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Donating Eggs 101: A Few Basics You Need to Know About Donating Eggs


Deciding to donate eggs is not a decision to be taken lightly. While we are happy that you want to help a family in need, there are some things you need to understand before you sign the dotted line.

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

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

Application Process

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

Waiting to be Matched

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

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

Complete Medical Screening

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

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

Legal Contracts

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

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

Travel May be Necessary

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

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

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

The Medication Cycle

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

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

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

Egg Retrieval

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

The egg retrieval process will last about 30 minutes. 

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

Compensation 

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

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

Donating Eggs 101

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

Building Your Family: How to Find an Egg Donor

Hi. We're glad you're here. 

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

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

Physical Appearance

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

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

Medical History

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

Anonymous vs. Known Egg Donor

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

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

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

Repeat Donors

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

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

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

Location of Donor

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

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

Dealing with Stress

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

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

Follow Your Instincts

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

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

Let's Find an Egg Donor

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

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

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

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

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

1. Application 

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

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

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

2. Acceptance

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

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

  • Non-smoker

  • Has both ovaries

  • Between the ages of 20 and 30

  • Healthy height/weight ratio

  • No drug use

  • Regular menstrual cycles

  • Ready to take hormonal injections

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

3. Making a Match

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

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

4. Medical Screening

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Legal Arrangements

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

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

6. Medications and Injections

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

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

7. Retrieval

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

After that, you can resume all normal activities.

Egg Donation Explained

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

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

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

Everything You Need to Know About the Egg Donor Screening Process

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.

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

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. 

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.

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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Talking About the F-Word -- Fertility: What Your Diagnosis From the Fertility Doctor Really Means

This is a hard conversation to have, but unfortunately, it’s necessary.

You know, the conversation about the F-word -- Fertility. 

If you are struggling with infertility, we want you to know you are not alone. In fact, one in six men and women struggle with infertility at some point in their life. Also, ladies don’t blame yourselves. In couples who are unable to get pregnant, ⅓  is because of the woman, ⅓ is because of the man, and ⅓ is unknown.

 If you have recently received a diagnosis from the fertility doctor, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and confused. We’re here to explain what your diagnosis means, and what options there are to have that baby you are craving to hold.

Types of Infertility

Couples who have been trying to conceive for a year are encouraged to see a specialist. This isn’t to say you won’t ever get pregnant on your own, but it may be a sign that there is something amiss.

There are different degrees of infertility. It’s important to understand where you fit in.

Sub-Infertility

This is when a couple is less fertile than the average couple. If you are sub-fertile, it just means that you may have to try a little harder to get pregnant.

Issues such as a low sperm count in the male, or cysts on the woman’s ovaries can make it harder to get pregnant, but it could still happen.

You will need to decide if you want to be patient and “see what happens,” or if you are ready to find other means to have a baby.

Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is when a couple has already had one child, but they can’t get pregnant again. Or, they keep suffering from miscarriages.

This can be stressful in any relationship. There is an expectation that after one healthy pregnancy, another one should be possible. So when it doesn’t happen right away, it can be very frustrating,  

Fertility problems can arise at any time during your lifetime. Just because you had a baby in your 20’s doesn’t mean you will automatically be able to have a baby in your 30’s.

Permanent Infertility

This is when a couple has received the devastating news that they will not be able to conceive at all. This is when you should start looking into ulterior methods to have a family.

In any case, we urge you to seek a second opinion before making any final decisions.

Diagnosis From the Fertility Doctor

There are many different reasons why a couple is infertile. And sometimes it can take a while to figure out the complete picture. So, if it takes a few weeks to get a diagnosis from your fertility doctor, don’t stress.

Female Infertility

Female infertility can be caused by:

  • Age-related issues such a decreased ovarian reserve

  • Irregular or absent ovulation

  • Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Scarring of the Fallopian Tubes

  • Pelvic Adhesions

  • Endometriosis

  • Uterine fibroid

  • Clotting disorders

  • Recurring miscarriages

And unknown causes -- remember ⅓ of the cases may never be diagnosed.

Male Infertility

Male infertility can be caused by:

  • Azoospermia -- complete absence of sperm

  • Oligospermia -- low sperm count

  • Teratospermia -- abnormally shaped sperm

  • Congenital absence of the vas deferens

  • Genetic diseases or chromosomal abnormally

  • Prior vasectomy

  • Unknown causes

Fertility Treatment Options

If you or your partner have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, there are medical treatments you can try. Such as medications, artificial insemination, or invasive surgery.

If those don’t sound promising, we encourage you to look into an egg donation agency. Egg donation is best for women who have damaged or prematurely failing ovaries; who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation; older women with poor egg quality; or women who carry genetic disorders that they don’t want to pass along.

In egg donation, eggs are obtained from an egg donor. These women are screened and have to pass several evaluations in order to qualify.

Once the eggs are harvested, they can either be implanted into your own uterus or into a surrogate.

Don’t Lose Hope

If you have recently seen a fertility doctor and didn’t receive the news you wanted, there’s still hope.

We have helped many couples find the perfect egg donors and assisted them in their journey to grow a family.

So don’t hesitate to contact us. We get it -- we’ve been there. We understand this is a sensitive time and we want to be there for you. Every step of the way.

From A to Zygote: Everything You Need to Know About the Egg Donation Process
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We get it. You’re a little nervous. You want to donate your eggs but aren’t quite sure what to expect. What’s it like? Does it hurt? Will you be able to donate more than once?

Just like anything else in life: knowledge is power. We’re here to give you all the information you need about the egg donation process. That way you can make the most informed decision when it comes to donating your eggs.

Cause we all know, it’s a decision not to be taken lightly.

Step 1: Egg Donor Application

Before anything else, you must apply to be an egg donor. This is best done through a reputable agency.

Once your application is accepted, all egg donors must be screened. You’ll go through a few meetings with our great team at Elevate so we can get to know you. You also get to ask a lot of questions during your consult.

We’ll ask you to fill out a lengthy health history about your family too. This is to make sure you fall within the ASRM guidelines to become a donor. While anyone who wants to donate is a generous woman, there are a specific set of standards and guidelines that decipher who qualifies to be a donor.  There will also be a psychological evaluation over Skype or FaceTime. This is to make sure all egg donors are mentally prepared to donate their eggs to an intended couple.

Egg donation is not for everyone. Only those who have been determined as physically healthy and emotionally sound will be considered for egg donation.

Step 2: Matching

Once your profile has been accepted, we will post it online.

And then we wait.

Intended couples get to choose who they want for their egg donor. Different couples want different traits, so we like to offer a wide variety of candidates.

When a couple selects a donor, we move forward with the egg donation process. Some donors are matched right away, while others wait for a while before being matched with intended parents.

If you find yourself waiting, don’t get discouraged. The perfect match is out there, it just may take to some until they find you.

The psychological evaluation and the genetic assessment is there to offer the intended parents a full look at what health lines run in your family and to make sure you are fully prepared to donate your eggs.

Step 3: Evaluations and Appointments

Once you’ve been matched, you will be asked to go to a top fertility clinic for some blood work and testing. This testing is to make sure that there will be no abnormalities or compatibility issues between your eggs and the intended sperm. What’s great about this process is how much you are going to learn about your own body and your fertility levels. From AMH levels to AFC (you’ll learn what those mean), you will know exactly what your fitness is as a donor.

Depending on where you live, you may be asked to travel at this time. Of course, all travel expenses will be paid for, but you must be willing to keep all medical appointment made from this point on. We make sure it’s a fun trip. We put you in a nice hotel and give you stipends to eat out and have fun!

As you will learn, egg donors are on a strict schedule that correlates with their monthly cycle, clinical appointments, and the intended parent’s schedule. Commitment is a big part of this process, though you should enjoy yourself when traveling.

Step 4: Suppression and Stimulation

After the required genetic testing is done, the egg donor will start daily injections surrounding your menstrual cycle the following month. These injections will first suppress the natural cycle, then later a different medication will be used to stimulate the ovaries. These drugs are all FDA approved and many are naturally occurring in your body.

During a natural cycle, only one egg matures. For egg donor purposes, it is ideal to have many mature eggs for retrieval. Thus the need for ovarian stimulation. During this time, the egg donor must be monitored closely. Blood tests and ultrasounds will be done to make sure the ovaries are responding well. You will be closely monitored and checked for you health and safety.

You may need to clear your schedule for these appointments. Being flexible and available is very important at this stage. However, we can work with your work schedule or schooling schedule. We want to help you perform your cycle at a time that works for you.

Step 5: Egg Retrieval

When the eggs have sufficiently developed, the donor will do some final trigger hormone. A few days later, the eggs will be retrieved during a short in-office procedure.

The donor will be under light sedation (less than getting your wisdom teeth out) and the physician will use an aspiration needs to retrieve the eggs transvaginally. At this point, your eggs will be fertilized and then stored until implantation.

I know, this may should overwhelming, but it is actually a quite easy and painless procedure. It usually takes just 30 minutes! You are encouraged to rest for the rest of the day. You should be back to your normal self in a day or two.

Step 6: Post-Retrieval Checkup

The last and final step for egg donors is a post-retrieval checkup. This is to make sure you are recovering properly from the stimulation and the retrieval.

Our team will stay in touch until we are sure you feeling good and are back to normal life.

Egg Donation Process is Easy as ABC

And there you have it; that’s the egg donation process. It’s pretty straight forward. The only demanding part for an egg donor is the few weeks of injections and the egg retrieval process. But don’t stress, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

If you’re interested in donating your eggs, apply today! You may be the perfect donor that an intended couple is looking for.

What's a Man Got to do? A Step-by-Step Process On Men Having Babies
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Remember 7th-grade biology? Talking about male and female reproductive systems? Remember how your buddies felt awkward talking about sex with a cute girl sitting next to them? But you remember how disappointing and unfair it felt that only hetero couples could create a baby.

At that time, you knew you wanted a family, but you also knew you wouldn’t be with a woman. So, you put your family dreams in your back pocket and hoped for a miracle one day.

As a gay couple, it does take a little more planning for you to have a baby. But, with egg donation, your dream of having your own biological family can be achieved.

Read on to understand the miraculous process of how men having babies can become a reality.

Financially Set

We’re not gonna lie, the process of men having babies can get expensive. As intended parents, it is up to you to cover all the fees associated with the egg donation process. These fees cover a range of mandatory 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.

Find an Agency

A quick google search will show that there are many egg donation agencies out there. The trick is finding a good one.

We suggest finding an agency that has been through the process themselves. They know how vulnerable intended parents feel when they put all their trust into an agency to help them build a family.

Find an agency that has a good reputation, great professional relationships with doctors and clinics, and a great database of donors to choose from. Don't take this decision lightly. Finding the right agency to work with can make or break your egg donor experience.

Men Having Babies Must Choose a Donor

This is the fun part. You get to hand pick the genes for your future babies.  But, before hand-picking your most desired genetic traits, you need to think about what kind of donor agreement you’d like.

Known Donor

This is an open form of egg donation. In the agreement, the intended parents and the egg donor have mutually decided that they will have some sort of relationship. This means they can call or email through the process, discuss certain issues, and allow the donor to even meet the child one day if desired.

Semi-Known Donor

Intended parents and egg donors agree on some sort of limited contact that all parties are comfortable with. Perhaps the intended parents want to talk to the donor once or twice during the process, but other than that, there no exchange of information

Anonymous Donor

With an anonymous egg donor, you will only receive the background information about your donor. The intended parents and the egg donor agree to respect each other’s privacy during the egg cycle and moving forward.

There is no right or wrong answer to what kind of agreement should be made. Think about what you feel most comfortable with, then find a donor who fits into your plan.

Hormone Treatment and Egg Retrieval

Send flowers.

Seriously. For an egg donor, this is a very taxing time both physically and emotionally. Show your donor unwavering support.

Now What?

Once the eggs are retrieved, they are fertilized with the intended couples’ sperm. After a certain amount of time, the eggs are assessed to see which ones have responded well. These fertilized eggs are now called embryos.

Only the best embryos are implanted. Through scientific research, we can predict which embryos have the best chance of making it through a healthy pregnancy.

At this time, you can get either implant into your surrogate right away, or you can store your eggs until you’re ready for a baby.

Time to Become a Daddy

Because of egg donation, men having babies is possible. Now is the time to have that family you’ve been dreaming about. And we’re here to help you every step of the way. So don’t hesitate any longer; let’s find that perfect donor and grow your family.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Egg Donation
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Imagine wanting nothing more than to carry a baby and being told by your doctor that you are not able to conceive due to failed ovulation.

Imagine being married to the love of your life but as a same-sex couple, having a baby on your own isn’t possible.

For many couples, this is their reality. Luckily we live during a time where scientific advancements have been made and modern medicine can step in and help. Egg donation is a complicated process. For it to work, many puzzle pieces have to come together. These pieces include intended parents, professional agencies, and a medical team of doctors, nurses, and specialists.

What’s the missing puzzle piece for a couple to have a baby? An egg donor. Read this guide for the top reasons why you should seriously consider egg donation.

It’s an Opportunity to Help a Couple

We don’t mean to sound cliche, but donating eggs is one of the most selfless acts a woman can do. We understand it’s a heavy decision, but when a woman decides to donate her own eggs to another couple, she is giving them the chance to have a family.

Now, instead of Imagining a couple in a state of grief, imagine them in a house full of tiny fingers and toes; endless giggles; and enormous amounts of love. This is what comes from egg donation: a chance for a beautiful family to grow.

Learn About Yourself

The general population is grossly uneducated when it comes to the female body. In a recent study, almost half of the women didn’t know where their vaginas were. I know, sad. But true. We live in a society where the topic of the female reproductive system is taboo. And we want to change that.

When a woman goes through the process of donating eggs, she will become educated in her own body and hormones. She will understand her own cycles and how amazing the female body is. Egg donors learn how to embrace their femininity and become proud of what the female body can do!

In addition to learning about the female reproductive system, egg donors will also have to have an extensive medical background check. This means that questionnaires will be done on their current health and the health of their relatives.

Learning how to embrace your body and understanding your genetic blueprint? Sounds like a win-win to me.

Become an Advocate

Advocating for egg donation can help other families find the help they need to start their own process. Egg donation is still a fairly new concept. And let’s be honest, the average person may shy away from the idea of using an egg donor.

But that comes from a lack of understanding. As an advocate for egg donation, you can guide other women through the egg donation process, and suggest couples use an egg donor agency to address their fertility issues.

By speaking up for egg donors, you can help others find the answers they are looking for.

Compensation

I mean, we don’t want to focus on the money, but being a donor does come with some financial perks.

By all means, there are other things to consider before signing the dotted line and becoming an egg donor, but the money doesn’t hurt. Many women use this money to pay off school, to get into their own apartment, or to become a little more independent.

And we are the only industry that can honestly say we pay women better than men. The wages are definitely in the woman’s favor this time around.

Egg Donation Makes a Lasting Impact

A woman may only donate her eggs once or twice, but the lasting impact of that is infinite. Imagine doing a good deed that literally lasts a lifetime. A woman’s decision to donate her eggs will bring lasting happiness and fulfillment to a family who will be forever grateful for her sacrifice.

We’re Here to Help

We get it, egg donation is a big decision. We’re here to answer any of your questions and to walk you through the process. We’ll be with you each step of the way.

We have a remarkable team that will make sure you are comfortable and confident in your decision. So let’s get started! You could be that missing puzzle piece for a family waiting for their special baby.

The Ultimate Guide to Egg Donor Qualification
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Any woman who has a desire to donate some of her genetic material to assist a family in need is a generous one. However, there are qualifications to become an egg donor. The journey of conceiving through IVF treatment can be somewhat fragile at times.

In a process that can be costly, intended parents need to set themselves up for the best chances at success possible. This requires a very healthy, young donor who can offer them a good egg yield and hopefully high quality embryos.

So what does it take to become a donor? Here’s a guide on egg donor qualification and what to consider as you apply:

1. Age, Against the Machine

Age is one of the most important qualifiers on our top 5 list for egg donor qualification. The truth is, as a woman ages so do her ovaries. Over the years a woman’s resting follicles will lessen. This doesn’t make her infertile, but it does create potentially less eggs for IVF treatment.

The quality of eggs changes as well as a woman ages. Aging ovaries are part of the beautiful cycle a woman’s anatomy as she grows and changes into maturity. However, for the purposes of donating, we accept donors between the ages of 20-30.

The biological clock of a woman sometimes creates a bit of a race against it. We are here to gay couples and heterosexual couples. We are here to help women who chose to fulfill a major career, wanted children later in life, or can’t get pregnant for whatever reason.

2. BMI, A Major Egg Donor Qualification

A health BMI (body mass index) is another important qualifier. Egg donors should be healthy, and their weight should be within a normal range based on what their height is. Donors that are overweight often don’t produce the egg yields that a set of intended parents might need while trying to conceive through iVF.

All women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, and in this process beauty truly is in the eye of the intended parent or beholder. However, the clinical studies show that overweight women do not offer donations that are as quality or viable as those with a normal height/weight ratio.

3. Health History

A thorough family health history is part of every egg donor profile here at Elevate. A clean health history is an important egg donor qualification. Because the couples going through IVF cycles have already experienced some health issues with fertility, they want to ensure they are setting their future offspring up for health and success.

Now, every donor will most like have some sort of challenging health aspect in their extended family tree. Perhaps an aunt died of cancer or an uncle had some mental health issues. That is okay! We work closely with our genetic counselor to discuss and asses what genes are and are not passed on.

Intended parents are informed of your full health history, and it’s up to them to decide if the match should move forward. If there is a strong line in your family of a certain health issue and the parents who want to enlist you as their donor also have that same line of health history, perhaps they will go with a donor without it. Regardless, you will find the perfect fit.

Transparency is a beautiful thing, and is another egg donor qualification. We offer parents allwe can so they can make sound decisions for their future children.

4. Non-Artificial Intelligence

We love the real deal here at Elevate. Yes, school smarts are important. When couples consider donors, they take a good hard look at the donor’s schooling history and test scores. In a process where people can choose certain things in a donor, they often do.

Many like to create a platform for a child to have a sharp mind and a drive to accomplish great things or move and shake the world. A great setup for many parents is using a donor who has good test scores and is actively engaged in school or have a degree.

Ivy League degrees garner higher compensation rates (and quite frankly, they should do so to help the donor potentially pay down those steep student loans).

However, we also prize social intelligence. In our consults we can quickly learn about the personality of a donor. This goes a long way as we are able to form opinions and write our own blurb about your wonderful self to share with intended parents. As much as intended parents want an accomplished donor, they also love knowing many of our Elevate donors are the kind of fabulous women we love to have a coffee or glass of wine with.

5. Altruistic Aces

Perhaps there are a plethora of reasons you want to donate. That is understandable, as the perks of donating are many. However, one of the biggest egg donor qualification factors are donors with altruistic motives.

At Elevate, we love and prize a donor who’s first priority is to perform a selfless, incomparable act to help other humans on their journey to have a family. We can’t tell you what it means to couples like them who can’t conceive without the help of a generous woman like yourself.

In your application we offer you a time and place to state why you’d like to become a donor. Intended parents love to read these sections and to understand who the donor is and where she is coming from.

An altruistic motive is a great egg donor qualification.

Simply The Best

Elevate donors are rigorously screened. We verify things like test scores and your current education. We are inquisitive about your health history just so we can provide all of the necessary statistics to intended parents.

We receive many submissions at Elevate, and as we carefully comb through the applications- it’s important that you know that we are rooting for you! We want to match any qualified donor who is eager to donate. Because of the strict ASRM guidelines, unfortunately not all will be admitted to do so.

When you are ready for the best experience as you help others do what they can’t on their own, send in your application and a few photos of yourself today.
Let us tailor the journey to you and ensure you are comfortable, satisfied, cared for and compensated well.

Our team will standby you every step of the way.

Matchmaker Matchmaker: Finding the Right Egg Donor For Your Journey
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When I first started my journey to becoming a parent through the beautiful (albeit sometimes challenging) process of IVF treatment, I was overwhelmed. We decided to find our egg donor first as we slowly navigated through unfamiliar waters.

To put it simply: finding a wonderful, generous, and ideally intelligent woman who is willing to part with some of her genetic material to help us build a family wasn’t easy. After viewing 3,500 egg donor profiles, we had found “the one”.

But what matters when looking for a donor? What should be considered and weighed heavily, and what doesn’t matter quite as much? After my own journey and years of helping others through theirs, I’ve created a guide on what I feel I most important when searching for the perfect fit:

1. Trust Your Instincts

You are going to happen upon profiles that don’t get you excited about this process. This has absolutely nothing to do with the lovely woman who is putting herself out there to help others in need. This has everything to do with you, your experience, and how you got here.

Pay special attention to how you feel upon reading an egg donor’s profile and viewing her photos. Does the profile get you excited about the process and creating new life? Or does it make you feel dubious and wonder if the potential child will even look like you guys?

As humans, we came into this world with God-given intuition and instincts. Follow them in this process. Trust your gut and let your heart guide you. I’ve seen it time and time again. Following your instincts will lead to where you are meant to be.

2. Cross Fit 

When on my own journey to find an egg donor, I wanted someone that reflected who my husband and I are. I wanted to hold a donor to the same standards I held myself to when choosing a spouse and creating a family. Perhaps that is too tall of an order, but I wanted her to somehow fit in the puzzle I had created for this life. Whether it was an energy, look, or mind union- I wanted to feel she seamlessly fit in with us.

Enlisting the help of a generous donor means considering everything you can about her. Answers are a big deal on a profile. We wanted to really get a view into who this awesome woman was and learn about why she was donating. Her photos were another big aspect in our search. In a process where you can choose certain physical traits, why not do so?

3. To Cool For Egg Donor School

The truth is, where the donor went to school isn’t as important. Nature vs. nurture is a very real thing and it’s important to keep that in mind during this process. What matters is they completed school or are actively engaged in pursing a degree.

Many donors are incredibly bright, and just because they didn’t go to an Ivy League school does not mean they couldn’t have if their circumstances were a little different.

What matters is what the egg donor is doing with her life and her studies. What does she plan to do in the future? Take a look and how she did on tests, sure. But don’t let that be the ultimate deciding factor in choosing a donor. 

4.  Let’s Get Physical 

There is no shame in wanting a donor with certain physical traits. Perhaps you have a lot of height in your family and you’d like a tall donor. Maybe your husband has brown eyes, but you have blue and would like to increase the chances of your child having blue eyes, too.

You are naturally going to respond to the appearance of some donors more than others. That’s okay. That doesn’t make you shallow. We all like pretty things. What’s beautiful about this life is that everyone’s opinion of what is beautiful is different.

Consider the health history of the donor, too. While the donor will ultimately undergo a substantial genetic assessment, if there are any red flags on her health history make sure and take them into consideration. 

Most donors will have something in their family history that isn’t perfect. Whether it be an aunt or a cousin that had a struggle, keep your mind in check and realize that doesn’t mean much for your own potential offspring. Our incredible genetic counselor can walk you through any of your doubts, too.

Happy Hunting

The hunt for the perfect egg will present its challenges. Finding the right genetic material for you and your journey will take some time, but ultimately will help you build a family. Be patient, take deep breaths, and go swiftly in the direction of a profile you respond to. 

Here at Elevate, we pride ourselves on a tailored, VIP experience throughout your journey. Contact us today with any inquiries on one of our lovely eggs donors or for information about the process.