Ready to be an Egg Donor? – What Should You Look for in an Agency?
Donating your eggs can be a tricky process to navigate, especially if you’re donating for the first time. How do you make sure that you’ll be taken care of throughout the process? At Bright Expectations, we want you to be informed, comfortable, and excited about the egg donation process from start to finish.
As an egg donor, doing your research is critical when choosing an agency. What exactly should you be looking for when choosing an egg donation agency? Obviously, this question will always depend on what’s most important to you, but here are some things that we’ve noticed make a big difference for donors that choose Bright Expectations.
Reputable Medical Background
For starters, it’s supremely important that your egg donation agency has highly qualified doctors, a great reputation in the medical community, and a long list of happy donors. Any agency that can boast all three of these features is worth taking a closer look into.
A team of highly experienced IVF professionals is an absolute must. Of all the things that you’ll want to find out about your prospective donation agency, this should be at the top of your list. Look into their team of doctors to make sure they’ve got many years of collective experience and are in good standing with their past patients. If you have questions that you can’t find answers to online, make sure to call the agency and ask, most agencies are more than happy to assist you with your research.
In addition to looking at their website and/or calling the business, try to find news articles about your prospective agency to make sure there haven’t been any huge scandals or other troubling news about them. News stories can help you get an outside opinion of the agency that you might not get just from looking at their website.
Since egg donation is a medical procedure, the medical background and reputation of your prospective agency should be your top concern when it comes to making a final decision.
Thorough Vetting Procedures
A reputable egg donation agency should have fairly strict guidelines on who they are looking for for their egg donors. This should be something you check for any prospective agency, because not only will you have to submit to their application and requirements yourself, you want to make sure the agency is seeking quality, medically sound donors.
Careful donor selection indicates a high level of quality for the agency as well as the overall donor database, and generally means you’ll be compensated better if you qualify as a donor. A high quality donor database is a good indicator of a reputable and trustworthy agency.
In addition, you want to make sure your profile is a part of an exceptional database of donors to increase your chances of being matched with intended parents seeking an egg donor.
Continuity of Care
Look for an agency that has a dedicated team of doctors or is partnered with a reputable IVF facility. This will ensure that you are working with the same group of doctors throughout the egg donation process. For example, here at Bright Expectations we partner with Southern California Reproductive Center as our dedicated IVF facility.
Some agencies work with any number of doctors or IVF clinics, which can result in clerical mix-ups and longer wait times for lab results and record transfers. By choosing an agency that has a dedicated team, your data will all be in the same system and you won’t have to repeat your life story to each new doctor that you meet during the process.
On top of being more convenient for you, having a dedicated IVF facility reduces the chances of communication errors between doctors and the donation agency. Less opportunity for mistakes means a safer donation experience for you overall.
Egg donation is a lengthy process and you need to make sure that you are being compensated appropriately for your time, energy and eggs. Generally you should be earning roughly $8,000 – $10,000 per cycle for egg donation. Make sure you choose an agency that will give you a fair price for your eggs.
Donating your eggs can be a great way to help take care of student loans, car payments, or even put a down payment on a house. Even if you don’t have specific financial goals, egg donation compensation should be high on your list of criteria for choosing your agency. At Bright Expectations we strive to offer the highest compensation rates around.
Many donation agencies offer the option to remain an anonymous donor. If privacy is a concern for you, be sure to check that your prospective agency will keep you identity and information secure.
Given the personal nature of the egg donation process, it’s difficult to compile a fully comprehensive list of what you should find out about prospective donor agencies. In our experience, these are the top factors that make the difference for egg donors that choose Bright Expectations as their egg donation agency. Click here to view our frequently asked questions for more insight into the egg donation process.
We wish you luck on your egg donation journey and hope that this information helps make your decision a little easier. If you have any questions for us, feel free to contact us at any time!