Becoming an Egg Donor

  1. What is egg donation? Egg donation is an act of incredible generosity where your donated eggs can help another person start a family through assisted reproductive technology.
  2. Why are egg donors needed? There are several underlying issues, including infertility, women born without ovaries or whose ovaries have been damaged, and also helping same-sex male couples looking to create their own families.
  3. What are the basic qualifications Fertility Miracles looks for in potential egg donors? Fertility Miracles seeks women between the ages of 20 and 29 with a healthy familial background, and non-smokers.
  4. Is egg donation safe? Yes, egg donation is safe, and the procedure is performed at fertility clinics every day throughout the United States and across the world. The staff at these clinics are professionals dedicated to providing you with the information and care you need during this process.
  5. Will egg donation affect my future fertility? Studies have shown egg donation does not have a direct impact on your future fertility or ability to become pregnant.
  6. Once matched with the intended parent or surrogate, how long does the egg donation cycle last? Upon successful donor match it takes approximately three months to complete the process, which includes a pre-screening, medical tests, syncing your menstrual cycle with that of the recipient through medication, and retrieval.
  7. Will my husband or partner have to be involved in my decision to donate my eggs in any way? Yes, they will be required to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases at the beginning of the screening process.
  8. How does egg donor compensation occur? A donor is compensated for their time and energies put forth for the donation cycle. At Fertility Miracles, donor compensation begins at $7,000 for first-time donors with incremental increases with each donation.
  9. When do I receive my compensation? Donors are given an initial payment at the commencement of the stimulation medication. The balance of the compensation is delivered once a successful egg-retrieval procedure takes place.
  10. As a donor, do I have to pay for any out of pocket expenses? The Intended Parent(s) who receive your eggs are responsible for any expenses that you, the donor, incurs. Expenses, such as food, entertainment, and mileage, will be reimbursed to the donor upon completion of the donor cycle and submission of all receipts from the donor. These fees will also be outlined in the donor agreement.
  11. Will my personal information remain confidential? Yes. All donations remain anonymous and you are protected by the legal contracts that you enter into with the intended parents unless otherwise stated. This question will be also be addressed during the pre-screening process.
  12. Do I need to take time off for the donation process? There could be the need to take off a limited amount of time. For local donors you will be required to miss school or work on the day of the retrieval. Out-of-state donors, who require travel as part of their donation, may be required a five- to seven-day leave of absence from their daily commitments.


Becoming a Surrogate

  1. What is gestational surrogacy? This is when an embryo is created by fertilizing an egg with sperm and then through in vitro fertilization, the embryo is then transferred to the surrogate. Since the gestational carrier is not providing the egg, there is no genetic relationship between the child and the surrogate.
  2. What are the basic qualifications for a surrogate? Fertility Miracles develops relationships with women between the ages of 21 and 42, who have had a successful pregnancy before, are height-and-weight proportionate and who have a healthy lifestyle. 
  3. What is the difference between a gestational surrogate and a traditional surrogate? A gestational surrogate is a woman who becomes pregnant through IVF where the child is not genetically related to her. The egg and sperm can be from the intended parents or donors, or a combination of both. A traditional surrogate is artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm, so she is biologically related to the child. 
  4. Describe the surrogacy matching process? Once you have finalized the profile and screening procedure, your information is provided to potential Intended Parent(s) for review. Meticulous consideration is given to your personal preferences on what type of Intended Parent(s) you are willing to be matched with during this incredible journey. Depending upon the location of the surrogate and the Intended Parent(s) location, a conference call or in-person meeting will be scheduled to decide whether both parties are interested in moving forward.
  5. What are intended parents usually looking for in a surrogate?This is such an individual journey for everyone involved. Intended Parents are often influenced by their own experiences that brought them to this part of their respective journey. If there are any collective factors we see, it’s that they obviously want to engage with a surrogate who is healthy, grounded, lives in a stable environment, and is surrounded by a good support system. And due to the depth of the relationship over the pregnancy, it’s also preferable that the surrogate and Intended Parent(s) simply like each other.
  6. What type of medications will I be required to take?During the fertility treatment cycle, you will take medications both orally and through small injections under the skin. In some instances, you may be required to administer intramuscular injections. Each physician’s office will employ a specific medication protocol. The particular physician’s office that will manage your treatment will explain in detail your medications, their side effects, if any, and what will be expected of you.
  7. How many embryos are usually transferred to the surrogate mother? The doctor’s office, together with the Intended Parent(s) and surrogate will decide how many embryos will be transferred. This will depend on factors, such as, quality of the embryos, the age of the egg provider, and the number of embryos available to transfer. The average number of embryos transferred is from two to four. The goal is to have a single baby.
  8. Will I feel pain during the embryo transfer? For the most part, surrogates feel almost nothing during the transfer procedure. It is painless and only lasts a few minutes.
  9. What level of contact will I have with the intended parents during and after the pregnancy? This will be based off of what you and the Intended Parent(s) agree upon. You can connect via email, phone call, texting, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc. Intended Parent(s) like to be in the know of how you are feeling as of course, how the baby(ies) is feeling.
  10. Will I use my own OB and doctor for this process? After the embryo transfer has occurred, you will continue to see the IVF physician until about 10 weeks of pregnancy. Once you have been monitored until 10 weeks, the IVF physician will then clear you to be seen by your own OB and will continue to see your own OB from then till delivery.
  11. Will I have to pay for medical treatments, medications or travel expenses? All reasonable and necessary expenses that are incurred during the surrogacy cycle will be paid for by the intended parent(s). Examples of these expenses include, but are not limited to; legal fees, psychological evaluation, lost wages, medical appointments/procedures, all medications directly related to the surrogacy cycle, and child-care reimbursements. These items and those not listed are covered in your surrogacy contract, which is reviewed with the attorney who will represent you before you begin the process.
  12. Will I have an attorney who will discuss the surrogacy contract and pre- birth judgment with me? Yes! An attorney will be retained to represent you and guide you through the Surrogacy Contract and Pre-Birth Judgment. The attorney will explain in detail your responsibilities, benefits package, compensation, and the cessation of parental rights. 


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