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How to Donate Eggs for Money
So You Want to Donate Eggs for Money
Many people have heard about egg donation, but not everyone understands the process. Maybe you saw an advertisement on Craigslist looking for egg donors and want to learn more.
A lot of young college students decide to donate when they find out they can make $7000 or more when they donate eggs. While that's a lot of money, keep in mind that there's a reason you're getting paid so much money! This is a complicated process that will take up a fair amount of your time. On top of that there are some personal issues you should consider before you make the decision to donate your eggs.
Can You Really Get Paid to Donate Eggs?
Smart people should always hear alarm bells when someone offers them thousands of dollars for what seems like very little work. Egg donation is one of those rare instances where there truly is a market for something that's relatively easy.
The amount of money you can be paid typically ranges from around $4,000 to $10,000. There is a fairly diverse market for eggs.
- Many women are at least allowed to place their information in a book for prospective parents.
- Men can generally only donate sperm if they're close to 6 feet tall and have a college education.
- Being attractive and well-educated will certainly help your prospects for selection, but many couples simply look for an egg donor that shares physical similarities with themselves.
As we'll discuss later, you will want to look for an agency that's reputable. Many advertisements promise exorbitant rates (anything over $10k starts to sound fishy). These may actually just be egg brokers looking to lure in interested parties, and then offer something much lower when everything is ready to go. There do seem to be some egg donation offers that are legitimate and higher, but these far exceed the professional ethics guidelines for what is necessary.
What is the Egg Donation Process?
- Find an agency. There are many agencies. Take your time to research them. Keep in mind that most potential parents are willing to pay for travel expenses, so you aren't limited by geography.
- Go through the screening process. The agency will put you through a vigorous screening process that is used to build your case, profile, and to sure you're healthy enough to donate as well.
- Wait for inquiry. This step may take as little as a few weeks, or it may never come. Prospective parents will have to choose you from all the potential women they look at. But remember, there are many people out there looking for egg donors.
- Interview and/or medical checkup. Most prospective parents will want to fly you to their local fertility specialist. Sometimes. they will meet with you. Other times, you'll simply get checked up by the doctor. Expect a pelvic exam, blood draw, and psychological evaluation to make sure you are a fit candidate for the procedure.
- Be selected. If everything goes well, the prospective parents will move forward. At this point, you should receive a contract that covers the payment schedule and treatment obligations of the parents. Remember, you should never have to pay out of pocket for any medical or travel expenses incurred through this process.
- Begin hormone treatment. At this point, you should have already discussed hormone treatments with the doctors. Now you will receive shipments so you can begin. Typically, these will be sent via FedEx or UPS to your home. The hormones are needed so that you will produce multiple eggs that can be harvested.
- Egg harvesting procedure. The most common procedure is called Ultrasound Guided Aspiration. The procedure has an excellent track record of safety and is also relatively quick.
- Get paid. Usually, you will get a small portion of money around the time you begin hormone treatment (it's typical to receive about $1000 at that stage). The remainder will be due once the procedure has been completed. Again, most reputable agencies pay between $4,000 and $10,000 total.
Personal Issues to Consider when You Donate Eggs
When making the decision to donate your eggs, it's important to think about the personal issues involved. You're going to be helping somebody have a child that doesn't have the ability to have their own, and most people think that's a wonderful thing. It is, of course. However, you should consider how you'll react knowing that there's a child in the world that is genetically yours. In most states and most situations, you will have no access to the child in the future. Egg donors have no parental rights as far as the state is concerned.
This is a deeply personal matter and you should careful consider if you are okay with this arrangement. In some limited circumstances, the legal parents of the child will create an agreement where you can contact the child in the future. However, this is definitely not the norm and tends to happen more frequently when you know the couple using your eggs before the donation process begins.
How Do You Avoid Egg Donation Scams?
- The most important thing to remember is that a legitimate egg donation will involve no money upfront from you.
- Also, once you're selected you should be signing a legal contract that guarantees all of your legal and travel expenses will be paid for while you are on hormone treatment and when your eggs are harvested.
- You will want to make sure that you look into whatever agency you choose to work with. Ask for references from former egg donors who have gone through the process.
- The biggest thing you'll want to look out for are egg brokers. As we discussed earlier, promises of $50,000 for eggs should be taken with a grain of salt and are likely an attempt to compile a database of potential donors. Don't waste your time with brokers since there are many agencies that handle this sort of thing more efficiently.
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