Donors must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good general health.
  • Meet the current criteria of the FDA required Communicable Disease Screening.
  • Meet the current criteria of the Donor Egg Program of Columbia Fertility Associates for the screening of genetic and infectious diseases.
  • Have regular, ovulatory menstrual cycles.
  • Undergo a psychological/emotional evaluation administered by a mental health professional.

It is recommended that donors meet the following:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 30.
  • Have previously achieved a pregnancy.

Donors will be excluded for the following reasons:

  • Medical status that makes stimulating the ovaries to produce increased numbers of eggs a significant health risk.
  • Inaccessible ovaries or any other contraindication to egg retrieval.
  • Active pelvic infection.
  • Personal or family history which places the recipient at an increased risk for genetic abnormality.
  • Inability to understand instructions, procedures, and/or consent forms.
  • Inability to cope with the emotional stresses and time commitments involved in the egg donation process.