Anonymous Egg Donation

canstockphoto5062706_SmallApproximately 90 percent of egg donations are given by donors who are anonymous. Unlike the directed egg donor, the anonymous donor and couple receiving the eggs do not know each other.

There are many reasons why anonymous donors go through the rigorous processes involved with the screening, and make the commitment of being a donor. For instance, many women will initially donate because of the financial compensation they receive, but then they continue to donate because of the rewarding experience of helping fulfill another couple’s dream of having a child.

Donor Rights and Responsibilities

Those involved with the many processes that a donor goes through understand the importance and how emotional the experience can be. This is why a caring and dedicated staff is critical throughout the process.

There are many professional, as well as legal rights and responsibilities that a donor has, and with the help of the staff, the donors experience is made as easy as possible.

The rights of a donor include:

  • All donors will receive proper and professional care and services regardless of their color, race, sex, or religious preferences.


  • Every effort is made to ensure effective communication regarding all policies and procedures, and donors will receive all information prior to consenting to all procedures.


  • All steps will be taken to ensure the donors anonymity, as well as confidential information regarding medical history, treatments, and procedures. At any time the donor can review or obtain copies of her records upon a reasonable amount of notice.


  • At any time the donor can discuss any concerns or complaints she may have regarding staff or services performed.

In order to ensure the safety of the procedure and health of the donor, the responsibilities of the donor includes:


  • To disclose accurate and complete information that pertains to any conditions, medications (both prescription and over-the counter), sensitivities, allergies, symptoms, and any other factors that could assist with treatment plans and making any diagnosis.


  • Follow all instructions throughout the procedures to the best of her ability, and immediately notify the physician if there are any changes in her condition.


  • Have reliable transportation to and from the regular appointments and be able to arrive on time. When any surgical procedures are performed, the donor will not be allowed to drive and will require transportation following the procedure.


  • Quickly inform the physician if she disagrees with or does not understand any part of the plan or the instructions that need to be followed.

Legal Issues of Donating Eggs

Each donor is informed and reviews all legal aspects and obligations following the initial screening. This is usually done with a facility attorney, as well as with the donor’s personal attorney if she so chooses. These contracts specify that a donor has no legal claim or recourse to the donated offspring.

The laws in the U.S. vary from state to state, but the majority of states have adopted the “Uniform Parentage Act.” This states that the birth mother of the child is regarded as the child’s rightful mother. There has been no legal grounds to dispute the maternal custody of children that are born from donated eggs in any of the states. After the legal paperwork has been signed and filed, the final steps of the donation process can begin.