Egg Donor Program Introduction
Congratulations! You are taking the first step in creating a miracle. How often do you get to be a part of something so spectacular? This job could be one of the most wonder-filled and cherished experiences you have in your lifetime. We invite you to embark on this rewarding journey with us at Fertility Bridges. We lovingly build bridges between hopeful parents dreaming of a child with egg donors offering the gift of life.
We feel honored and blessed to help tiny new spirits arrive into adoring families through the generosity of caring egg donors. Please watch our 3 brief introductory video below to learn more about our program.
If you are ready start the 1st stage of the application process to become part of the Fertility Bridges Egg Donor Program and help us match you potential families longing for a child, simply send an email to:
In your email let us know why you want to donate your eggs. Include the following:
If you are ready to learn more about our program and want to fill out the 2nd stage of our application in advance, then read below and fill out the form at the bottom of this web page and save your work when finished.
Egg Donor Fee: Up to $10,000 + expenses
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine ASRM recommends a payment range of $5,000 – $10,000 for egg donors. We strive to stay within their guidelines, though we are happy to discuss alternatives for proven donors.
We allow our egg donors to set their own fees to remain competitive. There are usually more Egg Donors than Intended Parents so the Egg Donor’s fee amount will affect their likelihood of a match.
New Donors should plan to charge between $3,500 to $7,000 for their first donation since it is uncertain if they will be a successful donor or not.
Repeat Egg Donors with a Bachelor’s Degree average $10,000 for their egg donor fee. Repeat Donors with an Associate’s Degree average $8,000.
Since many Intended Parents prefer to work with repeat donors, we recommend lowering your fee if you are a first time donor to help secure your first match. You can then raise your fee after a successful egg retrieval, if you plan to do it again.
Travel & Expenses: You may reside anywhere in the world to become an Egg Donor as long as you are available for 10 days in a row during the retrieval week and for a day for the initial appointment. You would travel to the city where the IVF clinic of the Intended Parents is located. You should expect to be away from home 7-10 days total (though this might vary and could be 14+ days in unusual circumstances). Of course all of your travel expenses and medical costs would be paid by the Intended Parents in addition to your negotiated egg donation fee.
Occasionally when a donor can not travel we will try to match them with a local donor cycle if they are located within the U.S.
What is egg donation?
Egg donation is the process by which one woman (an egg donor) donates her extra ova, or eggs, so that an infertile couple may have a child. This does not involve the actual removal or donation of the ovaries; it simply means that doctors will extract extra egg cells from the woman’s ovaries. She should have more than plenty of eggs left over for the rest of her life to create her own family since women are born with nearly a million eggs.
How many eggs does a woman have?
The ovaries are magnificent glands which are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond and sit just above the fallopian tubes — one ovary on each side of the uterus. Every month during ovulation, either the right or left ovary produces a single mature egg for fertilization.
When a baby girl is born, she already has about 1,000,000 ovarian follicles. Each ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. During childhood, approximately half of ovarian follicles are absorbed by the body. By the time a girl reached puberty and her menstrual cycle begins, about 400,000 ovarian follicles are left to develop into mature eggs.
What does the egg donation involve?
To begin with, you will be injected with a drug that will inhibit your natural menstrual cycles. The doctor will use this to synchronize your menstrual cycle with that of the recipient. Once the cycles are in synch, you will begin injections of a drug which will stimulate your ovaries to make extra eggs. This typically lasts 4-7 days. Your ovaries will be examined using ultrasound, and blood tests will be given to check your hormone levels.
Once your ovarian follicles (that produce eggs) have matured, you will receive one more injection (human chorionic gonadotrophin). A few days later, the doctor will extract eggs from your ovaries (usually using a syringe-like instrument) while you are sedated. The average cycle for this process, from the initial injection to the actual withdrawal of the eggs, is about 3 to 5 weeks depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle when you start.
How many eggs will the doctor extract?
It depends how well the woman responds to the follicle stimulation drugs. Good numbers from healthy responsive women would range between 12-18 eggs. Remember, she has hundreds of thousands of ovarian follicles left to make eggs. The fertility doctor will then fertilize these eggs to make embryos. Only a percentage of these extracted eggs will fertilize optimally and then be implanted in the woman’s uterus with the hopes to become the future child or children.
Are there any risks?
With any medical procedure or the use of medicinal drugs there is always a risk. It is very important that you discuss egg donation with a licensed medical professional who specializes in egg donation and can explain all the potential risks with you. If you decide to undergo the medical procedure for donating your egg, you should do so with extreme caution and have assessed all the facts and risks beforehand. Since Fertility Bridges is not a medical establishment we can not provide medical advice nor outline the risks in an accurate way.
What is required of the egg donors you choose?
Egg donor candidate should ideally be between 21-28 years old and be college educated. They should be in an excellent health and have no history of health problems that need recurring treatment. They should be non-smokers, drink rarely, and not be at very stressful times of her lives because they may not respond well to the egg stimulation.
Ideally egg donor candidate should be able to exhibit a high level of intelligence, whether it is from an IQ test, an SAT score or college grades.
Most Intended Parents understand that intelligence is measured in many ways and not just by quantitative analysis. Therefore, emotional intelligence, as well as artistic and physical intelligence that comes from high achievement in the arts or sports, is also considered.
May I register with other Egg Donor Databases?
Because we spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money on the Egg Donors in our database, everyone is very valuable to us and we prefer you do not register with other databases. It makes it extremely difficult for us to schedule you for donor cycles if you are working with other agencies and we will likely remove you from our database.
When was Fertility Bridges founded?
Where is Fertility Bridges located?
We have an office in Chicago, though we are not constrained by our physical location since our Internet Database and our Online Service is available to clients around the world.
Where are Fertility Bridges’ clients located?
We have clients in almost every State in the United States and International, including: Canada, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Tokyo, and India.
How may clients does Fertility Bridges have?
We have thousands of Intended Parents who have signed up to view our Egg Donor and Surrogate Databases over the last several years. In our Database we have over 300+ Donors residing in 37 of the U.S. States, and 85 Gestational Surrogates from across the U.S.
How many IVF clinics has Fertility Bridges worked with?
Fertility Bridges has worked with 40+ IVF clinics in the United States and Internationally. Here is a partial list:
Dear Potential Egg Donor,
We at Fertility Bridges congratulate you at taking the first step in becoming an Egg Donor. Many Donors have told us that their participation in helping create the miracle of life is the single most rewarding thing they have ever done. Intended Parents don’t have enough words to express their gratitude to these amazing heart-felt women for helping them have the baby of their dreams.
To assist in the creation of life is truly a miracle indeed and your amazing gift will be remembered forever. To complete the application for our Donor Program, please fill out our online application form below. If you can’t see below, please email us at email@example.com and we will send you the application.
We thank you for your interest in our program.
The Fertility Bridges Team