Egg Donor Q&A: Donor Qualifications
Posted On October 20th, 2008
What are the qualifications to be an egg donor?
You must be over 21 and in excellent health with a normal height and weight (your body mass index, or BMI, should not exceed 27). You must be familiar with the medical history of your parents and extended family (so women who were adopted traditionally are ineligible). You should not smoke, drink, or engage in risky behaviors. Distinguished academic achievement and attractiveness are especially valued characteristics. The ethnic backgrounds in greatest demand are Caucasian and Asian (especially Chinese and Indian). There is no official maximum age, but the best candidates are under 30. Most candidates over 30 are hard to match unless they have donated successfully before.
In order to be an egg donor, you will fill out a lot of forms and answer a lot of questions. It is important to be as honest as possible, so the right match can be made for you. Your honesty, maturity, and responsibility levels will be evaluated during your psychological screening, so only the dedicated need apply.
Guide To Conceiving Through Egg Donation
Posted On September 28th, 2008
This is a comprehensive guide to conceiving through egg donation, which looks at the entire egg donation process from a variety of angles. Please click any of the headings below to read the full article.
- Introduction – Conceiving with donor eggs occurs in three stages: the donor search, the donor screening, and the IVF cycle. (Beginning to think about using donor eggs?)
- Adoption – Using donor eggs means that your child will have a maternal genetic relationship to another woman, typically a complete stranger. (If it’s Not My Baby, Why Not Just Adopt?)
- Egg Donor Candidates – IVF clinics & independent egg donor programs reach potential egg donors through advertising, mostly through Web and classified ads in newspapers. Put “egg donor” into any search engine… (Who Would Want to Be an Egg Donor?)
- Finding an Egg Donor – If your in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic has its own egg donation program, you may find your donor through their own pool. (Finding Your Egg Donor through Your Own IVF Program)
- Using a Private Agency – A number of companies, unaffiliated with any medical facility, serve as egg donor brokers. Finding a donor through an egg donation agency offers a number of advantages… (Finding Your Egg Donor through a Private Agency)
- Egg Donor Profiles –