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Building Your Family: How to Find an Egg Donor

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.