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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!

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

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

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

First Things First

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

  • Applying with our agency

  • Being accepted as a donor

  • Creating a profile to be featured on our website

  • Being matched with intended parents

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

Egg Donor Screening Process

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

Medical Screening

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

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

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

Fertility Screening

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

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

Genetic Screening

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

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

Psychological Screening

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

How to Prepare for Your Egg Donor Screening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We'll Take Care of You

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Don’t Rush

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

Get on the Same Page

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

Timing is Everything

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

Financially Set

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

2. Know What You’re Looking For

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

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

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

3. Consider Your Relationship to the Donor

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

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

Men Having Babies

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

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

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

All things we regularly donate to help those around us. 

But what does it mean to donate eggs? 

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

1. Egg Donation is Highly Regulated

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

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

These screenings address issues such as 

  • Travel to and from a Zika-infected country

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

  • History of STDs

  • Any Drug Use

  • The regularity of Menstrual Cycles

  • Medical history

  • Mental Illness

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

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

2. It Takes Time to Get Matched

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

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

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

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

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

Other signs of a good agency include:

  • Partnerships with the best fertility clinics

  • A quality database of donors

  • Rigorous screening process

  • Competitive compensation

  • Personal experience

4. All Kinds of Donors are Needed

Ivy league college degree. 

Athletic scholarship.

Accomplished musician. 

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

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

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

5. Donating Eggs Takes 30 Minutes

Ok, let’s clarify. 

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

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

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

6. Egg Donation Doesn’t Have to Be Anonymous

Unless of course, you want it to be. 

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

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

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

7. It’s Not All About the Money

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

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

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

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

Donating Eggs Explained

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

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

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.