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Building Your Family: How to Find an Egg Donor
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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 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.

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 you are a gay couple or a couple struggling with infertility, there has never been a better time to start your egg donor search. Read on to find out why! 

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 to our partner's smile in our children or to recognize similar mannerisms that we had when we were little. Egg donation allows this to happen for all couples by using the sperm from the father.  

Plus, you’ll be able to handpick your donor. You can choose a donor that has similar traits to you and your partner. 

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.  

At Elevate, we screen all our donors for genetic disorders -- and we pass along that information to our intended parents. You can be confident that you will be able to make the most informed decisions possible when it comes to growing your family. 

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 having. 

Take the first steps today to create the future you really want. We're here to support you every step of the way.