Thursday, February 10, 2011

Series: Egg Donor Frequently Asked Questions - #8 What Happens Once I'm Selected to be an Egg Donor?

What happens once I am chosen by an Intended Parent and agree to be their Donor?
  • The entire process should take between 6 to 8 weeks.
  • If the Intended Parents and you agree to meet, we will schedule a meeting that will be facilitated by Heartfelt Egg Donation.
  • You will receive a contract and you will meet with an agency-appointed attorney for legal consultation and contract review.
  • We will schedule your initial required psychological evaluation and testing and medical evaluation.
  • The treating physician will counsel you through the process and inform you of your schedule and how and when to begin taking the fertility medication.
  • You will be scheduled for a procedure that will remove the eggs from your ovaries. This procedure usually takes about 30-40 minutes and is done under sedation in an outpatient setting.
  • You will receive your compensation check within 7 days after the retrieval.
How long will it take to be matched?
This is not something we can predict. Some donors have been matched within one week of applying; others have taken as long as one year and some may never be matched.
How much time will I have to take off from work or school?
Appointments are usually early in the morning, so little or no time is missed. You will need to schedule an entire day for the egg retrieval. If your retrieval requires travel to a city where the Intended Parents doctor is located you may have to take additional time off of work or school. All travel and accommodation requirements will be arranged and paid for by Heartfelt Egg Donation on the behalf of the Intended Parents.
How much will I be paid and when will I receive the check?
Heartfelt Egg Donation has signed an agreement with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) that states that we will abide by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Ethics Committee Guidelines governing the payment of egg donors. The guidelines pertaining to appropriate donor compensation specifically state: "Total payments to donors in excess of $5,000 require justification and sums above $10,000 are not appropriate." Donors will not be compensated over $10,000 under any circumstance. Typically, you will receive your check within 7 days of the egg retrieval.

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