Some women are unable to conceive for a variety of reasons including poor egg quality or ovarian function, previous disease, early menopause, surgical removal of ovaries due to chemotherapy or genetic issues. For these women, the use of donor eggs from healthy, more fertile women becomes a possible option when exploring treatments that will lead to the conception of a child. Egg donation has been offered in the United States since 1986 and as it becomes more widely accepted and available, more women are choosing it as a fertility treatment option.
Egg donation treatment is always combined with in vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of placing eggs and sperm together in the laboratory to stimulate fertilization and embryo development. When a woman's own eggs will not allow for successful IVF treatment, donor eggs may be substituted. At Georgia Reproductive Specialists, the IVF and egg donation treatments are performed by a reproductive endocrinologist and take place at the practice's on-site surgical center in the main office in Atlanta.
We recognize that your decision to be an egg donor is a tremendous gift! The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) does not allow participants to be 'paid' for their eggs, though it is clearly recognized that a donor should be compensated for their time and commitment to the program. Georgia Reproductive Specialists offers donors up to $21,000 per year.
It is an enormous responsibility to be selected to serve as an egg donor. Egg donors have to be screened to insure good general and reproductive health and psychological stability. Your gift in assisting others in fulfilling their dream of becoming parents is a commitment that starts with the application process. The ideal egg donor has to meet a series of strict medical standards. Basic program qualifications typically include the following:
Women between the ages of 21 – 31
Healthy, non smoking or drug use
Height and weight within normal range
Free of STD's
You will start the process by filling out the online application. If all of the criteria are met within this process then you will move on to the second tier of the application process; the donor profile. If your donor profile does not reveal any disqualifying information then an egg donor coordinator will contact you for an appointment to begin your journey of becoming an egg donor.