About Becoming an Egg Donor
Q: Will my identity be revealed to the recipients?
A: While the egg donor’s physical profile and medical history is given to the recipient, no information that would reveal your identity is disclosed.
Q: I’m interested in donating but would not be available to do so for a few months. Would this be okay?
A: We are always able to work with you to schedule a donation cycle that fits your time constraints.
Q: Are there any side effects to donating eggs?
A: Some egg donors may experience mild side effects during their cycle, such as mood swings, breast tenderness, or fluid retention. There are rare risks associated with the egg retrieval procedure, which your ovum donation team will discuss with you during your consultation.
Q: I want to donate but don’t want friends or family to know. Will this information remain confidential?
A: The information that you provide to us when you become an egg donor is strictly anonymous and confidential. We will never disclose any identifying information about you to any of the potential matches. You are solely identified as the match for a particular couple based on your physical attributes, such as nationality, eye color, hair color, height, and weight. As an egg donor, you also will not be given any information about the recipient couple and whether the cycle resulted in a pregnancy.
Q: Will I meet the donor recipient?
A: Although some centers urge and allow egg donors to meet the recipient couple, RMA of New York does not encourage or require such a meeting. In fact, all the information you provide to us aside from matching attributes will be kept confidential.
Q: How many times can I donate?
A: The amount of times that one can donate eggs may vary. Some egg donors are willing to consider more than one cycle, while others only do it once. RMA of New York’s policy maintains that an egg donor can donate up to 6 times during her lifetime, offering the opportunity for the egg donor to be compensated up to $60,000 for their time and effort.
Q: How long of a commitment does donating eggs entail?
A: The commitment to 1 egg donation cycle may take several months to complete. Remember, an egg donor must be psychologically, genetically, and physically screened in the first phase. This screening may be completed over the course of the first month. After the screening process is complete, the egg donor’s cycle is synchronized to the recipient’s menstrual cycle, and the eggs are retrieved the following month.
Q: I do not reside in New York. Can I still donate?
A: Yes, you may still donate eggs as long as you are able to make it to one of our locations (Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island, or Brooklyn) for monitoring appointments and screening visits. These frequent appointments are necessary to ensure that the medications are stimulating your ovaries as expected and to ensure your body is not at any harmful risk.
Q: I am outside the 21-32 year old age range that RMA of New York’s Egg Donor program is targeting. Why am I ineligible?
A: The optimum fertility age is between 18 and 32 years old. We start the age range for egg donation at 21 since we believe that at this age, the individual is mature enough to make responsible decisions such as choosing to donate eggs. In order to maximize the chances for the recipient to conceive, we do not accept egg donors older than 32.
Q: What type of woman is a good candidate for egg donation?
A: Egg Donors are usually women between the ages of 21 and 32 and are in good health, both mentally and physically. Family health history will be considered during both the screening and matching process.