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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

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

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?

When a baby girl is born, she has approximately 1 million eggs, when she goes through puberty only 300,000 remains.

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 (the lower part of the uterus) to the outside of the body. It also is known as the birth canal.

  • Uterus (womb): The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ that is the home to a developing fetus. 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. The corpus can quickly expand to hold a developing baby. 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 and serve as pathways for the ova (egg cells) 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 cycle 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. These are called follicles.

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

Ovulatory phase

The ovulatory phase (ovulation) usually starts about 14 days after the follicular phase started, but this can vary.

The dominant egg creates estrogen. The estrogen causes the dominant 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

$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 it's a gay couple or a couple struggling with infertility, there has never been a better time to start your egg donor search. 

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 of our partner's smile in our children or recognize similar mannerisms that we had when we were little. Egg donation allows this to happen for all couples. 

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. 

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.

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

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.

How Same-Sex Couples Can Become Gay Fathers and Mothers
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Gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer. No matter what you identify as there are many options available to you to have a baby.

Granted, having a baby may not be as easy for you and your partner as it is for other couples, but with a little bit of help from the scientific community having a family is possible. And yes, you can even share your DNA with your offspring.

There has never been a better time for a gay couple to have a family.  In fact, between 2 and 3 million kids have at least one parent who is part of the LGTBQ community.  So we say go for it! You can become the gay fathers you’ve always wanted to be. And you can count on us to support you every step of the way.

Options for Gay Couples

Let’s have a quick lesson in biology: To have a baby, you must have sperm (from a man) and an egg (from a woman).  I know you already know this but stay with me.

If you’re in a same-sex relationship, you’re missing one of the crucial pieces. This means you’ll need a third party to step in. We call this third-party reproduction assistance.

To solve that, you’ll need to do at least one of the following:

  • Insemination with a sperm donor: for lesbians

  • IVF with an egg donor: for gay men

  • Surrogacy: for gay men

  • Reciprocal IVF: for lesbians where one partner carries the baby and the other is the egg donor

  • Co-parenting: a planned, platonic relationship

Through these avenues, the possibility of you and your partner having a child that shares your DNA becomes a reality.

Third-Party Reproduction Assistance For Gay Mothers

For lesbian couples, third-party reproduction assistance is relatively straight forward. All you need to do it find a sperm donor, then go through a process called artificial insemination. Because women have eggs and can carry the baby, it is a pretty simple procedure.

Third-Party Reproduction Assistance For Gay Fathers

For male gay couples, it is much more complicated. For gay men to have babies, they’ll need to find an egg donor and a surrogate to carry the baby.

That’s where we come in. We are an agency who has committed their time and resources to help gay couples find the perfect egg donor.  We have been through the process ourselves; we understand the journey. So we are taking our experiences and using them to help other couples become parents.

Egg Donation 101

If you are a gay couple looking into egg donation, here is a basic rundown of how the process works. This is the most common way for same-sex couples to become gay fathers.

Find an Agency

The first step is finding a reputable agency. Preferable one that understands the ins and outs of the IVF process and who sincerely wants what is best for the intended parents.

Also, make sure the agency is duly accredited by the SEEDS Union of Ethics and The American Society for Reproduction Medicine. There are are many agencies out there who do not hold themselves to high ethical standards when it comes to egg donation.

Make a Match

Once you have chosen an agency, you will be given access to their donor database. These donors have been screened, and are ready to be matched with intended parents.

You can be assured that only the best of the best pass the screening process.

Set Up an Agreement

Because of the nature of third-party reproduction assistance, there need to be some legal contracts set up to protect all parties involved.

These issues include:

  • The egg donor voluntarily relinquishes all rights to the eggs.

  • The egg donor has no parental responsibility on any children created using those eggs.

  • The egg donor has no obligations over the child if the baby is born with any sort of birth defects.

  • The timeline of how and when the eggs will be retrieved

  • How the intended parents will pay for any necessary travel expenses

  • If and how any medical costs will be covered

  • Compensation

  • Any fees for canceled cycles

  • And the level of contact between the donor and the intended parents.

In Vitro Fertilization

Next comes the IVF process. This is when the eggs are harvested from a woman’s ovaries, put together with the sperm, and if all goes well, you’ll get a few embryos.

One or two of the healthiest embryos are then transferred to a surrogate who will carry the baby for nine months.

Any extra embryos can be cryopreserved for the future.

The Cost

The cost of finding an egg donor and going through the IVF process can be expensive. Realistically, you can expect to spend anywhere between $18,000 to $30,000. But don’t let that stop you.

There are nonprofit organizations out there to help you get the funding you need.

Same-Sex Couples Can Have a Biological Family Too

Because of advanced scientific techniques, it is possible for gay couples to have babies that share their genes.
So go ahead, fill out a registration form then start thinking of baby names. We’re going to help you get the family you’ve always wanted. We can’t wait to start working with you.

IVF Cost: The Good, The Bad, and The Unaffordable
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In Vitro Fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus.

Yes, yes. All of this we know. And while we are grateful for this incredible modern medicine platform that allows people to conceive where they otherwise could not, the truth is it is expensive. When it comes to IVF cost, every clinic and agency fee structure is a little different.

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we follow a specific set of standards when it comes to cost that falls whiting the ASRM guidelines as well as the Seeds Union of Ethics policies regarding expenditures for egg retrievals and embryo creation.

Here’s what a guide on everything you need to know as you consider IVF cost and which clinic/agency to select:

The Good Clinics

A great clinic will always have your best interest at heart. An efficient IVF clinic won’t try to get you to buy a package that isn’t going to serve you and your journey. IVF packages come in all shapes and sizes, but the most efficient and top clinics will guide you carefully when it comes to IVF cost.

An established and caring clinic will make sure you are not undergoing any unnecessary bloodwork or testing. They will ensure your egg donor also doesn’t undergo repeat testing. Your IVF physician will carefully review records and only do what is necessary to make sure your journey is successful and all bases are covered

A good clinic will teach you carefully how to go about your journey and conserve on IVF cost where possible. A good team with top tier service will offer you things like insurance for your journey or egg donor. The best clinics offer packages that guarantee a pregnancy. Top IVF physicians are able to offer this kind of package because of their skillset and success rates.

The Bad in IVF Cost

Unfortunately, there are enough clinics in the U.S. that are careless when it comes to intended parent care. We’ve done enough cycles at enough clinics to know which truly look out for our clients, and which let a lot go to the wayside.

IVF cost can be burdensome. Many of us want to be parents so badly but can’t afford it. There are some IVF clinics who require repeat testing done at their clinic and do not honor testing that has been done previously, even if it’s the same or similar bloodwork or psychological evaluations that are needed.

The bad IVF clinics will simply require their “in house” team does everything. These clinics are doing a disservice to intended parents who have chosen a donor who has already been screen appropriately through previous donations by asking them to pay again for testing or evaluations that have been done.

Another thing to consider when looking at clinics is how long they want the egg donor present for during a retrieval cycle. Great clinics will ask the donor to be present near the clinic for 5-8 days. Some small market clinics will ask the donor to come for two weeks.

This increases IVF cost as hotel stays for that long can be expensive. It will also limit your donor options because few donors can get off work or school for so long. A top tier clinic will have your donor monitored locally to save you money and make the cycle more efficient.

The Unaffordable

Carefully consider which agency and clinic you will use based on their IVF cost structure. There are some programs who do split retrievals entitling parents to just a few of the eggs from a cycle. This offers a few sets of intended parents to cycle with the same donor at once, but only offers them a small number of oocytes from the retrieval.


Most intended parents need a full retrieval to offer themselves the best set up possible for building a family. With the drop-off rate that naturally occurs as embryos develop, you need a healthy amount to begin with.

While compensation rates may vary, choosing a donor you love is important. Find an agency that is open to having a discussion with a donor about compensation rates. Find someone who is willing to honor your budget and help you find a cost-effective solution.

Keep in mind that most clinics will tell you they are “the best”. They will tell you that their success rates are the highest and they are the only place you should cycle. Through hundreds and hundreds of cycles at Elevate with various clinics, we have carefully noted which clinics really do offer the best care and results for our clients.

Do your research, ask a lot of questions, consider fee structures and then schedule a consultation with us today for a transparent and honest conversation about whom to place your trust and IVF journey in.

A Letter To My Egg Donor
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I write this letter on behalf of intended parents all over the world that have needed the help of an egg donor to conceive and build their family. I write this letter from the bottom of my heart. I write this letter to my own egg donor, so all other women considering offering some of their genetic material to help a someone become a parent can know what what an incredible impact they will have on someone just like me.

First and foremost egg donor, THANK YOU. Thank you for being so selfless. Thank you for putting any concerns you may have had about sharing your DNA aside so I can be a father. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you for going through the nine days of hormones. Thank you for whatever discomfort you experienced and whatever you had to sacrifice in school or work to make your donation complete. Thank you for for coming through and being committed. Thank you for offering us the most incomparable gift.

Egg donor, know that there will never be proper words to thank you and no compensation rate sufficient to repay you for what you have offered me. Know that your act is one that cannot be matched. Know that gratitude will resound in the universe and come back to you ten fold for the remainder of your lifetime for doing something so generous for another human being on their life path.

When I think of you, energy immediately leaves my heart and soul and goes directly to wherever you are, hoping you feel my love and appreciation. In any down or dark moments you may have, may the joy and light from having done something so noble for others lift you up and carry you through.

Egg donor, thank you for being you. I searched high and low for a donor that got me enthused about a challenging process, and only you made me elated to continue. This is because of who you are and what you bring to the table as a human. Not only are you absolutely beautiful, you are smart, you are witty, you are FUNNY. You also happen to reflect my husband and I some ways. I know I only know a little about you, but it was enough to confirm that you are the one for us. You are the one that leaves me day dreaming about what kind of movers and shakers I will raise to go change up the game in this crazy world. 

You are more than just our “egg donor”. You are the conduit by which we will raise a fantastic little human. You are the door that made all of this possible. You offered us love, so we can offer a life love and in turn offer the world more love. At the end of the day, it is all out of love. 

Egg donor, you are powerhouse superwoman. You are a leader among young, strong women. You are many things I will never be. You are whom I am grateful for every single day of my life. You are an actual unicorn in a world of millennial musings. You, in short, are DA QUEEN. And you will forever be to us.  All hail, my dear egg donor. ALL. HAIL. 



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Do You Fit the Requirements to Donate Eggs?
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Maybe you know someone who has struggled with fertility. Perhaps it’s a gay couple who can’t have kids on their own. Or you’ve talked to someone who has donated before

In any event, here you are wondering if egg donation is for you.

There is a lot of thought and consideration on our end when we look at egg donor applications. If you feel that this is something you’d like to do, here is a breakdown of our requirements to donate eggs.

Mental Health

Though we do our best to get a feel for if donors are prepared to donate through the initial screening process, Donors will eventually be asked to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation with our license psychologist. He will do a thorough examination to make sure you are mentally prepared to donate to a family trying to have a child.

You will eventually go through a genetic assessment as well with Dr. Gina Davis from Advocate Genetics. This evaluation will gather personal and family history in regards to physical and mental illness and look for any repeating patterns. It’s essential for the donor to be completely honest during these evaluations and to share as much information as possible.

Another reason for the evaluations is to make sure that the donor fully understands any long term psychological effects of her decision. This gift of life that egg donors offer is priceless, but there are some legal and personal boundaries that must be in place. A donor must have the cognitive skills to understand this important decision fully.

Physical Health

An egg donor must be physically healthy. Some physical requirements include:

  • Good height/weight ratio (BMI)

  • Regular menstrual cycles

  • No birth control implants

  • No drug use

  • Must not currently be on antidepressants or ADD medication. Past use for situational events where it was needed can be discussed, and is often okay!

We also ask for an extensive self reported medical history for you and your family. We look for a history of cancer, diabetes, or any congenital health problems. It is imperative that you are completely honest on this part of the evaluation as there may be hereditary conditions that could be passed on to the baby.

Personality Traits

Aside from having an inherently wonderful personality to pass on to the baby, you must have certain traits that will help you get through the process. The egg donation process can be challenging. Here are some of the characteristics that will help you have a positive experience.

Responsible

You must be able to keep appointments, stick to a strict calendar, and follow through with treatments. There will be a team of people who are depending on you to come through for them.

Open Communicator

If you have any issues or concerns, are you able to communicate them? Do you answer texts, voice mails, and emails promptly? Communication is essential -- especially when dealing the time-sensitive procedures.

Honest

We already discussed being honest on the pre-screening tests and evaluations. But honestly is also essential when dealing with the intended parents. Are you able to convey how you honestly feel about the arrangement? If the couple wants an open relationship, are you okay with that?

Brave

Giving yourself daily shots is not for the weak. However, the injectable needles are incredibly small. They are the size of a botox needle and most donors find the injectables to be incredibly easy to do.

Donors are strong women who are willing to be a little uncomfortable for the greater cause. Being a donor means being stretched beyond your comfort zone, but in return, you’ll be able to reap the reward of watching a beautiful family grow because of your donation.

Flexible

We’re not going to ask you to give up your life completely, but a little flexibility may be necessary. There will scheduled phone calls, clinical visits, and some travel may be required. We do our best to make it work with your timeline regarding school and work. However, a donor with great availability is a donor who will be matched quickly!

Selfless

If money is your only motivation, this may not be the right fit for you. And egg donor’s primary motivation is to find a couple they can help. They want to give the gift of life. A selfless mentality will be what gets you through the process.

We do our best at Elevate to ensure this will be a gratifying process for you. Take it from someone who has searched for an egg donor for years (me), it means the world to us that you are willing to offer some of your genetic material to someone like me who wants to offer a child the best life possible.

Educated

Our egg donors are  well-educated. You don’t have to have a 4.0 from an Ivy League school, but some education and professional accomplishments can help. Your education and work history will show know how to work hard to achieve your goals.

Physical Traits

At our agency, we represent all women who desire to be a donor regardless of race, religion or ethnic group. We are open to any donor who is interested in applying. As long as they pass the evaluations and meet Elevate criteria, we will do our best to find you the perfect match when looking for intended parents to donate to.

Donors of Asian, East Indian, or Jewish descent are always in highest demand. Other physical traits that seem to requested frequently include height and sometimes a specific eye color. It is important to remember that you are often being considered to help a family based on physical characteristic the parents already have.

If you happen to have physical traits that are in high demand, your compensation may be higher.

The Age Factor

While we love women of all ages, we only accept donors who are between 20 and 30.

Here’s why:

If you’re younger than 20, you may not be emotionally ready to make such a big decision. It’s also a physically taxing process once it starts. The medication, injections, and clinical visits can be a lot to handle. Not to mention, your adolescent body is still growing and changing. However, in special cases we will bring on a donor of 19 and work on getting her matched for when she turns 20.

If you’re 18, see us again in a few years.

If you’re older than 30, we hate to say it, but the quality and quantity of your eggs are declining. Women can still get pregnant and have children in their 30s, but studies show that the chance of having an embryo with abnormal chromosomes raises significantly after the age of 32.

In addition to the increased rate of defects, older women do not respond to hormone treatment as well as younger women. This could result in fewer eggs at the time of retrieval. And we want to give our intended parents the best possible outcome.

Do You Fit the Requirements to Donate Eggs?

Do you fit the requirements to donate eggs? Do you want to help a family who needs someone like you to get a family? If so, then start the application process today.

You never know -- there could be intended parents who are waiting to meet you.

All About the Eggs: How to Find the Perfect Donor Eggs

Hey! We’re Elevate Egg Agency and it’s nice to meet you.

If you’re here, it probably means you have already been on this baby-making-journey for some time. And now you’ve ended up here looking for an alternative way to build a family.  

Whether you’re a gay couple, an older couple, a health-compromised couple, or a maybe you’re not even part of a couple at all -- no matter your situation, we’re happy to have you. 

And we are going to help you find the perfect donor eggs.

Realistic Expectations

Finding the perfect egg donor can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing for a couple.  That being said, it is important for any intended couple to keep in mind that no one is practically perfect in every way -- except for Mary Poppins, of course.

You will need to decide what is most important such as:

  • Do you want the child to resemble you and your partner?

  • Is skin color, eye color, and hair color important?

  • What sort of personality traits will fit in best with your lifestyle?

  • Do you want the donor involved in the child’s life?

  • How important is IQ or education?

  • Is height and weight an important factor? 

Decide what is most important, then go from there.  But, you can be assured, we will try to get you everything on your checklist.

Physical Traits

Let’s start with physical traits. This is usually what couples first notice about an egg donor. It’s completely normal -- and very understandable --  that intended parents want their child to look like them. Couples will often look for egg donors who resemble themselves. Maybe they have the same coloring or the same build.  

Our donor database offers many girls to choose from who all have different physical characteristics. If you and your partner have light eyes, then find a donor who has light eyes as well. Whether you’re looking for a certain type of hair or your mother’s perfect nose, we can help you find them.  

Perhaps you are hoping for a basketball player to follow in your footsteps. There’s nothing wrong with finding a tall and athletic donor to increase those chances. Decide what the most important physical traits are and go from there.

Personality Traits and IQ

Think about the personality that will fit in best with your family. If you are a carefree couple who likes to travel, is it really that important that your donor graduated from Harvard Law School? 

Look for a donor who you’d like to hang out with. Maybe, someone, you could see being a friend. Find a donor who has personality traits that you are drawn to.  Do you have similar interests? Does she sound interesting? Would you want to get to know her better?  

Read the donor’s profile, see what she has to say and then trust your gut feeling. You’ll soon be able to tell which donors would be a good fit and which donors who wouldn’t.

Medical History and Mental Health

As part of the egg donor application process, egg donors are asked for an extensive medical history.  They must be clean of any STDs, be a nonsmoker, and pass a psychological evaluation.  

By the time you see them as an option, they have already been thoroughly screened by our agency to make sure they are fit for donation. 

That being said, there are some additional health factors you may want to consider.

Genetic testing will need to be done to see if the intended couple and the donor are carriers for any of the same genetic diseases or disorders. If so, this will increase the chances of the baby having some sort of disability. 

You may also want to make sure the donor has the same blood type as one of the intended parents. This may make donating blood to your child -- if they ever need it -- easier in the future. 

Has the Donor Donated Before?

Some couples prefer to use a donor who has previously donated eggs successfully. This proves that she tolerated the fertility drugs well and was able to provide a good amount of eggs for IVF

However, don’t rule out a first-time donor. A first time donor will have a lower compensation rate and the probability is high that a young donor will provide excellent results even in her first round of donating. 

There is no wrong decision, just decide what you and your partner are most comfortable with.

Unknown Vs Known

Now let’s focus on the long-term goals.  

There are different contracts that you can enter into with a donor. Some donors like to remain anonymous throughout the entire process.  The agency you work with will not share either party’s contact information at any time. She will donate her eggs, and then the deal is done.  

In other cases, some intended parents and donors can decide to have contact. Some choose to have limited interactions with each other through the process, while other couples allow the donor to be an active part of the child’s life. For example, they may decide to let the donor meet the child or share pictures. 

This is an extremely personal decision that you and your partner will need to decide together. Again, there is no wrong choice. Just whatever feels right.

The Perfect Donor Eggs

Trust us, the perfect donor eggs are out there and we’re here to help you find them. So don’t wait any longer. Let us help you on the next step of your journey: to finally get that little miracle you’ve been dreaming of.