Egg Donor Reimbursement

Egg Donor ReimbursementThe decision to be an egg donor is an important and time consuming commitment. However, it is rewarding and fulfills the dreams of others who have difficulty or are unable to become pregnant on their own. Infertility is often the result of being born without ovaries, having the ovaries removed for medical reasons, genetic conditions, or because of poor quality of eggs.

No matter what the reason is for needing the eggs of a donor, it can be an emotional process for everyone involved. Once a woman decides to take on the responsibility of becoming a donor, she begins a time consuming and sometimes frustrating journey. A donor not only experiences the reward and satisfaction of knowing she helped complete a family, but she can also be financially reimbursed for her part in the procedure. With the many steps and commitment involved with donating eggs, it’s easy to see why donors receive a financial reimbursement.

Initial Steps for Donating Eggs

With the amount of time and potential discomfort involved in the process of donating eggs, there are several steps and procedures used to insure the health, safety, and well-being of the donor and recipient. The steps involved in becoming an egg donor include:

  • Application– In order to verify that a possible donor meets the basic criteria, they must first submit an application that includes personal information, as well as medical history. The information is then reviewed, and if the application is accepted the applicant is approved for the next step of screening.

 

  • Medical Evaluation– For the evaluation the possible donor will undergo a physical exam, blood test, and cervical cultures. This is to screen for inheritable diseases, hepatitis A, B, or C, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV (AIDS).

 

  • Psychological Evaluation– After passing the medical portion of the evaluation, the next step is being psychologically evaluated. This is to inform and discuss with the donor the many psychological aspects that can be involved with donating eggs, and it also includes a psychological test, which is generally administered on computer.

Once the donor meets all the requirements the donation process can begin. The donor self-injects medication on a daily basis, receives regular monitoring of her health, as well as assessment of the growth and development of the eggs. When the eggs have matured, they are then retrieved and the donor can return home just several hours following the procedure. The donation process is completed after the final exam, which is scheduled two weeks following the procedure. Generally, the donor is reimbursed either following the egg retrieval, or after the final exam.

Expenses and Reimbursement for Time and Effort

Egg Donor Reimbursement

Throughout the entire process of donating eggs, all medical expenses are covered, as well as attorney fees, donor insurance, travel expenses, and in some cases hotel accommodations, airfare, and a per diem. The amount of financial reimbursement usually varies with each case, but can range from $5,000 to $ 10,000 in some cases.

While many of the donors initially donate because of the reimbursement, a woman often returns once she realizes the amazing impact she has on the lives of another couple. The full amount that a donor receives is reported to the IRS for each tax year they donated. It is generally the responsibility of the donor to pay the taxes that are due.

When considering an egg donor agency, we understand egg donor compensation can be a factor to consider.  The fee paid to you as an egg donor is for the time, effort and inconvenience the donor incurs during the treatment  cycle.  At the Colorado Center for Egg donation we hope is that, in turn for doing something potentially wonderful for another person or family – the donor will realize the best part of the donation was helping another family realize their dreams of parenthood and not the compensation.

The Colorado Center for Egg Donation strictly adheres to the guidelines as established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine which state egg donor compensation of more than $10,000 is unethical.  We compensate egg donors  at  the Colorado Center for Egg Donation with reimbursements of anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000.  We strongly recommend if  compensation is the sole motivation for becoming an egg donor, you should reconsider your decision to donate.