Find out what you need to know with our egg donation and egg donor FAQs
Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor with Egg Donor Cryobank Network (EDCB). Our team wants you to feel confident about your decision to become an egg donor with our frozen egg bank network. To help you make this important decision, we have compiled a list of common egg donor FAQs.
If you review this list and still have questions, we encourage you to contact us. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to give you more information so you can make an informed decision about egg donation.
Question: What is EDCB?
EDCB is a frozen egg bank network that recruits egg donors and matches them with hopeful parents. Since we are not a clinic, you will not undergo any medical procedures in our offices. Instead, you will visit one of our affiliated IVF clinics
in New York City, Virginia or Los Angeles, or a referral clinic for screening and egg retrieval.
Question: Who is a good candidate for egg donation?
This is one of the most common egg donor FAQs. Generally speaking, EDCB wants egg donors who are healthy women, between the ages of 20 and 29, who are willing and able to fulfill the responsibilities of egg donation. If you meet these requirements, please fill out our Egg Donor Screening Form
to apply. We will review your answers and contact you within a few days.
Keep in mind that EDCB encourages diversity because our hopeful parents come from a variety of backgrounds. These couples and individuals are seeking donors who share their ethnicity, appearance and intelligence levels.
Question: Who needs my eggs?
Answer: Our frozen egg bank network helps straight and gay individuals and couples. Many hopeful parents have spent thousands of dollars and several years trying to have a baby. When you donate your eggs, you can make their dreams of parenthood come true.
Question: Who will see my profile? Will the hopeful parents know my identity?
Answer: EDCB respects your privacy, so only our clients, our staff and physicians and nurses can see your egg donor profile, which only displays your photos and basic information. We will never disclose information that could reveal your identity.
Question: How long is an egg donation cycle?
Once we approve your application, you will visit our affiliated centers for an interview and screening. This appointment will only take a few hours, but the results from your screening will take about three weeks to come back.
The entire process takes four to six weeks, while the egg donation cycle takes about three weeks. During this time, you will need to attend six to eight short monitoring appointments. You will also need to take a day off for the egg retrieval procedure. You will be placed under light anesthesia during this 30-minute procedure and you can return home the same day.
Question: Does egg donation hurt?
Some women experience bloating and irritability while taking the medications for ovarian stimulation
. You will be sedated during egg retrieval. After the procedure, you may feel tired from the sedation. You may also have light bleeding or mild cramping for up to one week.
Question: Will I use up my eggs by being an egg donor?
Answer: No worries! Each month, your ovaries produce several eggs. However, your body only ovulates one of them, and it absorbs the rest. When you become an egg donor, you will take medications to preserve your excess eggs that would have been absorbed naturally.
Question: How many times – and how often – can I donate my eggs?
Answer: You can donate more than once, but the American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that you donate your eggs no more than six times and that you wait two to three months between each donation.
Question: I want to donate my eggs, but I can’t do it now. Should I still apply?
Answer: Absolutely! You can fill out an application now, even if you can’t donate for several months. We can qualify you now – and then begin the egg donation process when it is convenient for you. That’s one of the advantages of working with our frozen egg bank network.
Question: Can I donate if I have an IUD? What about if I’ve recently had a baby?
Answer: Yes! If you have an IUD, you may even be able to keep it in place during the egg donation process. If you’ve recently had a baby, you can donate your eggs, as long as you’ve finished breastfeeding.
Question: Do I need to live near one of your offices?
Answer: Not at all! EDCB works with egg donors from all around the country, regardless of their proximity to our offices.
Question: Will I receive compensation as an egg donor? Is this compensation taxable?
One of the most common egg donor FAQs relates to compensation
. Our frozen egg bank network provides fair and appropriate compensation to egg donors. Compensation for first-time egg donors starts at $4,000, and it increases for each subsequent cycle. Our frozen egg bank network will send you a Form 1099 that you will need to file with your taxes.
Do you have other questions that weren’t answered in our egg donor FAQs? Contact EDCB today to get the answers you need about egg donation.