egg Donation Process

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.

The ACRM Egg Donation Process - Part 2: Egg Retrieval

The process itself is straightforward and typically takes about one month to complete.

  • Synchronization: Birth control pills are used for a few weeks to help prepare your body for egg retrieval.
  • Stimulation: During this time, daily subcutaneous injections of hormones are used to stimulate the growth of multiple follicles. They are easy to do at home. You will need to come into the office for us to monitor your progress. Visits are short, but frequent.
  • Egg Retrieval: This process is done under IV sedation, lasting approximately 30 minutes or less. Women typically report normal menstrual type symptoms post procedure.
  • Egg Freezing: The eggs are frozen the same day they are retrieved and become part of the ACRM Egg Bank.

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 Story

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 questions.

To learn more about our egg donor program and to see if you could be a good fit, contact ACRM today.