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Essays on the process of conceiving through IVF treatment and egg donation. Holding our heads, hearts and words together with passion and in hopes that parents can expand their families through Elevate.

An Essay From Our Founder on Choosing Egg Donors

I’ve performed a variety of searches throughout my life for various things. When I served a Mormon mission in North-Eastern Brazil at 18, I was constantly searching for those that would be willing to listen to me. When I first moved from Utah to New York, I searched long and hard for an apartment in Queens that was pithing my small Broadway budget. When I decided I wanted a lifetime partner, I spent years searching for the right man. But none of those complicated searches would compare to the search I performed to find an egg donor.

What Are The Challenges of Finding an Egg Donor? 

Please do not confuse my frustration when searching for egg donors with an elitist attitude or feeling that these many generous women willing to donate weren’t enough. It was interesting because as I viewed thousands of donor profiles I found something special about almost every single one (except for the one who said she was donating just to receive money for her breast implants and would prefer not to donate to a gay couple), but hey - to each their own. 

As I went through the various profiles of egg donors I could see that many of these young women really did want to help someone like me become a parent, but then there were other things stated in the profile or that were communicated through selfies in a bathroom down south somewhere that discouraged me. It was always something different. I took a moment and entertained each profile as a possibility and would only discard it when I realized there were things about that specific profile that made me unenthused about the process. This is no one’s fault but my own. I had a vision for my donor that would help me build my family. I simply couldn’t find her.

The Search to Find a Suitable Egg Donor 

What’s amazing about all of those women, though, is that they are generous enough to donate, and will resonate with someone else. I suppose that throughout my life I had held myself to a certain kind of drive and life standard. I wanted to find someone who I felt I would meet in real life and be incredibly impressed by and in some ways taken with. And much like I was so, so incredibly choosey about who my husband would be, I realized I was being equally as choosey about a donor. Is this a hindrance? Maybe. But then I saw her.

I will never forget seeing Julia. I saw a photo of her (not through a donor profile or listed with some agency) and I thought to myself, “If only I could receive a donation from her. She would be the one.” She was in an outer circle of friends that connected us through social media. I ran to Kyle and said, “Kyle! Look at this woman! Read all of her captions and watch her hilarious videos. Also, look! She plays the guitar and sings.” We completely fangirled over her account we had become connected on. She was everything I could dream of in an egg donor in terms of genetics, wit, intelligence, humor, and talent. She was absolutely beautiful to us as well.  

That’s when I knew that I had to reach out and see if she would be interested in considering being an egg donor to help us start a family. I was nervous to send her the letter my heart told me I had to.

Reaching Out to Women as Potential Egg Donors   

Now, Elevate was already well underway as a program once I found myself with an incredible, naturally built-in circle of women Kyle and I had met throughout our lives who wanted to donate. Because of our search for a donor and our review of thousands of profiles, I truly felt the humanitarian in me come alive as we realized we could offer exciting options for people like us who were perhaps annoyingly picky. We found success quickly with the program. In our first 8 months, we had matched 100 people and they were on their way to pregnancies through our smart, generous, beautiful, healthy donors. However, Julia wasn’t part of this.

Long story short, we traded lengthy emails about one another for a good few months. I will never forget receiving the email back from her the morning after I had sent her our initial inquiry and introduction and far-out request to donate to us. I woke up, saw her name in my inbox and glanced at the first line she wrote and started to cry. I saw a glimmer of hope. She was going to consider it. I ran downstairs to Kyle who was having coffee in our mountain house and we started jumping up and down. We had found her. She was thinking about us and  learning about us and the donation process. She eventually jumped in with both feet, and we still feel like the luckiest men on the planet.

Since Julia, the team at Elevate has been reaching out to incredible and accomplished women all over the world to teach them about egg donation and why it’s such a special (and sometimes bloated) experience.

What the Team at Elevate Has Learned About Egg Donors 

I learned a few things while swimming in the pool of egg donors on my search, and have certainly learned a lot running a program like Elevate over the past years. Here’s a few key things that I wish I had known, that may help someone else like me:

1) Though it seems expensive, compensating a donor at the rate you did is not something you will ever regret.

2) You will need to breathe through the hiccups and the ups and downs.

3) What it means for you is not going to pass you by.

4) Never feel ashamed about the things you’re looking for in a donor. You’re you, and you want to be a father. You want a certain kind of a donor and that is okay.

5) Just because your donor appears to be certain things, that does not mean your future child will.

6)  IQ tests mean nothing.

7) There are agencies that won’t give you your money back if something goes wrong (goodbye $10,000 at our first agency -- I hope you’re doing well in someone’s pocket).

8) Drink more wine on the retrieval day and while waiting for your embryology update.

9) When searching for egg donors, don’t get frustrated. Know that the right one will come along.

10) Where there is a will, there is a way.

During our process of IVF, I wish I could have re-read this list of helpful points over and over until the process was finished. But ultimately, because we chose an amazing doctor and the queen (in our eyes) of all egg donors, we feel very #blessed.

Tips for Searching for an Egg Donor

When looking for a donor, get out of your own way. Don’t obsess over how a donor did on her SAT ten years ago. It’s not the deciding factor on who she is our how smart she is. Kyle and I have sat across a table from many a scholastically-inclined donor with great scores who could hardly speak to us. 

On the other hand, we have had the opportunity to spend time with donors who went to a fine school, did well, and are some of the best people we’ve met in the world, with brilliance and drive that’s hard to come by.

At the end of the day, when you find the right donor, it’s going to hit you right in the heart. You are going to sleep easy knowing you’ve found the right one. But until that special lady comes along, happy egg hunting!

To learn more, contact the Elevate Egg Donor Agency. To become an egg donor, fill out our online application.

Taylor Frey
The Dos and Don'ts if You Want to Donate Eggs for Money.
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It’s no secret; the egg donation industry is growing at an astonishing pace. As science and technology advances, more and more couples are turning to egg donation to build their families. In turn, the need for quality egg donors is in higher demand than ever before. 

If you are a woman between the ages of 19 and 30 and want to help others have the family they desire, you could be the perfect candidate to donate eggs for money.

Want to learn more about what to expect during your egg cycle? Here’s our list of dos and don’ts every donor needs to know.

Don’t Make it All About the Money

When it comes to egg donor compensation, Elevate Egg Donor Agency offers some of the best compensation packages in the industry. We believe every woman should be treated fairly for her time and generosity. 

And while it’s true the amount you get for donating your eggs could easily be used to pay off some student loans or for a down payment on your first apartment, it shouldn’t be the only reason why you donate.

The motivating factor behind a successful egg donor is her desire to help. She understands that not every couple who desire to have a child can do so in the traditional way. She recognizes the need for a family who can’t have a child of their own and wants to provide them with a healthy egg.

The egg donor who donates for the right reasons will end up feeling happy and satisfied with her decision to donate eggs.

Don’t Do Drugs

This may seem obvious, but when it comes to certain kinds of drugs, just say no.

Even something as harmless as cannabis that is used for relaxation or pain will need to be stopped immediately once the cycle agreement is signed. If there is any drug use at all, it will show up in any blood work that needs to be done. 

We want to give the egg donor and intended parents the best chance for success. This means that any positive drug test will result in a cancelation of the cycle.

Please address any concerns regarding drug use to our team when applying. 

Do Take Care of Yourself

To produce healthy eggs, the egg donor must be healthy. This means taking some extra time to take care of herself during your egg donor cycle.

We encourage our donors to book a massage, relax at the hotel, and enjoy a nice dinner. Often donors will receive a travel allowance. Use can use this allowance to spoil yourself a little and relieve any stress. When our donors are relaxed, it will ensure an easy egg retrieval and a quick recovery. 

While we will do our best to make sure all of our donors’ needs are met during the egg donor cycle, it’s ultimately up to them to remember the basics of self-care

Hydration and Electrolytes

During the egg cycle, your body is working extra hard to produce multiple eggs. Donors must stay hydrated by drinking water and fluids with electrolytes. 

Healthy Diet

Maintaining a well-balanced diet is always essential, but even more so during an IVF egg cycle. We want our donors to make sure they are getting enough leafy greens and fruits full of antioxidants.

During the egg cycle, women tend to feel more bloated because of the various medications. To help with the bloating, we advise avoiding high-sugar and high-carb foods. 

Relaxation

The female body is amazing, and especially so during the donor cycle. Try to find time to relax so your body can do its thing -- produce eggs. Now is not the time to move to a new apartment, start a new fitness regimen, or train for a marathon. 

Do Show Up

An essential part of being an egg donor is showing up for appointments. An egg donor must be reliable. She needs to show up on time and be ready for every appointment that is scheduled.

These appointments are vital to the success of the cycle. It will help us know how healthy the donor is, when to start the medications, and when she is ready for egg retrieval. 

Do Ask Questions

During the egg donation process, there is a team of experts who are available to answer any questions that may arise. If a donor is unsure about anything, we want her to be able to find the answers. Donors are always welcome to contact the agency, the physician, or the IVF clinic.

Our donors must have all the information they need so they can be comfortable and confident during the egg donor process. 

Do Have a Support System

Going through the egg donation process is unlike anything else. It’s new and exciting! Especially when you think of the end result -- helping a family grow.

But, it’s also a new and different experience for the egg donors.  Whether it’s a supportive spouse or an experienced egg donor, it’s important to have a safe place to turn to if you start to feel overwhelmed or need to talk through your feelings through the process.

And remember, you will need a companion with you during the egg retrieval.

Donate Eggs for Money

If you are a woman between the ages of 19 and 31, and you want to donate eggs for money, apply with Elevate today.  We’ll take a look and see if you meet the requirements to donate eggs. And don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through all the dos and don’ts of the egg donor process. 

Now is the time to give the gift of life, the gift a family has been waiting for: a healthy donor egg.

Egg Donation From Donors In A Zika Area
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You hear it over and over again, “Select a donor that has not traveled through a zika area or has lived in a zika area.” Most egg donor agencies include the question on FDA approved health questionnaire, “Have you traveled to a zika area in the past six months?” 

So, what does this mean, and what is the risk with zika? What does the ASRM guideline say about receiving an egg donation from a donor who has traveled through or lives in a zika region? 

First and foremost, it is important to take a good look at the current map that is consistently kept up to date by the CDC. CDC data changes often and quickly. Knowing what regions are considered high risk and which aren’t is important. Here are a few things to consider when considering a donor who has traveled through a zika region:

1. The U.S.and South America Have The Same Risk

Currently, the U.S.A. and South America both fall under the zika risk color code as purple. Yes, America is deemed the same risk level as countries in South American and South Africa. Clinics will require you as an intended parent to sign a waiver stating you understand the risks of cycling with a donor from South America; it’s called a “Zika Waiver.”

However, if you choose an American donor, no waiver is asked for. Why? We aren’t really sure. Is it bias? The amount of zika cases in both of our continents is so similar that was lies in the same color fill on the map. The question does arise, asking why is more push back for foreign donors, and not U.S. donors?

2. The Latest Data in Egg Donation and Zika 

According to the CDC, the last live case of zika in the United States was in 2017. For some time, even donors from Florida were considered high risk. That has since changed drastically. Purple areas on the map are areas with previous cases and outbreaks but no current outbreaks of zika.

As of 2019, there has never been a case of zika from an egg donation through a donor. 

3. Understanding Zika

Zika is not something to ignore, and it should be taken seriously. So should the data that accompanies a donor you are considering from a zika region. So what is zika, and what kind of women does it affect?

Zika is a disease that is transmitted through infected mosquitos, which affect the fetus growing inside pregnant women. This effects general health as well as skull deformities.

This is mostly a risk for women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant from a sperm source who has also been in a zika region. 

4. Egg Donation Tests for Zika

If you are selecting a donor to make an egg donation to you from a zika region, know that your physician will test her for zika to see if she even been infected with zika. This can offer you great peace of mind going forward with your chosen donor.

Otherwise, there are wait periods. Some doctors suggest donors come to the U.S. to wait out their “zika quarantine,” just to be sure. This is often difficult as donors have jobs, families, and lives to attend to and can’t come to the United States for three months with nothing to do before they are allowed to donate.

Most top tier physicians will all an egg donation from a donor from South America with some testing and the “Zika Waiver.” 

The End of Zika

The CDC does believe the zika threat is coming to a slow but sure end. The amount of cases occurring in the Americas now is incredibly low. This is a positive thing and opens many doors for intended parents who want to receive an egg donation from a donor who lives in or has traveled through a zika region.

It is always important to consider every aspect or risk in cycling with a donor and take your physician’s counsel. 

Taylor Frey
Donating Eggs 101: A Few Basics You Need to Know About Donating Eggs
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Deciding to donate eggs is not a decision to be taken lightly. While we are happy that you want to help a family in need, there are some things you need to understand before you sign the dotted line.

At Elevate Agency, we make every effort to educate our donors so they can make the best, most informed decisions possible. 

So let's get started, shall we? Here is a basic breakdown of the egg donation process, along with some crucial issues every egg donor needs to consider before donating eggs.

Application Process

Any woman who is interested in egg donation is welcome to apply through our website. Unfortunately, every woman who applies will not be accepted. We only accept those women who meet the industry standard of egg donor requirements. 

Waiting to be Matched

After a donor has been accepted and intake is complete, we wait. We wait until the donor is matched with intended parents.

We have no idea how long this process will take. Intended parents look long and hard for the perfect donor to complete their family. If a donor isn't chosen right away, it just means that the right fit hasn't been found yet. 

Complete Medical Screening

All donor will go through a complete medical screening. These screenings to ensure the donor is healthy enough to go through the donation process. We need to be proactive in doing all we can to allow for the best outcome. 

There will be medical, psychological, and fertility screenings involved during the egg donation process. 

Legal Contracts

We know, not everyone likes lawyers, but when it comes to donating eggs, it's crucial to protect all parties involved. We have a team of lawyers who are experts in the legal ins and outs of egg donation. They are ready and willing to answer any questions you will have. 

The intended parents and the donor will each sign legal contracts that address issues such as parental rights, compensation, and privacy.

Travel May be Necessary

To get the best care available, the donor may be required to travel when it comes time to complete the egg retrieval.

For the safety of our donors, we only use the best clinics and doctors. 

But don't stress, we take care of all the travel for you! All you need to do is show up. 

The Medication Cycle

After the screening process is complete, you will be instructed on how to proceed with the medication cycle. 

The medication cycle will be individualized to meet your personal needs. It will consist of 10-14 days of daily injections to stimulate egg maturation in the ovaries. During this time, you will be closely monitored.

After the ovaries have been stimulated, you will receive a trigger shot. A day after your trigger shot, you will be ready for egg retrieval. 

Egg Retrieval

The egg retrieval is a short procedure done under light anesthetics. The eggs are retrieved vaginally using a small need to reach the ovaries and retrieve the eggs. 

The egg retrieval process will last about 30 minutes. 

After the procedure, you will be instructed to rest for the nex24 hours. You will then be able to resume your normal activities. Just be aware that you will be very fertile at this time, so it's best to refrain from any sexual activity.

Compensation 

We believe that every donor should be compensated fairly. Women who donate are some of the most selfless and generous individuals we know, and their emotional and physical commitment to donation should be rewarded. Our donors can expect to earn between $8,000 - $10,000. 

If you have higher ACT/SAT scores, are of a particular ethnicity, or have donated before, your compensation may be higher. 

Donating Eggs 101

So there you have it. Our basic breakdown of donating eggs. If you are considering donating your eggs, don't hesitate to apply today. After all, there's no better way to help a family in need. And don't worry, we will walk you through every step of the process. We are excited to work with you!

Building Your Family: How to Find an Egg Donor
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Hi. We're glad you're here. 

The fact that you are looking into egg donation means that you have already been on a long journey. You've already had to deal with hard decisions as you've considered every option to grow your family.

 We're glad your here because now we can help. As we've gone through the process ourselves, we've learned a few things. We want to share those lessons with you. So let's work together to find an egg donor that will bring you that's family you've always wanted.  

Physical Appearance

We know you can't always judge a book by its cover, but physical appearance is important. We require every egg donor to submit 6-7 photos with their application, including one full-body image. We don't do this to judge our donors, but to allow intended parents to find the physical characteristics they want in a child. 

We understand that intended parents want their child to have similar traits -- just as any parent would want their child to resemble them. We find that intended parents often choose donors who look like themselves or their partner.

Medical History

It's essential to look closely at the donor's medical history. How does her medical history compare to your own? Certain genetic factors can make some donors more compatible than others. Make sure you ask some questions and do some genetic testing with any donor you are interested in. 

Anonymous vs. Known Egg Donor

Known donors are when you know the donor personally, such as a friend or a relative. Even some donors who are found through an egg donor database will agree to have direct contact with the intended parents. 

Knowing the donor is a great option because it allows the child to have a relationship with their donor. Just be sure that there are legal guidelines set, so everyone knows their role when it comes to the well being of the child. 

Anonymous donors are just that. Donors that wish to remain anonymous and all contact will be done through the agency. This provides confidentiality and privacy to both the donor and the intended parents. 

Repeat Donors

Repeat donors are women who have previously had a successful egg donation experience. Using a repeat donor can be advantageous because she knows what to expect, and she has already responded well to the medication.

 While repeat donors do have their advantages, we are confident in all our donors regardless of how many times they've donated. 

If you're open to a first-time donor, you will have many more options available to you. We have a database full of amazing women who are willing to donate their eggs to you. 

Location of Donor

Elevate Egg Donor Agency is an international agency. We work with intended parents and egg donors from around the world

The only location logistics to be aware of is travel costs. We do require our donors to work with the best doctors and clinics. Because we want the best care available, some donors may need to travel as they get ready for the egg retrieval procedure. As the intended parents, you will need to cover all travel costs. 

Dealing with Stress

We get it, finding an egg donor can be stressful! It's okay to take your time as you make this life-changing decision. 

We have case managers who are trained to help you. We can help you through the decision process and talk you through any questions or concerns. And ff you need some time to think it through -- we'll be here waiting whenever you're ready.

Follow Your Instincts

At the end of the day, this is your decision. And sometimes it comes down to what feels right. Listen to your instincts

You may have a checklist of everything you want your donor to have, but don't get too caught up in checking off every item. We often find that the donor who "just feels right" to intended parents is not always picture-perfect. It's important to be a little open-minded and allow yourself to feel a connection with your donor.

Let's Find an Egg Donor

Now it the time to find an egg donor who will complete your family. Start today by registering for access to our egg donor database. 

We're here to assist you every step of the way. So let's get going and build that family you've always wanted. 

The 7 Phases of Egg Donation
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You’ve decided to donate your eggs -- one of the most generous and selfless acts a woman could do -- but, you don’t know where to start. 

We get it, at first it may seem overwhelming as you step into the world of egg donation. But, we’re here to help. 

Read on as we walk you through the 7 phases of egg donation.

1. Application 

The first step is to apply with a reputable agency. There are many egg donation agencies out there, and unfortunately, they are not all created equal. 

Be sure to sign with an egg donor agency who are associated with the ASRM and Seeds Unions of Ethics. It’s important the agency you choose will adhere to the highest industry standards when it comes to the care of their donors.

At Elevate, we make it easy to apply. Just fill out our online application, and we’ll contact you from there.  

2. Acceptance

We are grateful for every woman who applies to be an egg donor. But, there are strict guidelines we must follow in regards to the donor’s health. These guidelines are enforced to protect the intended parents, the egg donor, and any embryos that may result from this process. 

Because of these guidelines and regulations, not every donor who applies will be accepted. Here are a few things we consider before accepting a donor:

  • Non-smoker

  • Has both ovaries

  • Between the ages of 20 and 30

  • Healthy height/weight ratio

  • No drug use

  • Regular menstrual cycles

  • Ready to take hormonal injections

In addition to these being physically healthy, a donor must also prove that she is punctual, reliable, kind, and mature enough to handle the egg donation process. 

3. Making a Match

When intended parents select a donor, we call this making a match. Finding the perfect donor can take intended parents a long time. Often they are searching for months and months before finally making a decision. 

It’s important to remain patient at this time. There is not a set time limit on how long a donor can be waiting to be matched. Just know that if you are matched, the intended parents have been looking for a long time for the perfect donor, and they have chosen you!

4. Medical Screening

After a donor is chosen, she will go through a rigorous screening process. Here are a few things to expect:

  • Medical screenings are done to make sure the donor is healthy. We test of any infectious disease and drug use at this time. We will also ask for a complete family medical history.

  • Fertility screenings are essential to determine a donor’s ability to produce eggs. We do this through pelvic exams and vaginal sonograms.

  • Genetic screening is used to raise awareness of any possible hereditary diseases.

  • Psychological screenings are used to makes sure the egg donor full understands any risks associated with donating her eggs, including any emotional side effects.

The screening process may take a few weeks to complete and is not meant to be stressful. It is our way of protecting our donors and giving the intended parents the highest chance of a successful cycle. 

5. Legal Arrangements

In a perfect world, everyone would agree, and there would be no need for legalities. But, to protect all parties involved, we do make sure that everyone signs legal contracts regarding the egg donation process. 

These contracts will outline all expectations, discuss compensation, define parental rights, and establish the relationship of the donor and the intended parents going forward. 

6. Medications and Injections

After contracts have been signed and screenings have been passed, the donor will be instructed on the medications and injections. Be prepared to take self-administered injections for about 7-10 days. 

Each donor will have an individualized schedule based on her own menstrual cycle. Our case manager will be with you every step of the way through this process in case you have any questions. 

7. Retrieval

When your body is ready, we will do your egg retrieval. The egg retrieval is a short 30-minute procedure done under light anesthetics. You will be able to go home that same day but will need to rest for about 24-48 hours. 

After that, you can resume all normal activities.

Egg Donation Explained

And there you have it, all 7 phases of egg donation explained.

Just think, after this process, you will have given a couple in need the opportunity to become a family. We can’t think of a better way to spend your time. 

So apply today, and let’s get this process started! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Egg Donor Screening Process
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Egg donation is one of the noblest and generous gifts a woman can give. When a woman decides to donate her eggs, it shows she is compassionate and generous. Her donation allows a couple the possibility of having a family. 

With that being said, there are some precautions that we must take to ensure the best possible outcome. At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we do all we can to protect the health of the donor and the eggs. And because we adhere to the highest industry standards, we do extensive testing on all our donors. 

But don't worry, we'll walk you through the process. Here's everything you need to know about the egg donor screening process.

First Things First

There are some important steps a donor must take before she can donate her eggs. These steps include:

  • Applying with our agency

  • Being accepted as a donor

  • Creating a profile to be featured on our website

  • Being matched with intended parents

After those steps have been completed, the donor will need to go through a screening process. The screening process gives medical clearance and ensures the donor is healthy enough to donate her eggs.

Egg Donor Screening Process

The egg donor screening process includes a few different evaluations. Each evaluation will provide important medical information.

Medical Screening

A complete medical exam will be done to make sure the donor is healthy. This includes testing for blood type, infectious diseases, drug use, and any other general health issues. We will also screen for any sexually transmitted infections at this time.

Donors will also be required to give information regarding their family, including any history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or cancer in their immediate family.

A donor's family history won't determine whether or not someone can donate; it's just important to be aware of since these ailments can run in the family.

Fertility Screening

A donor's ovaries will need to be examined for the ability to produce eggs. This is done through a pelvic exam. Don't worry; it's not painful -- it just may be uncomfortable, like your last pap smear.

 Sometimes a vaginal sonogram will need to be done to determine the ovarian function and reserve.

Genetic Screening

Genetic screening is used to raise awareness of any possible hereditary diseases. If both the egg and the sperm are both carriers, it can increase the chances of the baby being born with congenital disorders. 

Again, genetic screening will not determine whether a woman can or can't donate. We just try to provide as much information as possible to all parties involved.

Psychological Screening

All donors will speak with a psychologist to make sure she fully understands the benefits and the risks of donating eggs. The decision to donate eggs should not be taken lightly and must be done with the right intentions and motivations.

How to Prepare for Your Egg Donor Screening

Relax and take a deep breath. Your egg donor screening should not be stressful. So, here are some tips to help you feel more prepared:

  • Drink lots of water. It's better to be well hydrated -- especially for your blood draws.

  • Make sure you know when and where your appointment is. 

  • Avoid nicotine, alcohol, and drugs for several days before your screening.

  • Have a list of places you have recently traveled for any Zika related questions.

  • Come with a list of questions. The doctors and nurses are there to help you. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you may have. 

  • Be honest. You must be upfront and honest about your health and your family medical history

  • It may be a long day. Bring a book, some snacks, and a water bottle.

At the end of your egg donor screening process, you will come away with complete medical knowledge of your genetic makeup and overall health. It's a fascinating and empowering process. The more you know about your body, the better you can take care of it. 

We'll Take Care of You

Regardless of whether you are a first time donor or a 3rd time donor, we're here to make sure your egg donor screening process is as smooth as possible. We care about all our donors and do all we can to take care of them.

If you're interested in becoming an egg donor, don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We're here for you.

Egg Donation FAQs
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Let’s take a trip down memory lane: 

Think of your local swimming pool. The place where you would go on hot summer days to cool off. The sounds, the smells, and maybe even a Wendy Peffercorn-esque lifeguard. Now, remember the fear that came from looking down at the water from the high dive.

Attempting to dive into the world of egg donation can feel like jumping off the high dive. But don’t worry, we’ll throw you a safety ring whenever you need one. We know you’ve got questions, but as we’ve already been through the process ourselves, we’re here to give you all the answers.

So read on to find the answers to the most common egg donation FAQs.

Who Can Benefit From Egg Donation?

We believe that the right to have children should be available to anyone, regardless of age, sex, religion, marital status, ethnicity, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Period.

If you need assistance in starting your family, we want to talk to you. There are several reasons why you may need donor eggs. No matter the reason, we’re glad you found us. 

Who are the Egg Donors?

Egg donors are incredibly selfless women. They want to help couples start their own families. They are willing to give their eggs to do so. 

A few requirements we have to egg donors include:

  • Between the ages of 20-31

  • Be able to pass a psychological evaluation

  • Be drug-free

  • Live a healthy lifestyle 

Our egg donors come from many diverse backgrounds. We have donors that are highly educated, some that are career-driven, and some who are athletes. They all have their own individual habits and interests. We also are proud of the different ethnicities we represent. 

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we only offer the best of the best when it comes to our egg donors. 

Will we Need to Make Legal Arrangements?

Yes. As soon as a match is made between the intended parents and an egg donor, legal arrangements will need to be made. These contracts are to protect the rights of everyone involved.

We refer our clients to the best egg donor lawyers in the industry. They will carefully go over the contact to make sure you understand it. The contracts we work with are clear and concise and leave nothing to question.

If you have a preference on whether or not there will be a relationship between the donor and intended partners, this is where it will be spelled out for all parties involved.

How Affordable it Egg Donation?

We understand the financial burden placed on intended parents as they go through the egg donation process. That’s why we strive to offer the absolute best service for the most affordable price possible. While every case is different, we estimate that the entire process will cost anywhere between $16,000 to $30,000. 

This amount covers:

  • Agency fees

  • Donor Compensation

  • Legal fees

  • Medical/insurance costs

  • Travel arrangements

Also, keep in mind that some donors can charge higher rates based on ethnicity, experience, and achievements. 

Why Choose Elevate Egg Donor Agency?

Elevate Egg Donor Agency is unique in that it was founded by a gay couple who had been through the egg donation process themselves. They decided to streamline the process and create an agency that actually works.

Because of their experience and expertise, you can expect the best donors, the best service, and the best care possible in the industry.

Where is Your Office Located

We started our agency in New York but moved to Los Angeles to be closer to best fertility doctors and clinics

Even though we are located in Southern California, we offer services to anyone, no matter where they live. We proudly represent clients from all over the world. 

How Do I Get Started?

We’ve made it really easy for you. Go to our website and fill out a registration form. We’ll be in contact from there.

Your Egg Donation FAQ Answered

If you’re considering egg donation to grow your family, now it the time to jump in with both feet. The egg donation industry has come a long way in the past few years, and there has never been a better time to start. 

So what are you waiting for? You’ve gotten your feet wet by reading all the egg donation FAQs -- now you just need to take a deep breath and dive in.

Taylor Frey
What Intended Parents Need to Know About Genetic Testing For Egg Donors
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Congratulations! You’ve decided to use an egg donor to grow your family. This is such an exciting time as you go through the steps of choosing the perfect egg donor. 

While looking for the perfect traits you want from a donor is exciting and fun, you’ll also notice that you have access to medical information. This includes the results from the extensive screening that each donor must go through. 

This information is just as, if not more, important than any physical trait. Be sure to pay attention to any infectious diseases, psychological assessment, and the detailed medical history. Your donor must be as healthy as possible.

 But did you know that genetic testing for donors also plays a big part in your search for the perfect girl? We know, there are so many different variables when finding the right donor.  Don't worry; we're here to help. Here’s your guide on exactly what genetic testing is and what you need to know.

What is Genetic Testing?

Let’s start at the beginning. Genetic testing is a medical test that looks for changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins of an individual. Genetic tests can either confirm or rule out any genetic condition and help determine what the chances are of passing on a disorder to a child.  

If there is a positive test result found for a particular gene or chromosome, that signifies that a person is a carrier of a specific genetic mutation. The reason we do genetic testing for egg donors is to inform the intended parents of any genetic disorders that could potentially be passed to the child.

How Genetic Testing Can Affect Your Decision

So just how important are the results of genetic testing? Well, for one, they can be super insightful, but a donor’s conclusions may not be the sole reason to cast them aside. Here are some points to consider:

Watch for Autosomal Recessive Conditions 

For some conditions, both the egg and the sperm must be carriers of a disease-causing variant.  Autosomal recessive conditions are most common in couples who are of the same race and ethnicity. If both parents are carriers, there is a 25% chance their child could be born with a life-altering disease. 

Autosomal recessive conditions include diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs disease, and sickle cell anemia.

If the added reproductive risk makes you nervous, you may need to find a new egg donor if you are both carriers for specific disorders or diseases. 

Carriers Can Still be Healthy

Just because an egg donor tests positive for a particular gene mutation, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be considered for egg donation. As many as one in five healthy adults may carry disease-related genetic mutations. That means 20% of us are walking around with gene variations that we don’t even know about. 

If your donor is a carrier, and you aren't, your bundle of joy will get a working copy of the gene from you. This means that while your child may be a carrier of the gene mutations, he will have no ill effects from the gene variant.

Think about the Effect on the Child

If through your genetic testing, you find conditions that could be passed on to your child, think about how it would affect his quality of life. 

Most conditions are highly variable in terms of age onsets and clinical severity. What is the risk to the child and how life-altering would the condition be?

The Benefit of Genetic Testing for Egg Donors

Traditionally, genetic testing was rarely done before the baby was conceived. It was only when one or two children were born with disabilities that couples thought about whether or not they were carriers for gene mutations. 

When using an egg donor, we can actually test the embryos before implantation. This is called Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and ensures that only the healthiest embryos are used.

Peace of Mind

Here at Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we make sure intended parents are  prepared to choose the right egg donor. This includes providing them access to medical and psychological test results, and offering genetic testing for egg donors. 

All this together provides you with peace of mind as you make major decisions regarding your future family. 

So register with us today and let’s get the process going. You’ve already waited long enough

How Many Eggs Does a Woman Have? And Other Awkward Questions You're Afraid to Ask
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Did you fall asleep in biology? Do you know as much about the women's reproductive system as you should?

It's okay. Everyone has questions — good thing we have all the answers. 

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we believe in educating our clients. So today, we are answering the question, "how many eggs does a woman have?" and all the other awkward female anatomy questions our clients have.

How Many Eggs Does a Woman Have?

Baby girls are born with approximately 1 million eggs. After she goes through puberty, only around 300,000 eggs remain.

Of those 300,000 eggs, only 300 or 400 will be ovulated during a woman's reproductive lifetime. Fertility drops as a woman ages due to the decreasing number and the quality of the remaining eggs.

The decline of eggs as a woman ages is why most agencies only accept women between the ages of 20 to 30 as egg donors.

What Makes Up the Female Anatomy

If you were to ask any man, they would say the female anatomy is complicated. But it doesn't have to be. Here's a breakdown of the basics:

  • Vagina: The vagina is a canal that joins the cervix to the outside of the body. It also is known as the birth canal.

  • Uterus (womb): The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ. This is where a fetus will grow and develop. The uterus is divided into two parts: the cervix, which is the lower part that opens into the vagina, and the main body of the uterus, called the corpus. A canal through the cervix allows sperm to enter and menstrual blood to exit.

  • Ovaries: The ovaries are small, oval-shaped glands that are located on either side of the uterus. The ovaries produce eggs and hormones.

  • Fallopian tubes: These are narrow tubes that are attached to the upper part of the uterus. The fallopian tubes serve as pathways for the egg to travel from the ovaries to the uterus. Fertilization of an egg by a sperm normally occurs in the fallopian tubes. The fertilized egg then moves to the uterus, where it implants to the uterine lining.

What Happens During the Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle plays a big part in egg donation. A donor must have a regular period and have a healthy reproductive system. When the time comes to donate her eggs, a donor's medications, clinic visits, and retrieval date will all be scheduled around her cycle.

Females start their menstrual cycle in early adolescence and will continue until they reach menopause -- usually in their 40s. 

The average menstrual cycle takes about 28 days and occurs in phases. These phases include:

  • The follicular phase (development of the egg)

  • The ovulatory phase (release of the egg)

  • The luteal phase (hormone levels decrease if the egg does not implant)

Follicular Phase

The follicular phase starts on the first day of your period. Hormones are released from the brain and travel to the ovaries. These hormones stimulate the growth of eggs in the ovaries. 

As the follicular phase continues, one egg becomes more dominant than the others. 

Ovulatory phase

The ovulatory phase usually starts about 14 days after the follicular phase started. This phase is when a woman is ovulating.

The dominant egg creates estrogen. The estrogen causes the follicle to release the egg from the ovary. The egg then travels to the fallopian tubes. This phase is when a woman is most likely to become pregnant

Luteal phase

The luteal phase begins right after ovulation. In this phase, the egg could be fertilized with sperm, travel down the fallopian tubes, and become implanted in the uterus. If this happens, the woman is considered pregnant.

If the egg is not fertilized, the egg travels down the fallopian tube and passes through the uterus. If no pregnancy needs to be supported, the lining of the uterus breaks down and sheds. 

When the lining breaks down and sheds, a woman will experience some bleeding -- commonly called a period.

We're An Open Book

There, that wasn't too awkward now, was it? We are here to answer all your questions that you're afraid to ask, including, "how many eggs does a woman have?"

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we believe that education is critical as you make important decisions regarding your family and your future. So don't hesitate to contact us. As we said, we're an open book. 

Taylor Frey
The Ultimate Breakdown of Egg Donor Costs
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$233,610.00

That's the average cost of raising a child until they are 18. But, all those expenses come after the baby is born. What about the cost to have the child? 

If you are a couple looking into egg donation, the price to start a family can feel overwhelming. And while it's hard to give an exact number of what an egg donor costs, here is the ultimate breakdown of precisely what you'll be paying for. 

This way, you'll know exactly where the money is going.

Agency Fees

Some couples may be tempted to find a donor on their own. But, there are invaluable benefits that come from working with an agency, including donor databases, background checks, and vast knowledge and experience. 

Agency fees cover the basic costs it takes to properly screen and vet a donor, and also connects a donor with the intended parents. From profile building to verifying donor education and health history, a lot of time is spent to make sure a donor is fit to come on at Elevate. The costs also go to the many billable hours it takes just to manage a donor and get her to the retrieval stage. From daily injection monitoring and dosage coaching, we also arrange all travel for the donor and perform pickups from the airports or retrieval location.

Just make sure you are clear about any refund policies. Find out exactly what will happen if an egg donor backs out, doesn't pass her evaluations, or fails to produce any eggs. At Elevate, we offer the most generous refund policies in the world of egg donation. We’ve been in your shoes, and aren’t here to tie you down.

Just remember not all agencies are created equal. Finding a reputable agency is the first step to having a successful egg donation experience. Your agency will be your source of information, your personal confidant, and the communication hub as you go through the egg donation process. 

Make sure you sign with an agency that follows the highest industry standards and is part of the ASRM and Seeds Union of Ethics.

Legal Service Fees

Legal contracts are used in the egg donation process to protect all parties involved. One crucial issue that is addressed is the individual rights of the egg donor and the intended parents. The egg donor will need to relinquish all rights to the eggs voluntarily and will have no parental responsibility for any children born using her eggs. 

In turn, the intended parents cannot hold the egg donor responsible if the child is born with any congenital disabilities. However, with PGT testing you can find out which embryos are the healthy ones and are viable to create a pregnancy. 

The donor and intended parents also need to agree with the amount of communication they will have with each other throughout and after the egg donation process, if any. Some matches want to be very open, while others prefer to keep things anonymous.

The legal fees cover all the time it will take to write up the individual contracts and get them signed by each party. These contracts are detailed and include all of the policies that can you give you and your donor peace of mind that everyone is literally on the same page. 

Medical Expenses

Intended parents will need to cover the medical expenses associated with the egg donation process. Including all clinical costs and medications. This will all be in your arrangement with your IVF clinic. We can help you with egg donor insurance. 

This additional insurance policy will protect the intended parents if there is any case of medical emergency with the donor. This way, the IPs will not be stuck paying for outrageous medical bills. Be sure to ask your agency if they have a preferred insurance company they like to use. 

Evaluation Fees

Every donor is required to go through a series of evaluations.

Medical Evaluation By Your IVF Physician 

As you can imagine, your donor must be healthy in every way possible. Medical evaluations will check for STDs, evaluate any drug use, and ask for a full medical history.

Medical evaluations will also make sure the donor has a healthy cycle and will be able to donate.  They will check her estrogen levels, AMH levels, resting follicle count and perform a general physical to ensure your donor is fit to donate. 

Psychological Evaluation

Every egg donor must go through a psychological evaluation. The information collected will help to determine if there are any behavioral patterns that we should be aware of. 

These evaluations will also look for any signs of cognitive disorders, and make sure she understands the long term effects of her decision.

Genetic Assessment

Both egg and sperm donors are required to go through genetic screenings. These screenings help determine if there is an increased risk of passing on a genetic condition. This is an essential step because the combination of genes could impact the health of the child. 

These assessments are performed by a genetic counselor who will offer you a full pedigree of the donor’s family health history. It gives you a good look at any major health concerns you might have in the donor’s family. The counselor will determine if the donor falls within the ASRM guidelines to donate.

Please note: the genetic assessment is separate from the genetic carrier mutation testing that will be done by your clinic through the donor’s blood work. 

Travel Expenses

Often travel is required for the donor. Unless she is local, she will need to travel to a reputable fertility clinic for her egg retrieval. The time between her trigger shot and the egg retrieval can be anywhere from 5 to 10 days. The intended parents are responsible for all airfare, food, and lodging.

Escrow Account

Escrow accounts are often set up to distribute the funds during the egg donation process. Having an escrow account allows the agency to have the money available to pay the clinics, travel expenses, and medication without having to call the intended parents over and over.

Having an escrow account helps keep the process moving without having to wait for payments.  

Egg Donor Costs

We get it, adding up egg donor costs can be overwhelming. But, think of the outcome. After all this, you'll get to hold a new baby in your arms. 

So don't hesitate to fill out an application today to get the process going. We're confident we can help you achieve your goal of growing a family. Find an agency and an IVF clinic that cares for both you and your pocketbook.

And you can always worry about the other $200,000 after the baby is born. 

There's Never Been a Better Time to Start Your Egg Donor Search
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The first successful egg donation happened in 1983 -- resulting in a live birth in February of 1984. Since then, over 50,000 babies have been born because of donor eggs. Now, more than ever before, the possibility of having a family is available to everyone regardless of your circumstances.  

Whether you are a gay couple or a couple struggling with infertility, there has never been a better time to start your egg donor search. Read on to find out why! 

Be Biologically Bonded

Historically, the only option available for gay couples or infertile couples to have a family was to adopt. And while we love the choice of adoption, we understand that many parents want to be biologically related to their children. There is no shame in wanting to share the same DNA with your child.  

We all want to see a resemblance to our partner's smile in our children or to recognize similar mannerisms that we had when we were little. Egg donation allows this to happen for all couples by using the sperm from the father.  

Plus, you’ll be able to handpick your donor. You can choose a donor that has similar traits to you and your partner. 

Avoid Genetic Disorders

As much as we wish we could, we can't guarantee that every baby will be 100% healthy. There are certain disorders and defects that any baby could be born with. But, there are some disorders that we know are genetic. These include Chromosome abnormalities and single-gene defects. 

Some of the most common genetic disorders include:

  • Down Syndrome

  • Thalassemia

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Tay Sachs Disease

  • Sickle-Cell Anemia 

If you know you and your spouse are both carriers of a specific genetic disorder, you may want to consider using an egg donor. Testing through Invitae and Counsyl are great ways to find out what you might be a carrier for.  

At Elevate, we screen all our donors for genetic disorders -- and we pass along that information to our intended parents. You can be confident that you will be able to make the most informed decisions possible when it comes to growing your family. 

Uniform-Parentage Act

In 2002, the Uniform Parentage Act was updated to address all forms of assisted reproduction, including egg donation. Section 702 in the UPA states that the donor is not the legal parent of the child. This gives the intended parents complete parental responsibility of the conceived child.  

Because of the success of egg donation and favorable laws that have been passed in the United States, intended parents have more rights than ever before.

Best Care Available

Despite rumors that may attest otherwise, the egg donor industry is highly regulated. Fertility medicine falls under Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) along with the FDA, has set up guidelines and procedures that contribute to the high success of ART.  

Because of the new technology and high industry standards, people come from all over the world to the United States to build their families. 

Start Your Egg Donor Search

Regardless of advancements that have been made or favorable laws that have passed, now is the time to have the family you've always dreamed of having. 

Take the first steps today to create the future you really want. We're here to support you every step of the way. 

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Egg Donation
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You know what they say: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Becoming an egg donor is a big decision, and chances are you’ve done some research online. The problem is there are a lot of voices out there spewing statements that aren’t true.

 Not sure what to believe? We’re here to set the record straight. 

If you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, here’s the ultimate list of pros and cons of egg donation written by those who have experienced it for themselves.

Pros of Egg Donation

Changing Lives

Not to put it lightly, but egg donation changes lives. For the better. The intended parents we work with want nothing more than to have a baby. They have already dealt with heartache, long-suffering, and failed fertility treatments. They just need one major piece to the puzzle: a donor egg.

This is where you can come in. By donating your eggs, you are giving them the family they have always wanted. 

Compensation

Trust us, we know you’re not here for the money, but it’s still important to talk about it. Egg donors earn anywhere from $18,000 to $30,000 per egg donation. While that may not be enough to retire on, it is enough for you to get a jump-start on your goals and dreams.

And speaking of compensation, some donors can receive extra cash for their donations. Women who are of Jewish, Indian, or Asian descent are in high demand and intended parents are usually willing to pay more for their eggs.

Full Health Screening

Egg donation is a highly regulated industry. This means the donor must go through rigorous screenings before they are approved to become donors. 

These screenings include testing for common sexually transmitted diseases, common genetic disorders, and an analysis of your family history. There will also be a psychological evaluation. 

We can promise you that after your health screening, you will have a better idea of your overall health. 

No Long-Term Effects

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, or ASRM, there are no studies that show any long term effects for those who donate eggs. This includes infertility issues, cancer, or premature menopause. 

So be assured, donating your eggs to a family in need, will not decrease your own chances of having a healthy baby of your own. 

Procedure is Simple

Some women would donate in a heartbeat but are afraid of the procedure. 

Egg Retrieval is a 20 to 30-minute outpatient procedure that is done under light sedation. You’ll be asked to take it easy for the rest of the day, and then you’ll be up and running again in no time. 

Cons of Egg Donation

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we believe in being upfront and transparent with our clients. So, here is a list of drawbacks when it comes to egg donation. 

The Process Can Be Involved

While the egg retrieval procedure itself if quick, there is some prep work that needs to be done prior.

Often our egg donors will commit, then end up waiting to be matched with intended parents. This is totally normal, but it does make it hard for us to tell you exactly when your egg retrieval will be. 

It may take some patience until the right couple has found their perfect donor. Once a match has been made, the donor will be required to take medication, have regular check-ups, and finally, start the injections. 

During this time, we ask the donor to be flexible and accommodating, as this often requires a little bit of travel. But, of course, the donor is always compensated for her time. 

Side Effects

As with any medical procedure, there is always the chance of some side effects. Side effects vary from donor to donor. Some experience nothing, with other experience some. Here are some side effects that you may experience:

  • Bloating

  • Moodiness

  • Cramping

  • Aching

  • PMS-like symptoms

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Hot flashes

  • Breast Tenderness

One more side effects to be aware of is there is a higher chance of getting pregnant with multiples. This is because fertility drugs were involved, and there is a chance that not all the eggs were retrieved. 

So be extra careful if you decide to be sexually active during or after the egg donation procedure.

Psychological Difficulty

While most women to donate their eggs do so to help a family, it can still create some anxiety when they face the thought of contributing to the birth of a child. 

This is why we take our psychological evaluations very seriously. We only accept donors who fully understand what it means to donate their eggs to a family in need. 

No Guarantee

While we have come a long way with advanced screenings, over-stimulation of the ovaries, and genetic testing, there is always a chance that the eggs that are retrieved are unusable. 

We take every precaution possible, but just like anything else in life, there are no guarantees. 

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Egg Donation

We make sure that every person we work with understand the pros and cons of egg donation.  We believe that if everyone is informed and educated correctly, they will be able to make the best decision possible.

If you are thinking of becoming an egg donor, come check us out so we can put your mind at ease. After all, it’s best to get all the right answers from the real experts.

What's the Wait? What Intended Parents Need to Know about the Donor Cycle Timeline
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24 hours in a day. 7 days in a week. 52 weeks in a year.

Time is precious.

For most couples, they know exactly how much time it will take until they can hold a new baby in their arms: 9 months. For Intended parents looking into egg donation, there is no time limit. No end date to circle on the calendar. Just the hope that someday they’ll get a family. 

And the waiting can be excruciating. 

When a couple comes to us, they don’t want to wait any longer to start their family -- we get that. So we’re here to help you understand exactly how long you can expect a donor cycle to take. Because the more we can help you plan and prepare, the better. 

What is a Donor Cycle?

Every woman has a natural cycle -- more commonly called her period. When a woman decides to donate eggs, her cycle plays a significant role in exactly when the egg donation time will be. 

 Here’s the breakdown of a donor cycle and how it affects intended parents.

Making the Match

Once a woman has been approved for egg donation, her profile will be uploaded into our donor database. This database is where intended parents can find the perfect donor.  At Elevate, we pride ourselves in offering the best donors that meet all the requirements

Contract Agreement

After a match has been made, there is some legal work that needs to be completed. This protects all parties involved. At this time, agreements are made regarding payment, schedules, and the personal relationship with the donor going forward.

After the legal details have been worked out, it’s time to get the donor ready to donate her eggs. 

Egg Retrieval Process

Your IVF physician will decide when to put the donor on oral contraceptive pills. Yep, that pill. The regular pill that millions of women choose to take every day. This contraceptive will keep the hormones and ovaries in a non-ovulatory state.

After a few weeks on the pill, she’ll go in for a baseline checkup. This checkup will include bloodwork and an ultrasound. Just to be sure everything looks normal and healthy.

 If everything looks good, the donor will start her injections two days after her period begins (and a few days after she stops birth control). These injections will stimulate many eggs to grow and mature in the ovaries. These injections last 10 days. During this time, the donor will be monitored closely. When the time is right, the donor will receive a trigger shot.

About 34-36 hours after the trigger shot, the egg retrieval will happen. This is a short 20 to 30-minute procedure where the eggs are harvested. It is a minimally invasive procedure, and the donor should be back on her feet after a day or two of rest. 

And there you have it; that’s the breakdown of a donor cycle. After the legal arrangements have been made, you can plan on about 6 weeks until you have your eggs. 

Now What?

After the fresh donor eggs are retrieved, they are immediately fertilized with male sperm. At this point, you can either transfer the healthy embryos to the surrogate or freeze the embryos to use for future children. 

 Some intended parents are anxious to start their family and will have a surrogate mother lined up for an immediate transfer. If this is the way you’d like to go, be aware that it can be challenging to get the timing right between the egg donor’s cycle and making sure the surrogate mother is ready.

 Many intended couples like to freeze the embryos. This allows them time to find a surrogate and get their affairs in order before the baby comes.   

Time Well Spent

No matter what way you look at it, the time spent waiting for a donor cycle is time well spent. These are critical weeks that are used to make sure that your egg donor experience is as successful as possible. It is a delicate process that can’t be rushed,

If you’re interested in learning more about how to get your family clock ticking, come register with us. We’re here to help you. 

The 3 Best Tips We've Learned for Men Having Babies
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Let’s talk about men having babies. And no, we don’t mean the 1994 film Junior starring Arnold Swartzenager.  We’re talking about gay men having families. Real families. 

You may not know this, but Elevate Egg Donor Agency was created because of our own personal experiences of finding the perfect donor. We’ve been through the journey of growing our own family, and we’re here to tell a few tips we’ve learned along the way. 

Here’s what a gay couple needs to know before they start:

1. Don’t Rush

Building a family is a process. It takes time, planning, and patience. Here are a few things to consider before you start:

Get on the Same Page

Make sure you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to having a family. More and more opportunities are becoming available for gay couples to become parents. Learn as much as you can about egg donations and surrogacy. Check out resources such as Men Having Babies for guidance and advice from other couples.

Timing is Everything

Sit down with your partner and figure out a realistic timeline. Having a baby could affect your career goals and/or your travel plans. Come up with a plan, so when the time comes to start a family, you are both ready and willing with realistic expectations.

Financially Set

And not scare you, but having a child through an egg donor and a surrogate can be expensive. But don’t panic yet, you can check out nonprofits such as Forming Families Foundation. They offer grants for families who are interested in IVF.

2. Know What You’re Looking For

We get it. Picking out a donor who your child will share genetics with is a big deal. But remember, just like picking a spouse, no one is perfect. 

Make a list with your partner and decide what traits are non-negotiable, then try to be flexible on the rest. Most couples like their donor to share the same heritage so they will share similar characteristics with their child. Other parents focus on specific talents and hobbies. 

Whatever your priorities are, we do our best to match you with the perfect donor. We are confident in our donors and only offer the best of best. 

3. Consider Your Relationship to the Donor

Traditionally, egg donors would remain anonymous. Now, there are more and more situations where the donor and intended parents can decide how just how much they are involved with each other. 

Some parties choose to meet and communicate during the retrieval process, while other donors and parents decide to stay involved with each other throughout the child’s life. This way, they can share significant milestones, communicate and offer insights, and even provide valuable medical background information. 

Men Having Babies

Men having babies can be a long road, but don’t get let that discourage you. We are here to help you every step of the way. We’re your biggest supporters and your biggest cheerleaders.

Come check us out, look around, read our story, and even register to see our donor database. There’s never been a better time to start planning your family. 

7 Facts No One Told You About Donating Eggs
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Clothes, food, and money.

All things we regularly donate to help those around us. 

But what does it mean to donate eggs? 

If you’re curious about donating eggs, here are 7 facts that may help you understand the process better.

1. Egg Donation is Highly Regulated

Just like any tissue or organ donation, egg donation is highly regulated. There are a lot of rules that agencies and clinics must follow to ensure the safety of all parties involved. 

First, all women who want to be egg donors must go through a series of physical and psychological screenings. 

These screenings address issues such as 

  • Travel to and from a Zika-infected country

  • Tattoos or piercings with nonsterile needles in the past 12 months

  • History of STDs

  • Any Drug Use

  • The regularity of Menstrual Cycles

  • Medical history

  • Mental Illness

These screenings not only protect the intended parents but the donors as well. Donors will receive detailed information regarding their own health.  

Only the women who are deemed healthy and emotionally sounds will be able to donate.

2. It Takes Time to Get Matched

The term ‘matched’ refers to when a match is made between intended parents and an egg donor. 

Choosing an egg donor is a big decision for the intended parents. They need to take their time to find the perfect donor for their family. Even if an egg donor is ready and willing to donate right away, she may need to show some patience. 

Egg donors don’t go through the retrieval process until they are matched with a couple who is ready for her eggs.

3. It’s Always a Good Idea to Use a Reputable Agency

Not all agencies are created equal. Make sure the agency you decide to work with adheres to the ASRM guidelines. These guidelines are in place to protect the integrity of the egg donation industry. 

Other signs of a good agency include:

  • Partnerships with the best fertility clinics

  • A quality database of donors

  • Rigorous screening process

  • Competitive compensation

  • Personal experience

4. All Kinds of Donors are Needed

Ivy league college degree. 

Athletic scholarship.

Accomplished musician. 

While these are all significant accomplishments, they are not necessary to have to be an egg donor. The truth is, we want to have a very diverse database. Every intended couple is looking for something different, and we want to be able to give them the best chance of finding what they want. 

In fact, Jewish, Indian, and Asian donors can actually earn more money. Donors in these ethnic groups are always in high demand because they are harder to find.

So regardless of your school or professional accomplishments, anyone who wants to donate is welcome to apply

5. Donating Eggs Takes 30 Minutes

Ok, let’s clarify. 

Yes, the retrieval process takes 30 minutes, but the entire process takes a little more time than that. 

First, the screening process can take up to six weeks, then we wait to be matched, and then the hormone treatments take two weeks.Don’t worry though, you’ll be able to work and play according to your own schedule up til a few days before the retrieval. 

The retrieval happens at a professional IVF clinic. A light sedative is given, and the eggs are extracted through a needle transvaginally. This procedure takes about 30 minutes. There is minimal pain, and the egg donor should be able to return to normal activities within the next day or two. 

6. Egg Donation Doesn’t Have to Be Anonymous

Unless of course, you want it to be. 

Some intended parents and donors decide to remain completely anonymous. In this case, the agency will handle all communications between the two parties. 

But, a recent trend has donors and parents meeting and getting to know each other. This can be beneficial for many reasons, including getting to know the woman your child will share DNA with. 

The connection can be short-term and only maintained during the egg donation process, or they can remain acquaintances and share the child’s significant milestones with each other. 

7. It’s Not All About the Money

Women who donate their eggs are not giving to get rich.

Think about it, The average compensation for egg donors is around $15,000. That’s barely enough to cover a year’s worth of college tuition or a down payment on an apartment. 

Most women who donate are doing so because they want to help those who can’t have a baby on their own. 

So, while the money helps, the altruism is the driving factor. 

Donating Eggs Explained

If you still have questions about donating eggs, don’t hesitate to check us out. We’re here for both intended parents and egg donors alike. 

So let’s all work together to find the perfect match.

Looking for Egg Donation Near Me? Here's Why Where You Live Doesn't Matter
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Location, location, location. 

We all know how important location is when looking for the perfect home. But, we’re not talking about real estate, we’re talking about babies. And when it comes to egg donors, we don’t need to worry about city and county lines.

In fact, here at Elevate, you can even forget about state and country lines as well. We are now an international agency that works with egg donors and intended parents from around the world.

So stop searching for “egg donor near me” and start focusing on the bigger picture: finding the perfect egg donor for your family -- no matter how far we need to travel to find her.  

Read on to learn why it’s essential to work with an international agency.

Don’t Settle

Your baby is going to share DNA with your egg donor. This means that your donor’s traits will become your baby’s traits. If you are looking for a particular race, religion, or ethnicity for your family, you may need to look beyond your own city limits for the right match. 

Here are Elevate, we are very sensitive to what intended parents want when looking for an egg donor. It’s understandable for intended parents to want to share similar traits with their babies, such as heritage, customs, and legacy. After all; these are the traits that most families share.

Sometimes this means looking a little farther and a little wider.

Choosing a Donor

Because of the beauty of the internet, it doesn’t matter where the egg donor lives. 

First, an egg donor will apply through our website. If we feel that she is a good fit for our agency, we can contact her through Skype or Facetime to do the initial face-face- interview. She will then be asked to fill out extensive questionnaires about her medical background. Soon after, we meet her in person for coffee, dinner or lunch at her convenience. 

After the egg donor submits her photos and her profile is posted on our site, any set of intended parents can choose her. They can even go onto the website under Intended Parents → Payment Portal and put a donor on hold. The hold lasts for five business days until you’ve made a final decision. The hold fee acts as a credit to the agency once you’ve decided to move forward. 

When a match is made, we coordinate between the egg donor and the intended parents to make sure all terms of the arrangements are acceptable to both parties. We then take it to your clinic and work with the nurse coordinator to get the donor in for her donor day. 

Making Travel Arrangements

If the egg donor doesn’t live close to a reputable fertility clinic, the intended parents are expected to cover all travel costs.

These costs include:

  • Airfare

  • Hotel accommodations

  • Ground transportation

  • A daily budget for food and other expenses

Typically, if an egg donor needs to travel to a fertility clinic, she’ll need anywhere from 5 to 9 days of hotel accommodations. This time includes appointments, retrieval, and recovery. 

We have travel specialists in our office who will arrange all travel arrangements. We are extremely conscious of budget and the expenditures covered by the intended parents. As parents who have been through this, we know it is important to save where we can. While we know you are aware of the time and energy that is required of egg donors through this process, we still economize costs

Don’t Worry About Egg Donation Near Me

Now you can have peace of mind as you search for the perfect egg donor. You can feel confident that no matter where your egg donor is from, we will help you make all the arrangements necessary to build your family. Don’t let location stop you from having the perfect family you’ve always wanted.  

And remember, you don’t ever need to search for “egg donation near me” again. Unless of course, it brought you to Elevate through this blog post. :)

Your Guide to the Egg Donor IVF Process
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We’ve got good news for you. If you are a couple considering using an egg donor to grow your family, your chances of getting a healthy baby are excellent.

In fact, the IVF success rates are higher when using an egg donor than for couples not using a donor.

What we’re saying is, the odds are in your favor.

But what exactly is the IVF process, and how does it work? Here’s your guide to the basics of the egg donor IVF process.

What is IVF

IVF is a fertility treatment option for those who need a healthy egg. IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization.

As you know from 8th-grade biology, a healthy egg and sperm are needed to create an embryo. This embryo will grow into a baby once it has implanted in the uterus. In some cases, a couple will not be able to provide a healthy egg. This is when IVF comes in.

Couples who would benefit from IVF include gay male couples, and couples dealing with infertility.

Gay Male Couples

In the case of a gay couple, they would need an egg donor to provide the egg. Once the egg is retrieved, the egg is then fertilized by their own sperm. After healthy embryos have grown, they will be implanted into a surrogate who will then carry the baby until it has reached full term.

For a gay couple, finding an egg donor with a high egg yield is important should both want a biological child. The couple would split the egg retrieval and fertilize half and half.

Infertility

In some cases, a woman will not be able to produce a viable egg. This could be due to several issues, including:

  • Age

  • Post-cancer

  • Congenital anomaly

  • Low ovarian reserves

  • Repeated IVF failure

In these cases, a couple may decide that an egg donor is the best chance to have a baby. They will then go through the same process as a gay couple. But, in this case, if the woman has a healthy uterus, she may be able to carry the baby.

IVF Process 101

Here’s are the basic run-down of how it works:

  1. A Couple decides they want to use an egg donor to grow their family.

  2. They find a suitable egg donor.

  3. The egg donor takes fertility drugs to stimulate egg production.

  4. Once the eggs reach maturity, they are retrieved via an ultrasound-guided needle.

  5. The eggs are then placed in a petri dish with the sperm cell to be fertilized.

  6. The healthy embryos can then either be transferred to the surrogate or frozen for use in a later cycle.

It’s relatively straight forward, and the entire process only takes a few weeks once the egg donor has been found.

How to Find the Perfect Egg Donor

Finding the perfect egg donor for your family may seem overwhelming. That’s why we suggest using a credible agency. Egg donor agencies have strict screening procedures in place to ensure that your chances of success are the highest possible.

All donors must meet specific requirements as they go through several evaluations, including a complete medical history, mental health assessments, and fertility testing.This way your can be sure you will find the perfect donor who is ready and willing to join you in your journey to becoming a parent.

How Much Does Egg Donor IVF Cost?

As you can imagine, there are a lot of expenses that come with the egg donor IVF process. As intended parents, it is up to you to cover all the fees associated with the egg donation process. These fees include a range of necessary items such as:

  • Agency fees

  • Legal services

  • Insurance

  • Psychological evaluations

  • Donor compensation

  • Travel costs

  • Genetic assessment

Plan on spending anywhere from $18,000 to $30,000 to secure a donor and support her financially from beginning to end of her egg donation.

Let Us Help

Building a family is an exciting time. It can also be stressful and overwhelming. Let us help you. We have been through the process ourselves and have learned how to weather the highs and lows.

We can help you every step of the way from finding the perfect donor to finally getting your healthy embryos. So let’s get going and get your that family you’ve always wanted.

Indian, Jewish, Asian Egg Donors: We Pride Ourselves in the Diversity of Our Donors
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We’ve all heard the term ‘designer’ baby. But, if you are a couple looking for the perfect egg donor, chances are you are spending time searching for a possible connection between the parents and the child rather than the perfect-looking ‘designer’ baby.

It’s perfectly normal and understandable why intended parents have specific characteristics and traits in mind when choosing an egg donor. They want the baby to have some sort of resemblance to themselves and their family. They want to share the same heritage and traditions with their child; just like any natural couple would with their offspring.

So, if you’re an Asian couple looking for an Asian egg donor, or a couple that wants Jewish traits in their child, you’ve come to the right place. At Elevate we are proud of our diverse groups of donors.

Who You Pick Matters

Your path to parenthood starts with who you pick as an egg donor. I mean, no pressure, but this is who your baby will share genetic DNA with. Needless, to say, it’s essential to find a donor who both you and your partner are comfortable with.

This is one of the most significant decisions you will make for you and your child. At Elevate we understand that this is an emotional and stressful process. That’s why we offer the best of the best when it comes to egg donors.

The Process Starts Early

Because we have been through the process ourselves, we are cautious and selective of the donors we chose to work with.

We have a rigorous screening process that includes verification and documentation of our donors’ education, physical traits, mental health, reproductive health, and family history. This way you can be sure that no matter what donor you choose, she will be healthy and willing to help you on your journey to becoming parents.

What Is Important to You?

Before you begin, decide what is important to you.

Race and religion play an enormous role in any family. If you are looking for a particular donor that shares your same heritage, we can help you. At Elevate, we feature a wide range of egg donors including, Indian, Jewish, and Asian egg donors.

These donors are always in high demand, and in many cases receive higher compensation than other egg donors.

Here’s why:

Indian Egg Donors

Intended parents in the United States often struggle to find East Indian egg donors. And because the standard of care and fertility techniques can differ in those parts of the world, traveling to find a donor isn’t a possibility either.

At Elevate, we can help you find an East Indian, Asian Indian or Indian American donor.

Jewish Egg Donors

There are several different interpretations of Jewish law concerning egg donation. We understand this is a complicated issue. To some intended parents, the religion of the egg donor does not matter, while to others, a Jewish egg is the only acceptable option.

Jewish eggs also hold certain traits and genetic qualities. At Elevate, we understand how important religion can be in individual families. We will be sensitive to any and all beliefs as we match you with the perfect egg donor for your family.

However, when it comes to Jewish donors it is important to keep in mind that their genetic mutation carrier diseases may provide additional complications depending on if the sperm donor carriers the same mutations.  

Asian Egg Donors

Because of cultural attitudes, along with other factors, Asian egg donors can be hard to find. If you are looking for an Asian egg donor, we will make every effort to find the right match for you. This includes finding a donor of Chinese, Japanese or Korean descent.

Our staff will work with expertise and compassion to match a donor of Asian descent with an intended couple.

What Sets Us Apart

Quality over quantity.

You may see other agencies who boast thousands of donors to choose from, but at Elevate Egg Donor Agency, you can be sure that every single donor in our database is the best of the best. So regardless if you’re looking for a Jewish, Indian, or Asian egg donor, we can help you.

We will take the time to find your perfect match.

Because as we said, it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make. So let’s get it right.

What You Can Expect From the Best Egg Donor Agencies
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We’re going to let you in on a little secret: not all egg donor agencies are created equal. Trust us, we know.

When we began our own egg donor search to become fathers with the help of a donor, we had no idea how difficult it would be to find a reputable agency to work with. We had many unmet expectations and frustrating setbacks we had to deal with along our journey in finding the perfect donor.

One agency offered us a donor who disappeared the day before hormone treatment, another took a lump sum of money without clarifying what it was for and offered no refund when things didn’t progress. Because of our experience, we decided to open our own agency for the sole purpose of helping others.

If you find yourself overwhelmed at the thought of choosing which egg donor agency to work with, we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know about egg donor agencies before you commit.

The Best Agencies Work With Clinics

The best donor agencies often work with the leading IVF doctors who specialize in reproductive endocrinology. Find an agency that works with revolutionary fertility clinics which are at the forefront of innovative treatments.

If an agency has a working relationship with reputable clinics, you can be assured that they have proven themselves trustworthy and reliable within the industry. Ask them which clincs they work most with, and if they can get a referral for you to speak to.

The Best Agencies Have Quality Databases

When looking for the perfect egg donor, you will want a selection of egg donors available to you that aren’t about quantity, but quality. These databases should be secure and only viewable by serious clients to protect the privacy of the donors.

Agencies should offer a blend of new donors and repeat donors. Repeat donors prove that this particular agency was fair and considerate of the donor to the point where she would want to work with them again. New donors show they can attract new women who want to do business with them.

Also, look for variety among the donors themselves. All nationalities should be represented. As well as donors who represent different educational backgrounds, different religious affiliations, and all kinds of career choices.

The Best Agencies Have a Rigorous Screening Process

No matter how tempting it may be for an agency to sign every donor who comes by, it’s imperative that there is a screening process in place to protect both the donor and the intended parents.

There are specific requirements every donor must meet before she can sign with an agency.  These requirements include factors such as age, medical history, and emotional stability.

A reputable agency will thoroughly screen each donor. This helps protects both the donor and the intended parents from any negative outcome that could have potentially been prevented.

The Best Agencies Have Competitive Compensation

Donors are giving an extraordinary and sacred gift for another couple to have a family. Because of this selfless act, a reputable agency will compensate their donors fairly.

The best agencies understand how important the donors are to their business. They will treat them with respect and walk them through the entire process from the initial application screening to matching with an intended couple, and finally through the IVF process.

The Best Agencies Practice Good Ethics

Because of the nature of the business, egg donor agencies need to prove that they work within excellent moral and ethical standards.

Good agencies will be aligned with the highest standards in the industry. Find an agency who claims to be part of the SEEDS Union of Ethics and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or ASRM.

The Best Egg Donor Agencies Offer Compassion and Experience

Find an agency who deals with their customers with compassion. Find an agency that will treat all parties with respect. Find an agency that understands they are helping build families, not just brokering business deals.

The process of finding an egg donor and going through the IVF process is a very unique experience. Find the egg donor agencies that have invaluable knowledge and experience, that are willing to will work with you until you find the perfect match, and who will advocate for you every step of the way.  After all, we’re in the business of building families.