Egg Donor Application and Qualifications
Earn $6,000 - $10,000 per donation
In order to qualify to become an egg donor you must meet the following criteria:
Healthy female between the ages of 21–30
BMI between 18.5-27. To calculate your BMI click HERE.
Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver's license
United States Citizen or able to work in the United States
High School Graduate (College graduate or currently enrolled preferred)
Not currently on Depo Provera (For a minimum of 6 months)
No history of infertility
Regular, monthly menstrual cycles
Nonsmoker and drug free
No personal history of depression or mental illnesses
Willing to take injectable medications
Thank you for being such an Angel!
We couldn't do this without you. It is important to remember that becoming an egg donor requires a lot of responsibility on your part, and is not something to be taken lightly. You are expected to attend 7-12 monitoring appointments. These appointments will require flexibility with your school or employer and are scheduled around your cycle, not your ideal timing. You will also be required to follow comprehensive medicinal protocols including self administered injections, sign and transmit legal documents, make phone calls, schedule appointments, and possibly travel out of your state.
Donating your eggs requires a lot of your time and the intended parents are counting on you to be responsible. We request that you seriously consider the risks and time consuming aspects of egg donation before you apply. However, if you do become an egg donor we are sure you will find the experience rewarding and fulfilling!
In order to be considered for participation in our program a user must first complete the application form. We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only collect information that you voluntarily give us in your preliminary screening and in the In Depth Donor Application once you are approved to participate in our donor program. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone, however, if chosen for participation in an egg donor cycle your non identifying information will be shared with prospective parents. In addition, your identifying information may be shared with professionals of the legal, psychological, and medical field whose services are necessary to coordinate the egg donation cycle. You have the right at any time to see what data we have about you, if any, change or correct any data we have about you, request that we delete any data we have about you, or express any concern you have about our use of your data.
We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
Below is a general outline of what you can expect for your donation cycle. It is important to keep in mind that all clinics are different and as such each will have different protocols tailored to the individual donor.
Disclaimer – This page is for informational purposes only to give you a general idea of what the procedure entails. It is imperative that you follow the exact instructions given to you by your doctor, not by this website.
This video contains an overview of the egg donation process and is not intended to take the place of the advice of a medical professional. Watching This Video is a requirement for participation in our program. you can record Code Words from the video HERE
Egg Donor Information
Getting Matched An intended parent considers several different attributes when choosing an egg donor and to each couple what is important to one may not be as important to another. While one set of prospective parents may be searching for a donor with the closest physical resemblance to the intended mother, another couple may care
less about her physical appearance and more about about educational accomplishments or heritage. Once the prospective parents have made their final decision to you as their donor we will contact you. If you agree to proceed, you are considered matched.
Legal You will sign a contract with AAG known as the agency-donor contract. In addition you will sign a contract with your intended parents known as the direct contract which establishes an agreed upon compensation amount and outlines duties, relationships and rights between the egg donor and the intended parents. This contract will be drafted by your intended parent's attorney. You will schedule an appointment with your lawyer (which will be assigned to you by the agency) to go over the direct contract in depth and he or she will answer any questions you may have. You may also request changes. After you feel comfortable with your contract you will sign it and your attorney will send the signed contract with any requested changes back to the drafting attorney. You will not be given clearance by your physician to begin any medications until this contract has been signed by all parties.
Medical Screening After matching has taken place you will visit a clinic local to you or the intended parents cycling clinic (which may require you to travel if you reside in a state other than that of your intended parent's clinic). This first appointment will take place on day 2, 3, or 4 of your menstrual cycle so it is essential that you contact AAG on the first day of your menses so we can schedule your initial screening. You will have to be off of any hormone based birth control for at least one month prior to your preliminary screening so that your hormone levels can be tested. The purpose of this screening is to ensure you are an eligible candidate for egg donation. This screening will take three to four hours so it is important you set aside half your day for this appointment.
During this initial screening you can expect a urine analysis to test for substance abuse, blood draws to test for blood type, hormone levels, and FDA required screening for infectious diseases, as well as a complete physical and a baseline vaginal ultrasound to check the overall health and condition of your ovaries as well as the number of Antral, or resting follicles.
You are also expected to undergo a mental evaluation as a part of this initial screening which will be administered at the clinic or by an independent psychologist appointed by this agency. During this mental evaluation you will be administered an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic personality Inventory) and will then meet with the psychologist to discuss your feelings about egg donation and possible resultant offspring.
Cycle Start Provided the results from your initial screening negate infectious disease and confirm your positive candidacy for egg donation, you will be given the green light to begin a series of medications which will cause your body to mature more eggs than what it normally would. You will be placed on a monophasic birth control regimen to regulate your cycle with that of the recipients. In most cases you will take oral contraceptives for a minimum of three weeks.
Cycle Commencement Depending on your day 3 FSH levels and Antral Follicle Count the cycling clinic will draw up a prospective calendar outlining your medication protocol and a projected retrieval date. This earmarks a period of approximately 10 - 20 days where you will undergo several monitoring appointments and will give yourself daily subcutaneous injections in the privacy of your own home. You will receive a portion of your compensation once you start your injectible medications. There are three stages in your cycle:
Ovulation Suppression Ovulation Suppression is done to allow the doctor to control ovulation and is eventually used in conjunction with follicle stimulating drugs. There are two classes of drugs. The most commonly prescribed ovulation suppression medications are Lupron, Zoladex, or Synarel and are known as GnRH Agonists. Another class of ovulation suppression medications are Ganirelix or Cetrotide and are known as GnRH Antagonists. Both work in different ways to suppress LH surges. Ovulation Suppression medication will be given by self administered injections, subcutaneously, meaning into the fatty tissue of your belly.
Follicle Stimulation During Follicle Stimulation (also known as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation) more follicles are caused to mature than the one or two that normally would during a girl’s menstrual cycle. The most commonly prescribed Follicle Stimulating Hormone products are Follistim, Menopur, Bravelle, or Gonal-F. FSH products will overlap with Lupron. Your dose of Lupron or similar agent may be reduced at this time. The monitoring clinic will continue to monitor your hormone levels and follicular growth and will adjust your dosage as necessary. During this time you can expect to have monitoring visits at the IVF clinic bi-daily during the first part of your follicle stimulation phase, and daily during the last few days of this stage. It is imperative that you do not take Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs and that you abstain from sexual intercourse for the remainder of your cycle. Similar to your ovulation suppression medication, your follicle stimulation medication will be self administered subcutaneous injections.
Final Egg Maturation When your estrogen levels and follicle measurements look best for a positive IVF outcome the cycling clinic will instruct you to take an HCG (Human Chronic Gonadotropin) shot. This is a one time injection, commonly referred to as the "trigger shot" which will give your eggs their final maturation. This injection may be administered subcutaneously but is more commonly administered intramuscular, meaning in the muscle (into your thigh or buttocks). Your doctor will advise you if your trigger shot will be administered subcutaneously or intramuscular, it is not a preference. Your retrieval procedure will be scheduled exactly 34-36 hours later so it is very important that you take your shot at the exact hour and minute that your doctor instructs you to. The day following your trigger shot is usually an injection free day. The night before the retrieval Your doctor will instruct you not to eat or drink anything for a minimum of twelve hours before your procedure. It is important to stay hydrated during the day in preparation for the procedure, being careful not to drink anything more after the time your doctor advises.
Retrieval You will arrive at the clinic at the time your doctor instructs you to. It is very important that you are on time. In most cases, your doctor will ask that you arrive about an hour before your scheduled procedure. Ideally, you should wear loose fitting clothing such as sweat pants and a T-shirt. In addition, you will need to have someone take you to the clinic and remain there so they can drive you home after the procedure. You will not be admitted to, or released from the clinic without a designated driver.
You will be placed under anesthesia by I.V. and will be comfortably sleeping during the procedure, but will be breathing on your own. The doctor will then use an ultrasound guided needle to aspirate your eggs. To do this s/he will puncture each follicle and aspirate all of the fluid which will contain a single egg (per follicle). Once all of the follicles have been emptied the procedure is complete. Most procedures last around 15-25 minutes.
After you wake up the doctor will monitor you for a little while to see how you are feeling. In many cases the donor is released as soon as an hour after her procedure.
Recovery The day of, and after the procedure you should stay off your feet as much as possible. It is important that you stay well hydrated with electrolytes or water and eat plenty of proteins. You will feel bloated and will experience pains comparable to period cramps. You can take Tylenol to relieve your pain, or in some cases your doctor may have prescribed you pain medication to take as needed. In addition, you may be placed on an antibiotic regimen to avoid infection from the procedure.
On the second and third day after retrieval you will be advised to continue to take it easy, but can return to most of your normal activities. You can return to work as soon as you feel comfortable, which can be as early as two to three days after the retrieval procedure.
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Severe abdominal pain
Severe, persistent nausea
Dizziness or fainting
Difficulty urinating, or painful urination
Heavy vaginal bleeding soaking more than a pad per hour (spotting or light bleeding is normal)
You can expect to receive your period 2 to 4 weeks after the retrieval procedure. You must abstain from sexual intercourse until you have had your period! In addition, you are advised to avoid swimming in swimming pools, natural bodies of water, or taking a bath (especially with bubble bath) to avoid infection.
As is with all medical procedures there are medical risks involved which should be discussed in detail with your physician.
Compensation Congratulations! The hard part is over! Your selfless gift, dedication, and effort will forever affect the lives of a family. For most parents they may never feel like ‘thank you’ is enough, however, a small token of their appreciation is to offer you compensation for your time and discomfort exuded to provide them with this priceless gift. After your retrieval An Angel's Gift remit the remainder of your compensation check to your address on file with this agency within Seventy-Two (72) hours of clinic confirmation that the retrieval procedure was completed.
Most egg donors go through the egg donation process with minimal side affects. Of these side effects reported, most were not severe enough to dissuade a woman from considering a future donation.
However, as is with any medical procedure there are risk factors associated with donating your eggs. It is very important that you take the time to read and fully understand potential risks you are exposing yourself to. The possible risks outlined in this page are for informational purposes only and as such it is imperative that you discuss in depth the possible risks with your doctor.
The long term side effects of egg donation has not yet been fully confirmed but ongoing studies continue in effort to substantiate the risks involved with egg donation.
Here are some of the outlined risks you should be aware of:
You are likely to experience an increase in irritability or moodiness due to the change in your hormones.
Headaches are usually a side effect of the ovulation suppression medications. You can take Tylenol to ease your headaches but are strongly advised not to take Excedrin or other caffeine containing pain relievers. You are always advised to avoid ibuprofen or other anti inflammatory over the counter medications.
You can expect abdominal bloating during the latter phases of your follicle stimulation and significantly during the few days following egg retrieval. Your bloating will decrease within the weeks following the egg retrieval.
You can expect to gain 2-7 pounds during your stimulation cycle which will decrease after the egg retrieval procedure. You can look forward to returning to your normal weight after a few weeks.
Bruising at the sight of the injection
You are advised to switch sides and injection points on your abdomen or thigh to reduce epidermal (surface) bruising.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
OHSS is the result too much stimulation of the ovaries resultant from administration of fertility medication and occurs post oocyte release. In OHSS the ovaries suddenly become exceedingly swollen and fluid can leak into your chest cavity or belly area. In findings reported to the ASRM, OHSS is associated with approximately 1% of Assisted Reproduction cycles. The incidence and severity of OHSS may in fact be lower in oocyte donors, in part due to the absence of conception in their stimulated cycles*.
Your doctor will monitor your hormone levels by blood draws as well as your follicular growth by vaginal ultrasound on a daily to bi-daily basis during your follicle stimulation phase. S/he will then adjust medicinal dosages accordingly to aggressively prevent Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. While this significantly reduces the possibility it cannot entirely prevent it. In some cases increased hormones or ovary size may warrant enough concern to cause cycle cancellation.
Less severe cases of OHSS (more common) will go away on their own and significantly improve after a woman has had her period. These cases can commonly be treated with rest and leg elevation accompanied by minimal activity and adequate hydration with water or electrolytes. Staying hydrated is especially imperative after your retrieval procedure as the risk of OHSS is most signifigant in the three days following retrieval.
If hospitalization is needed doctors will remove fluid collected in your ovaries and/or other affected areas if necessary. In addition they will hydrate your system with intravenous fluids.
Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
Excessive weight gain of 4-5 pounds or more per day
Severe Abdominal Pain that decreases mobility
Shortness of breath
Ovarian Torsion occurs when the ovary twists and cuts off blood supply to itself. It occurs in less than .03% of patients, with 20% of these cases being in pregnant women. The risk usually increases in probability with OHSS. If not diagnosed and treated early on Ovarian Torsion can result in reduced functionality of that ovary or in more severe cases, removal of the affected ovary. Early detection and treatment usually produce favorable results.
The symptoms of Ovarian Torsion are characterized by sudden severe pain in the lower abdomen that can spread to the back, sides and thigh. These symptoms may also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting although this is not persistent in all cases. If these or similar symptoms are experienced it is imperative to seek the help of a medical professional if for no other reason than to rule its possibility out.
The risk of Ovarian Torsion is increased with physical activity so it is important to stick to minimal activity during the follicle stimulation phase as well as up until the onset of a normal period.
During the egg retrieval procedure there is a slight risk that the doctor could nip the bladder or other surrounding organs but are usually not significant enough to cause major damage.
Infection or Internal Bleeding
As a risk associated with any internal invasive procedures, you may encounter infection or internal bleeding.
Cancer is currently being studied as a potential risk of IVF procedures, but as of current no increased significance has been given to the correlation between egg donation and the risk of cancer.
*Fertillity and Sterility® Vol. 90, Suppl 3, November 2008, Copyright ©2008 American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Published by Elsevier, Inc.
Women who choose to donate their eggs typically have a mixture of altruistic and financial motives. Most women who choose to help infertile couples have known others struggling with infertility, or are parents themselves and could not imagine what it would be like to have difficulty getting pregnant. However, we firmly believe donors should be compensated accordingly for their time and effort.
First time egg donor compensation offered with An Angels Gift is $6,000 upon cycle completion. Though not mandatory, first time donors may increase their chances of getting selected with a lower compensation request. Compensation can increase after your first donation. A multitude of factors are taken into consideration when justifying higher compensation amounts such as previous donation results, physical attributes, and education credentials (college degrees, above average IQ’s, LSAT's, or high SAT scores).
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s ethical guidelines previously stated that $5,000 donor compensation requires justification and that any amount exceeding $10,000 is unethical. In recent times the ASRM removed this language from their guidelines. However, we still believe these are guidelines to be reasonable and we ask donors to consider the financial situation of infertile couples as well as the 'norms' of compensation requests among other candidates in a donor pool.
Federal law prohibits the selling of human gametes. The Donor compensation is not payment for the Oocytes (eggs) themselves, but for your effort and time involved in a donation cycle as well as pain and discomfort associated with cycle medications and retrieval.
Donors will receive $750.00 at the commencement of inject-able medications. The remainder of the compensation amount will be paid within Seventy-Two (72) of the IVF clinic confirming completion of the retrieval procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I expect to be matched with a set of intended parents?
Once your donor profile has been published in AAG’s online database it can take any amount of time to be matched. For some donors matching can happen very quickly, but for some donors it can take a lot longer. It is important to note that not all egg donors are chosen for Egg Donation cycles. Since the Intended parents make the egg donor selection An Angel’s Gift cannot guarantee to match you. However, you can increase your chances of being chosen by having clear, attractive photos in your profile, having open availability to travel, and cooperating with An Angel’s Gift in regards to keeping your profile current and remitting additional requested information in a timely manner.
Can An Angel’s Gift guarantee that I will match with a set of intended parents?
No. The Intended Parents make the egg donor selection. Our clients take many factors into consideration when choosing an egg donor including physical attributes, personality, and education. An Angel’s Gift cannot anticipate the needs of our Intended Parents nor can we guarantee that you will match the required traits that our intended parents are searching for.
Do I have to live in Colorado to work with your program?
No. We work with donors from anywhere in the United States.
Do I have to travel out of my state to be an egg donor?
No. Donors are not required to travel out of state in order to participate in our Egg Donor program. However, not being willing to travel will most likely significantly decrease your opportunities to donate as our intended parents can reside anywhere within the United States.
What can I expect if I am asked to travel out of state?
If asked to travel out of state we do our best to give you as much advanced notice as possible (in most cases 2-3 months). When asked to travel you will be advised of the city and state of your prospective destination and at that time you can agree or disagree to travel. If you elect to travel, all expenses for yourself and one companion will be paid through the agency. These expenses include, but are not limited to: airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem allowance to cover meals. If you end up having to pay any expenses out of pocket simply provide receipts to An Angel’s Gift. If it is a covered cycle related expense AAG will reimburse you.
You are also eligible to receive childcare reimbursement and missed wages in excess of paid vacation time provided by your employer. The agency will book your airfare and hotel and you will not be responsible for planning your own out of state arrangements.
How long will I be out of state if I agree to travel?
This can vary from clinic to clinic and from donor to donor. However, on average you and your companion can expect to stay in the state of retrieval for approximately five to seven days.
How much money will I have to spend?
An Egg Donor should never out of pocket any expenses. If you elect to travel, all expenses for yourself and one companion will be paid through the agency (see “What can I expect if asked to travel out of state?”).
In addition to these remunerations, if you are not traveling out of your state you are also eligible to be reimbursed for mileage to and from the clinic at the current IRS business rate, over the counter medications prescribed to you by the cycling IVF physician, and any other approved cycle related expenses.
What are some of the risks and side effects of egg donation?
Egg Donation is still a relatively new procedure and the risks associated with egg donation are still being studied. However, of the side effects reported most were minimal and were not serious enough to dissuade a donor from considering a future donation. Please visit our Risks page to find out more information pertaining to possible risksand side effects that could be associated with egg donation. An Angel’s Gift, Inc. is not staffed with medical professionals and any information provided by An Angel’s Gift, Inc. should never substitute an in depth discussion with a licensed physician specializing in the field of reproductive medicine.
Will this affect my own fertility?
No. Most donors who choose to have children after donating their eggs are able to successfully achieve pregnancy without any difficulty. Additionally, egg donation will not ‘use up’ all of your eggs. A healthy female is born with millions of eggs which do not mature until puberty. Many of these eggs die off prior to puberty resulting in approximately 400,000 eggs during a woman’s fertile years. During the course of these years even thousands more will fall off and die with only one or two maturing each month. The average number of eggs collected during a donor cycle can range anywhere from 10-15, although a small percentage of high responders can produce as many as 50 or more oocytes.
Do I have to give myself injections?
Yes. The IVF medications prescribed to mature your follicles are subcutaneous injections which are done in the privacy of your own home. Subcutaneous means that these injections are administered into the fatty tissue of your belly. Since there are hardly any nerve endings in the fatty tissue of your belly these injections are relatively painless.
You will give yourself daily injections for a period of approximately 10 - 20 days. The final trigger shot which is administered prior to the egg retrieval is a one-time injection normally administered intramuscular, or into the buttocks.
The staff at the IVF clinic will show you how to administer these injections. Additionally, there are online instructional videos and resources on our website. Although intimidating, most donors get the hang of it after their first injection and are often surprised at how painless they really are.
I’ve heard the retrieval procedure is painful. Is that true?
Donors are placed under IV sedation and are comfortably sleeping during the procedure. Most procedures last, on average, about 20 - 30 minutes and the majority of donors are released from the clinic within an hour or so. You can expect some cramping and bloating after you wake up and are advised to rest and drink lots of liquids. Most donors questioned did not consider the procedure uncomfortable or painful enough to dissuade them from doing a future donation.
How are the eggs retrieved?
While you are under IV sedation the IVF Physician will use an ultrasound guided needle to aspirate the eggs from each follicle in both of your ovaries. To do this he or she will carefully place the ultrasound probe into the vagina and will access the ovaries through the vaginal wall. The needle will then puncture each follicle within the ovaries and suction out all the fluid. Each follicle will contain one egg. The procedure is complete once all of the follicles have been emptied. The procedure can last, on average, about 20 - 30 minutes.
Will I have to give anything up during my cycle?
Yes. Since pregnancy and/or contracting an STD is a real possibility during your IVF treatment you will be asked to abstain from sexual intercourse during the follicle stimulation phase of your injection protocol and continually after the retrieval procedure until you have had your period.
You will also be asked to abstain from alcohol during the injection phase of your cycle.
Additionally, certain over the counter medications will be off limits during your cycle. One such medication is ibuprofen or similar anti-inflammatory medications. Never begin or discontinue any medication, over the counter or prescribed, without expressed consent from your IVF physician.
Can I still donate if I have had my tubes tied?
Yes. The procedure bypasses your fallopian tubes and accesses the ovaries directly.
Can I donate while I am breast feeding?
No. However, once you discontinue breast feeding you may be eligible to donate after having three healthy menstrual cycles.
Can I donate if I have a Mirena IUD?
Few clinics may be willing to work with a donor who has the Mirena IUD, however, we cannot guarantee that the clinic your intended parents are working with will accept such donors into their program and so a donor can reasonably expect to remove her hormonal IUD at her own expense after she is chosen by a couple. Removing it before being selected is not required however, having a hormonal IUD can add wait time to cycle commencement which may be undesirable to intended parents. The reason for this is because an egg donor would have to schedule removal of the IUD with her OBGYN and then subsequently wait for her period to start again before she could begin medical testing.
Thus, keeping your hormonal IUD in carries a slight risk of decreasing your chances of being selected but this is not certain.
If you have an IUD that does not release hormones such as Paragard you may donate eggs without having it removed.
Can't I just remove my Mirena IUD?
As stated above, removing your Mirena IUD prior to being selected by a couple is not required but keeping it in can add additional wait time to the egg donation cycle.
The choice to remove your Mirena IUD before bein
g selected by a couple is a very personal decision that must be made at your own discretion and risk. If you are considering having your Mirena IUD removed there are three factors to take into serious consideration.
First, you could have your Mirena IUD removed and not be chosen for an egg donation cycle.
Secondly, while some insurance plans cover the removal of your Mirena IUD, some do not. The cost to remove your Mirena IUD is at your own expense (however, all other egg donation related expenses are covered by the Intended Parents).
Thirdly, you could have your Mirena IUD removed, be chosen for an egg donation cycle, and not pass your cycle day three screening due to a myriad of possibilities which could not have been previously anticipated without medical testing. Such possibilities may include unfavorable hormone levels, discovery of an STD, low antral follicle count, indication of substance abuse, presence of an FDA Risk Factor, etc...
If after taking these possibilities into consideration you are still desirous to have your Mirena IUD removed before being selected we suggest you first speak to a representative at An Angel’s Gift to ensure you even meet the preliminary eligibility requirements. And as always, discussion with your OBGYN or health care professional is highly advised.
How long does an entire egg donation cycle take from start to finish?
Once matched, this can vary from donor to donor. On average you can expect to devote about two to three months of your time to an egg donation cycle. The first portion of this time frame consists of one initial visit with the IVF clinic to ensure you are eligible to donate, a psychological evaluation, signing legal contracts, and commencement of birth control pills. The latter part of this time frame (approximately 10 - 20 days) will consist of daily injectable medications and several monitoring visits to the IVF clinic leading up to retrieval.
How much information will the intended parents know about me?
The intended parents will be able to view your photographs and general information contained in your profile such as personality, likes and dislikes, physical attributes, and basic medical history. Your personal information such as address, social security number, last name, phone number, driver’s license number, and email address will be redacted prior to your profile being published. Your privacy and anonymity is very important to us and any identifying information you provide is for agency use only.
Will I meet the Intended Parents?
Donations arranged through An Angel's Gift are anonymous. This means you will not meet your intended parents in person. Your contract with your Intended Parents will stress the importance of anonymity and your clinic will work under this understanding as well. Although we ask in your in depth donor application if you would be willing to meet your prospective couple this is solely for the Intended Parents information. We will never disclose your identity to your Intended Parents without your express written permission. You may however utilize the agency as a third party communicator to pass messages along to your recipient couple which is always warmly received by the couple who will be receiving your eggs. Likewise, the Intended Parents may also send messages (and upon occasion, even gifts) through the agency to you as well.
What happens to the embryos created using my eggs?
Your Intended Parents may implant the embryos into the uterus of the Intended Mother or a Gestational Carrier to be gestated to term. Subsequently Intended Parents will raise any children born from embryos created using your eggs and will in fact be recognized as the legal parents. However, sometimes there are left over embryos even after Intended Parents feel their family planning is complete. The Intended Parents are then faced with a very difficult decision of what to do with their left over embryos. In such cases An Angel's Gift encourages Intended Parents not to destroy them or donate them to scientific research.
In IVF embryo destruction is rare. Most times intended parents desire to use all of their embryos for sibling projects and AAG fully supports this.
It is important for to understand that neither the Agency nor the Donor can tell the Intended Parents what to do with their excess embryos. Contractually, the embryos are referred to as the property of the Intended Parents. In addition to this, the embryos are protected by HIPAA law. Thereby, any decision the Intended Parents make regarding unused embryos is between them and their doctor. AAG will not get involved in any personal decisions intended parents make regarding their family planning. Our AIM is simply to provide information regarding positive alternatives to embryo destruction.
You can request in your contract with your intended parents that your written consent be obtained prior to any excess ova or embryos being donated for reproductive purposes. An Angels Gift cannot advise either party on such matters.
Why do women choose donate their eggs?
We understand that a woman's motivation to donate is partially financial. However, this should not be a donor's sole motivation to donate her eggs. Intended parents often times pour a mixture of emotions and finances into an egg donation cycle. There are real people on the other end of this equation and we ask donors to put themselves in their shoes. AAG will only work with women who also exude compassion and work within the premise of empathy for the couple they are helping. Our experience has taught us that kindheartedness is truly the key ingredient to success.
What are some of the benefits of becoming an egg donor?
Earning extra income while still going to school or work
All-expense paid trips for yourself and a companion if asked (and willing) to travel out of state
Knowing you’ve helped a fellow human being achieve their dreams of having a baby