Egg Donation Explained


What is Egg Donation?

Egg donation is a fertility treatment where a young, fertile woman (donor) donates some of her eggs to help another person or couple (recipient) have a baby. This is done through a process called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

How Does it Work?

To donate eggs, the donor must take medications to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are then removed while the donor is under light sedation. Once the eggs are extracted, they can be frozen or fertilized with sperm from an intended parent(s) or sperm donor or frozen. The embryos/eggs will then be frozen for future use or transferred to the uterus of an intended parent or a gestational carrier.

Who Should Consider Using Egg Donation?

Egg donation makes pregnancy possible for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs. It is also a viable solution for male couples or single intended parents who wish to have a baby using donated eggs and a gestational surrogate.

  • Women who have poor quality or no eggs.
  • Women who do not have ovaries but have a uterus.
  • Women who have a genetic disorder but do not want to pass it on to their children.
  • Males or same-sex couples who wish to have a biological child using their sperm with donated eggs and a gestational carrier.

Who Can Become an Egg Donor?

Egg donors are women, usually between 21-29 years old, who are healthy and willing to donate their eggs to a recipient. They can be unknown, known to the recipient (such as a friend or family member) or offer an open-ID donation (where some identifying information is shared with the donor-conceived child).

Egg Donor Requirements

At our Las Vegas egg donor agency, donors are carefully screened by infertility professionals and must pass extensive interviews as well as meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 21-29
  • Non-smoker
  • No illicit drug use
  • No history of serious genetic illness
  • BMI less than 30
  • Pass a background check (upon request of the intended parents)

How Much Money Do Egg Donors Get Paid?

At our Las Vegas egg donor agency, egg donor compensation starts at $7,000. The compensation is determined by the donor and is based on the number of times she has donated, the level of her education, and other qualities.

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The Egg Donation Process

What is the Cost of Egg Donation?

The cost of an egg donor cycle is an investment in your future and legacy. The average cost of a donor cycle with Plum Egg Donor Agency (agency fee, donor compensation, legal fees, donor insurance, escrow costs) is $18,000-$35,000. This does not include travel and fees determined by your IVF clinic.

Could using donor eggs be the next step in your fertility journey?