Becoming an egg donor is in no way like becoming a sperm donor. First of all, you have to be a woman (sorry guys), you have to have impeccable genes, and you have to be willing to undergo surgery. Unlike sperm, eggs are very difficult to donate. Woman only produce a limited number of eggs (a few hundred) and it takes a lot more than spending five minutes in a room with some dirty magazines to get one. However, women get paid a lot more money than a sperm donor for donating one of their eggs, and it is a very noble thing to do.
To meet the criteria required to become an egg donor; you must be between the ages of 21 to 35, You must be the appropriate weight for your height, you and your family must have a flawless medical history, and you must be at low risk for STD’s and drug/alcohol addiction. Of course, being a tall, attractive, and intelligent woman will increase your chances of being accepted, as well.
Next, you will need to locate an infertility clinic. You can do this by asking your gynecologist, or searching on the internet. When you find an infertility clinic near you, make sure everyone working at the clinic is certified. If your gynecologist referred you to the clinic, it is probably a reputable one. Contact the clinic and tell them that you want to become an egg donor. The clinic will then ask you to come in and fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you about your ethnicity, your religious beliefs, your occupation, your hobbies and interest, and everything else you can imagine. Parents are very particular when it comes to picking out their child’s heredity. Saying that Phil Collins is your favorite singer might not disqualify you from becoming a donor, but it might not be what a certain recipient is looking for (just kidding).
You will also have to undergo a complete physical and medical examination. This is to ensure that you are healthy enough to donate an egg, you don’t have any serious illness, and that you are not using drugs. If you pass your physical and medical examination, you will then be asked to sign a donor agreement. After that, the doctors will begin to look for a recipient that is interested in your eggs based on the specific qualities you posses.
Once the clinic has found a match for your eggs, the donation procedure will take about three to four weeks. First, you will have to inject yourself with a chemical called Lupron for seven to ten days. Lupron is a chemical that will suppress your natural cycle. Then you will have to have a transvaginal ultrasound. This is so the clinic can check to see how many eggs you’re producing. You will also have to undergo daily blood tests. When the egg(s) is ready, you will be scheduled for surgery. The surgery to remove your egg(s) should be taken as seriously as any other surgery. The doctors will tell what you need to do to prepare for the surgery.
You can expect to be paid up to several thousands of dollars for your egg donation. After all, you did have to go through surgery to give it up. However, becoming a professional egg donor is probably not a wise career choice. The money is just an added bonus for enduring some tough medical procedures and helping a couple in need.