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.