What is egg donation?
Egg donation is the process by which a woman donates her oocytes to enable another woman or family to conceive as part of an assisted reproduction treatment (IVF).
Why is egg donation important?
As women get older, their eggs become less viable making it harder to get pregnant and increases the chances of birth defects. Egg donation is also a way for same-sex male couples to have biological child.
What are the differences between open, semi-anonymous, and anonymous donation?
What is the total cost of donating? What is the breakdown of those costs?
Costs vary at the clinic level, but donor expenses through AWED range from $32,000-$38,000. Click here for our Fees and Expenses.
How does our compensation work? Why are we fixed compensation?
Our compensation structure is set up to be transparent and fair to all parties. Each donor starts at $15,000 in compensation. The donor gets an increase to their compensation if they are currently enrolled in or have completed a bachelor’s degree program. If the donor is a proven donor, she receives a $2000 bump in compensation and another $1000 bump for every donation she does for AWED.
How can I access the egg donor database?
Once intended parents have met with the director of AWED for an informational meeting, access to the database will be granted. The first step is to fill out an intake form.
Do I need medical insurance/how does insurance work?
AWED purchases a supplemental insurance policy for the donor on the intended parents behalf. This policy covers the donor during the medication cycle, through the retrieval procedure and for 3 months after.
How does the egg donor database work?
Intended parents will be walked through how to search through the database. The database is fairly intuitive to navigate. One can filter searches by ethnicity and can view donors’ photos, family history, education, and answers to questions regarding personality/interests.
What factors should I consider when choosing an egg donor?
Intended parents tend to look for particular traits and characteristics that are similar to their own. It is helpful to sit down with your partner and discuss what qualities you value most and what qualities you are willing to be more flexible on. Often intended parents go in thinking they want one thing, but end up with a donor completely different than they initially envisioned! Sometimes a donor will just click for whatever reason – maybe you both like scuba diving or you have the same favorite movie. Whatever the reason, follow your heart!
Other factors to consider include location (if you are trying to minimize cost it might be beneficial to look for a donor near you), whether they have donated before, and blood type.
What happens after I select an egg donor?
We will reach out to the donor to check on her availability for the donation. Next steps are:
What is the screening process for AsiaWest’s egg donors?
How long does the whole process take?
The entire egg donation process from selecting your donor to retrieval generally takes about 12-16 weeks. This long timeline is typically due to the medical and legal requirements that the clinics and agencies must adhere to. Medical screening results can take up to 2-4 weeks to receive; legal contracts range from days to weeks to be properly completed, depending on the people involved and how fast they are able to review and sign the paperwork. Scheduling and planning the cycle also takes time and is dependent upon where the donor is in their menstrual cycle, as well as other factors such as the doctor’s schedule or lab availability.
How long until I know if there is a successful pregnancy?
The clinic will discuss this directly with the intended parents. Transfers directly to a recipient are quicker than transfers to a gestational carrier.
What if the donor I want is already matched?
It may be possible for you to reserve the donor’s next match, depending on her personal situation. Reservation requires signed agreements and paid agency fee.
Could the donor decide to back out part way through?
The donor has no legal obligation to move forward with the match until a finalized direct agreement has been reached. However, we do everything we can to prepare our donors about the process and vet them prior to putting them on the database to avoid situations where the donors decide to quit the process before completion.
What if the donor I want falls through?
AWED has a rematch policy that the director will go over with you during the 101 meeting.
What if I want a surrogate as well?
Consider choosing the egg donor first and moving ahead with that cycle since you can get that done even without having the surrogate confirmed (you can always freeze the embryos until you surrogate is ready). Once you are ready for your surrogate, AWED will ensure a smooth and seamless transition into this step due to our close relationship with Northwest Surrogacy Center.