Be compensated up to $7,000 for Completing a Donation Cycle with SRM
We appreciate your interest in becoming an egg donor and participating in one of the most profound experiences many couples and individuals will ever have. Providing someone with the chance to become a parent is an amazing and rewarding feeling. Recipients who receive help through egg donations are truly grateful. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. You will receive compensation for your time and commitment, and you will not be responsible for any medical costs related to the screening process or egg donation cycle.
We are accepting donor applications at our clinic locations in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, and Spokane.
Who can become an egg donor at SRM?
Egg donors are women just like you – successful, well-educated, and committed to helping another family achieve their dream of parenthood.
Egg donor criteria includes:
- Between the ages of 21 and 32
- Has a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
- Has a BMI between 18 and 30
- Does not use nicotine products and does not do recreational drugs
Egg Donor FAQ
How do I apply to be an egg donor?
Potential egg donors start the application process by filling out an online prescreening questionnaire which can be found here. This preliminary questionnaire allows us to review your basic information along with general health and lifestyle questions to see if you qualify as a candidate for egg donation.
If your prescreening questionnaire is approved by our team, you will receive access to the full online application that includes more detailed questions regarding personal and family health history. After the full application is complete, our team will review it to decide if you are approved and able to begin the screening process for egg donation.
Can I be on birth control while being an egg donor?
Yes. If you have an IUD, the patch, vaginal ring or use any form of oral contraception, you can become an egg donor at any time. However, if you currently use the arm implant or injection as contraception you will need to stop that method before you come in for your first in-clinic screening appointment. If you have an arm implant or have had an injection recently, you are more than welcome to still apply to be an egg donor and a member of our team will discuss your specific next steps with you.
How long does the screening and donation process take?
This answer is different for every egg donor depending on the donor’s availability. For most donors, the screening can be completed with just two visits. Whether your schedule is jam-packed or you have completely open availability, our Donor Liaisons do their very best to work with you when scheduling appointments.
Because SRM is part of a larger egg bank database called MyEggBank, our donors do not have to wait to be matched with a recipient before they cycle. Once you are approved for egg donation, you can donate as soon as you choose.
The screening and donation process looks like this:
- Genetic Counseling: 30 minute phone consult with our genetic counselor to discuss family medical history
- Clinic Visit 1: medical history review, physical exam, blood work and fertility assessment
- Clinic Visit 2: personality assessment, and meet with a SRM Mental Health Professional to discuss psychosocial aspects of egg donation
- Once your profile is complete, there is a short planning period in which you will work with one of our Donor Nurses to plan out your cycle based on when you are ready to begin along with the timing of your next period (in some cases, we may put our donors on birth control pills for planning purposes with the lab calendar).
- Medications and Monitoring: Medications will be delivered to your home. On average, you will take shots for approximately 10 days and during this time you may have 4 quick ultrasound and blood draw appointments to monitor when your eggs are ready to be retrieved.
- The egg retrieval procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes approximately 20 minutes. Because of the anesthesia, you will not be able to drive, go back to work, or operate machinery for the rest of the day. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home on the day of your egg retrieval. You can expect to resume normal activities the following day.
- Complete egg donation cycle and receive compensation
If eligible, you may return for repeat donation(s).
What are the benefits of being an egg donor at SRM?
Your decision to become an egg donor is a generous gift. You will be compensated $7,000 after each donation cycle for your time and commitment. We will partially compensate you for your time if the recipient and/or SRM cancels after you have started medication, however there is no compensation if you withdraw from the donor program.
There are specific benefits for donors who cycle multiple times here at SRM, although it is important to remember that all donors must be approved to cycle again after each donation. Those returning benefits include, 25% off egg freezing cycle of your own, 25% off future fertility services if ever needed and the option to keep 6 frozen eggs in storage at SRM free of charge for up to 5 years with your 4th and any subsequent cycle.
What are the potential risks of egg donation?
Risks are usually minimal and may include bloating, breast tenderness, and mood changes. Ovarian hyperstimulation is now very unlikely given new protocols for stimulation. Like all procedures, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, or damage to a surrounding structure but that is rare. Other risks such as adnexal torsion (ovarian twisting) or cyst formation with possible rupture are also rare, less than 1%.
Activity restrictions include no heavy lifting or high impact activities (i.e. running/jumping) from the start of injections until after the next period. To avoid pregnancy, abstain from intercourse during the cycle and until the next period. Use back-up contraception in addition to current contraception for one month following the retrieval procedure.