Who will use my eggs?
GRACE works with parents from all over the world. These parents are heterosexual, same sex, married or single. Each of them is different but they have a common dream, become parents. The intended parents will have access to your profile and decide to work with you.
Will I meet the parents or the baby? Can I know if they got pregnant?
It depends if you decide to make a known or anonymous donation. This point will be discussed with our team member at the beginning of your journey. If you decide to donate your eggs anonymously, If you decide to make a known donation, you will be able to meet the intended parents (via Skype or in person). In some cases, the egg donor keeps contact with the intended parents even after the birth. This will be a decision you and the intended parents will make.
Are the intended parents from United States or international? If international, is there any other laws regarding eggs that I should be aware about.
Most of the intended parents are internationals. Your donation will be regulated by a contract in the U.S. No international laws will apply.
How many eggs taken during retrieval
It will depend on how many eggs your ovaries produce each month. During ovulation, usually only 1 egg is mature. Hormonal stimulation works to increase the number of mature eggs developing in the ovaries.
Is it painful to donate eggs?
During the stimulation phase, a donor might experience PMS-like symptoms, some minor irritability and bloating. The procedure is done under sedation so the donor will not experience pain during the procedure. After the procedure, the donor will usually feel groggy from the sedative and may experience some spotty bleeding and / or cramping. This typically goes away after a few hours.
Will I be put under? Sedated? Awake?
You will be fully sedated for about 20- 30 minutes during the egg retrieval. You will then need to rest for a couple hours after the retrieval.
What are the short-term and long-term side effects of the treatment?
Common side affect is feeling discomfort and being bloated or experience abdominal pain right after the retrieval. It should not last long and should go away in few days.
Another is Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome. It can happen if hormonal medication is given in high doses.
Please note that that’s why we work only with clinics that use conservative protocol meaning they do not overstimulate you and hormones are given to you in very low doses.
During the hormonal stimulation as the clinic will tell you, you should only rest and not exercise at all.
Can I donate more than once?
Egg donors are allowed to do up to 8 donations*. We will request a medical records and a recommendation form from the doctor between each cycle just to be sure they have no concern with you donating another time.
*In selected clinics.
How donating my eggs will affect my everyday life?
During the egg donation process your schedule will have to be flexible for monitoring (ultrasounds and blood work). The day of the retrieval we recommend that you clear off your schedule as you might experience fatigue and cramping. Also, it is important to note that it is not recommended to workout during the treatment and after the retrieval.
Must I have had a child previously to be considered for egg donation?
No you must not have had a child to be an egg donor.
Will I need to take time off school or work?
Yes, you will need to take time off work or school for the IVF screening, the psychological evaluation, the blood works, the ultrasound and for the egg retrieval.
What are my costs?
It will not cost you anything, you will get reimburse for all expenses (travel, meal, transportation,mileage, etc.…)
How much do egg donors get paid?
First time donor get paid $5000. If you decide to do several cycles the compensation can go up to $10000.
You will also be compensated for your lost wages if applicable.