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

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

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

Don’t Make it All About the Money

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

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

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

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

Don’t Do Drugs

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

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

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

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

Do Take Care of Yourself

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

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

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

Hydration and Electrolytes

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

Healthy Diet

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

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

Relaxation

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

Do Show Up

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

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

Do Ask Questions

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

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

Do Have a Support System

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

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

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

Donate Eggs for Money

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

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

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

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

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

Application Process

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

Waiting to be Matched

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

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

Complete Medical Screening

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

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

Legal Contracts

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

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

Travel May be Necessary

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

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

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

The Medication Cycle

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

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

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

Egg Retrieval

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

The egg retrieval process will last about 30 minutes. 

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

Compensation 

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

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

Donating Eggs 101

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

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

All things we regularly donate to help those around us. 

But what does it mean to donate eggs? 

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

1. Egg Donation is Highly Regulated

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

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

These screenings address issues such as 

  • Travel to and from a Zika-infected country

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

  • History of STDs

  • Any Drug Use

  • The regularity of Menstrual Cycles

  • Medical history

  • Mental Illness

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

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

2. It Takes Time to Get Matched

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

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

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

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

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

Other signs of a good agency include:

  • Partnerships with the best fertility clinics

  • A quality database of donors

  • Rigorous screening process

  • Competitive compensation

  • Personal experience

4. All Kinds of Donors are Needed

Ivy league college degree. 

Athletic scholarship.

Accomplished musician. 

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

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

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

5. Donating Eggs Takes 30 Minutes

Ok, let’s clarify. 

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

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

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

6. Egg Donation Doesn’t Have to Be Anonymous

Unless of course, you want it to be. 

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

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

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

7. It’s Not All About the Money

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

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

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

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

Donating Eggs Explained

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

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