Am I qualified to donate my eggs?
There are many qualifications required to receive approval for egg donation, however if you meet the basic qualifications we will strongly consider you as a donor candidate. 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, menstrual cycles.
- Undergo a psychological/emotional evaluation administered by a mental health professional.
- Be between the ages of 19-32
- Have a BMI <30
Who are egg donors, and why do they donate?
Egg donors are women of different ages, races, and cultural backgrounds. Some of them are driven to donate due to altruism and others are driven by the mutual benefit of helping others while receiving compensation for their effort. There are many reasons why a woman may choose to donate her eggs, however, all have one thing in common- the wish to help another women experience the happiness of carrying and delivering a baby.
There are Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors. Known donors may be relatives, friends, or recruited donors who wish to meet their recipients. Anonymous donors may come from several sources, and usually happen upon the opportunity of egg donation via internet search or word from a friend.
How are egg donors screened?
The screening of egg donors varies between clinics, however at Columbia Fertility Associates, prospective egg donors undergo a complete examination by a physician in order to determine their ability to undergo the procedure required with egg donation. In addition, donors are screened for genetic and heritable diseases via an extensive questionnaire. When necessary, appropriate laboratory testing is performed to rule out identifiable genetic diseases.
Donors are also screened for infectious diseases which may be transmitted to the recipient. This currently includes syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, viral hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, and HIV. All donors are screened by a mental health professional to explore their views on egg donation and the ramifications of becoming an egg donor. In addition, their reasons for wishing to donate eggs are explored.