Curing an Empty Nest: Egg Donation

So I was talking to my good friend Chris O’Donnell on the phone the other night.  Quite frankly, our conversations are guarenteed to be obscure, yet fascinating nonetheless.
This time, during our 33 minute chit-chat, we somehow ended up discussing egg donation.  Which made me wonder…

Just how much do women get for offering up their goods?

With student loans up the wazoo, among other debts, I might be on to something.

So to answer my question, women typically get between $5-9K per harvest.  Not too shabby.

Obviously, the wheels in my head started turning. I had more questions, and wanted more answers. How does one go about snatching an egg from a woman’s nest? I mean, aside from the obvious monthly curse… 😉

Well allow me to tell you:

  1. The egg donor is screened & recruited
    1. This includes a pelvic exam, blood tests, & reproductive ultrasounds
    2. Psychological evaluation is required to determine if she is mentally fit to donate
    3. The legal contract is signed
    4. The donation cycle is started, which takes 3-6 weeks
      1. Birth control pills are administered during the first few weeks to synchronize the flow of the donor & recipient
      2. The  donor receives a series of injections that halt the normal function of ovaries
        1. These injections are self-administered on a daily basis for 1-3 weeks
        2. Follicle Stimulating Hormone is administered to increase the number of mature eggs produced by the ovaries
        3. 36-hours before retrieval, HCG is administered
          1. This ensures that the eggs are ready to be harvested
          2. 10-15 eggs are harvested during a 20-30 minute procedure

After the eggs are obtained, your job is done.

Caught on Camera: An Emerging Egg!

So how are the eggs retrieved?

Under conscious sedation, the eggs are retrieved vaginally via an aspiration needle, which is guided using ultrasound.  Afterwards, it is common to experience cramping and some spotting, but normal activities may be resumed the following day. Once the retrieval is confirmed, your compensation will be mailed to you immediately.

What are the risks?

  • 20% of women report psychological effects post-donation.
  • The donor might experience a reaction from the hormones, such as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
  • Though uncommon, liver failure may also occur. (yikes!)
  • Since egg donation is relatively new, research regarding the long-term impact is limited.  However, an increased risk of ovarian cancer is possible.

Did you know?

Over 1,000,000 eggs are donated every year!

Not only are eggs used for assisted reproduction, but scientists & doctors also use them for biomedical research too.
But since donating them for reproduction has to be calculated & timed appropriately, I presume they would have to tell you beforehand if your eggs were being used for research instead.

Want to learn more? Visit Egg Donation, Inc.

Apply to be a donor

Read success stories

Q&A with NurseLyssie & Friends!

This is why I love writing posts with friends around. 🙂

Brendon: So do they make you pay for all that?

NL: No!

Brendon: So who does?

Lou: The Egg Donation Society of America, duh.

NL: I’m guessing the recipient’s insurance.

NL: So what would you guys do if you were having sex with some chick and she told you she was super fertile and could get pregnant WICKED easy becuase she was donating?

Lou: That depends.

NL: What, on the situation? How good it is? Please elaborate.

Lou: Well that, and if I actually heard what she really just said. Basically how drunk I am.


Lou: Bottom line: Can we still do it?

So brutally honest.