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The best gift
a woman can give to another

We Care about you!

Oshun Fertility cares about our donors. Your sacrifice provides hope for so many who thought parenthood was a distant dream. We are committed to making sure that your experience is a positive one.

You are not alone!

During the process you will have access to one of our Program Coordinators, who will serve as as Advocates and resources for you. Most of our Coordinators were once Egg Donors and have an intimate understanding of the process and the journey that you will embark.



First Determine If You Qualify to Donate

Requirements to Become An Egg Donor In Our Program

Below are the requirements for Egg Donor eligibility.
All egg donors must:

  • Must be a healthy female between the age of 21-29
  • Must have a good personal & family health history
  • Non-smoker
  • Within 20-30 lbs. of your “ideal” weight or a BMI of < 30% (check with this BMI Calculator)
  • No personal history of drug abuse
  • No personal or family history of clinically diagnosed alcohol abuse
  • No personal or family history of clinically diagnosed depression
  • No personal or family history of endometriosis, multiple miscarriages or PCOS
  • No personal or family history of ovarian, breast, colon or pancreatic cancer
  • Must not have any genetic, chronic or communicable diseases
  • ASRM guidelines allow egg donors a maximum of 6 donations
  • Must not have had any tattoos in the last 12 months; if recent Piercings must have been done in a licensed pallor with sterile instruments

Donors must also be willing to:
  • Travel 6 to 12 days (all expenses paid by recipient), if donor agrees to a travel donation (local donations also available)
  • Must be willing to refrain from sexual intercourse while on medications
  • Must be willing to enter into a legal agreement upon being selected (will have your own attorney)
  • Must be able to self-administer daily hormone medication injections
  • You will undergo frequent morning monitoring appointments, including blood tests & trans-vaginal ultrasounds

The Next Steps

After a Match
Step 1
Completing Preliminary & Medical History Applications
After you have completed the Preliminary Online Screening Application and met the initial qualifications to become an egg donor, the next step is to complete your Online Medical History Form and submit 5-10 photos of yourself. Please include the following photos:
  • 2-3 recent close-up face photos,
  • 2-3 recent full-length photos
  • 1 childhood photo
  • 1 adolescent or teen photo and a Family photo (optional)

Upon receipt of your completed online Preliminary Application and completed Medical History Form, you will complete a telephone or in-person consultation with one of our qualified Program Coordinators. Our Program Coordinator will review your application with you, walk you through the process, discuss your schedule and the commitment required to be an Egg Donor, and review current potential matches.

Step 2
Getting Matched
The process of matching can happen immediately or take several months depending upon the current needs of our Prospective Parents. Our agency currently has a waiting list for college educated women of all African and Hispanic descent including, African American, Nigerian, Mexican, Dominican, Guyanese, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Caribbean, Kenyan, Ghanian, Columbian, Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian, Liberian, Bajan, Venezuealan, Brazilian, and more...
Step 3
Sign an Agency Egg Donation Match Agreement
What Happens When You Are Matched with A Recipient Couple? Upon confirmation of your Egg Donation Match, you will sign a Match Agreement outlining all the details of your Egg Donation match including name and location of clinic, estimated time frame of the Egg Donation Process, Responsibilities, Medical Compliance and agreed compensation to be received upon retrieval. You will be asked to review the match agreement, discuss any question or concern you may have, sign and return within 48 hours. Your Egg Donation Match will not be fully confirmed until our agency has received this signed agreement.
Step 4
Initial Consultation & Medical Screening
Your Program Coordinator will arrange your initial consultation with the Physician (Reproductive Endocrinologist, R.E.) and the Nurse Coordinator of the designated IVF Clinic. The medical process, the side effects and risks and all your questions will be discussed so you have a clear picture of the medical process of egg donation.
You will be instructed to contact both our agency and your assigned IVF clinic on day one (1) of your menses (period) to set up an appointment for blood work and possibly an ultrasound to take place on day 2, 3 or 4. (Medical protocol varies slightly with each clinic). It is considered to be day (1) when you are experiencing a full, bright red flow before 5:00 P.M; not spotting. You will then complete your medical testing which involves a physical examination, psychological testing, blood tests, and genetic screening. You will begin your donation cycle once all your test results return favorable. This should take about 2 weeks. The entire process typically takes about 1-2 months once you are confirmed matched with a Recipient.
Step 5
Donor Agreement
Upon successful completion of all your tests, the clinic will issue medical clearance which confirms that you are ready to begin your injectable medication and monitoring appointments. You will be referred to an attorney whom will review and represent you in the signing of your Donor Agreement with your Recipients. All egg donations are anonymous unless both Donor and her Recipient agree in writing to complete a Known Egg Donation. The Donor Agreement will legally state that the Intended Parent Recipient(s) is responsible for paying for all medical and travel expenses directly related to the Egg Donation Process. The Donor Agreement will also state that the Donors eggs belong solely to the Recipient(s) upon retrieval. For most donation cycles, you will be advanced $1000 of your total compensation upon injection start.
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The Medical Process of Your Donation Cycle

Step 6
Commencement of Your Medical Donation Cycle
(about two weeks)
A. Follicular Development During the medical process, multiple eggs will be retrieved in order to increase the chance of success with egg donation. You will be treated with injectable fertility medications that stimulate the development of a number of eggs. These medications have been used for over 20 years and are the same drugs used by infertile women undergoing IVF. You will receive these medications and all medical care free of charge, along with detailed information and instructions. You will be taught to give yourself the injections--and it's not as hard as you might think.

B. Monitoring Your Cycle The medical portion of the donation cycle usually takes about two weeks. During those two weeks, you will make early morning visits for blood tests and ultrasounds. These visits usually last 15 - 30 minutes and are typically scheduled between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Each clinic varies slightly but you will be able to schedule a time in the morning that fits your daily routine. This frequent monitoring by trained professionals is what makes the process of Egg Donation medically safe and a wonderful gift to an infertile couple. This daily monitoring allows the clinic to adjust the dose of medication that you take each day and is important for your safety as well as the success of the program. You will monitor with the designated IVF Clinic if you are local. For travel donations, all travel arrangements will be arranged for you to monitor with an IVF clinic close to your residence for the first 5-7 days of your injections and then you will be provided travel to the city of the designated IVF center for the remaining 5-9 days of your donation cycle. All travel expenses for you and a companion of your choice are provided and there is no cost or expense to you the Donor what-so-ever.
Step 7
The Egg Retrieval and Compensation
The Retrieval Process Egg Retrieval will typically take place within 7-14 days after you start your injections, you will be ready for egg retrieval. On the day of your retrieval, you will be advised by the designated IVF clinic to cancel all work, school and activities so you may rest and recover for the remainder of that day. You will sleep during the procedure (an anesthesiologist will give you IV sedation), and you will not feel pain.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes. The doctor doing the retrieval uses ultrasound to see exactly where the eggs are. He or she uses a small needle, directed by the ultrasound, to take the eggs from the ovary. There are no incisions or stitches involved. After the procedure is complete, you will be taken to the general recovery room for approximately 45-60 minutes. Because you will have received IV sedation, you will need a friend or family member to escort you home.

Side Effects & Risks of Egg Donation

During the cycle, you may experience mild side effects including tenderness in the breasts or ovaries, fluid retention, and moodiness. After the retrieval, these can take up to two weeks to disappear completely.
As with any procedure, there are risks to egg donation. Serious risks are rare and less than 2-3 % and may include hyperstimulation syndrome, ovarian torsion (twisting), infection, and bleeding. These are avoidable and will be discussed in detail during your consultation with the physician. All of your medical questions and concerns must be discussed with the designated IVF Center as they are the medical experts. Occasionally donors experience ambivalence or uncertainty during or after the cycle. Our psychologists are available at any time to offer emotional support. Most donors, however, experience personal satisfaction from the donation process.




Guidelines to Follow

While Completing Your Donation Process

DO´s

  • Eat a healthy well balanced diet
  • Take a daily prenatal or multivitamin
  • Consult IVF Clinic regarding allowable exercise regiment
  • Confirm all medications with IVF Clinic – some IVF Clinics will allow you to use only Tylenol or Sudafed, (no ibuprofen/Advil)
  • Keep pulse rate below 140bpm (beats per minute)
  • Report fevers to your clinic

DON´Ts

  • Do not try any weight loss programs
  • Do not use any diet or herbal pills/remedies without first consulting the designated IVF Clinic
  • Do not drink alcohol as mandated by the designated IVF clinic
  • No intercourse until after period starts as mandated by the designated IVF clinic
  • Do not use Ibuprofen/Advil, OTC or prescription medication without first consulting the designated IVF Clinic
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities that will twist your body or raise your heart rate above 140bpm without first consulting the designated IVF Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Egg Donors are the heartbeat of our organization.
We treat the Egg Donors in our program with the utmost care and guidance. We work with Safe, State Licensed, FDA Approved IVF Clinics and Physicians.
We keep it safe and simple.

The information that you provide when you become an egg donor is strictly anonymous and confidential. The Intended Parents will identify your anonymous profile with an assigned ID and will not view your name or contact information. Intended Parents will view the following portions of your Donor application in order to connect with you and select you as their Donor: Photos, Physical Features, Education, Test Scores, Family History, Medical History, Questions about your Personality, Reproductive Health and Awards & Accomplishments. Intended Parents will often request results of prior egg donations so if you area prior Donor, please list number of eggs retrieved, embryos fertilized and confirmed pregnancies (if you have that information). As an egg donor, you may also be provided general and non-identifying information about the Intended Parent(s).
Egg Donors are usually women between the ages of 21 and 32 and are in good health, both mentally and physically. Family health history will be considered during both the screening and matching process.
Our Case Managers will review your application within 48 hours and let you know if you meet the basic requirements to give the wonderful gift of Egg Donation. If you qualify to donate, we’ll invite you to schedule an initial consultation where we’ll discuss the egg donation process, how it works and potential matches currently available to you with offered compensation. We will answer your questions!
Donors through our program remain Anonymous and do not meet or speak with Intended Parents. Your identity and information remains confidential. Our agency does work with a few Intended Parents who request to meet their Donor or have any potential offspring meet their selected Donor once they reach the age of 18. Let our agency know in writing if you are interested or comfortable with this scenario. Otherwise, you will be an anonymous Egg Donor and will not be required to meet with or speak to an Intended Parent.
The optimum fertility age is between 18 and 32 years old. We start the age range for egg donation at 21 since we believe that at this age, the individual is mature enough to make responsible decisions such as choosing to donate eggs. In order to maximize the chances for the recipient to conceive, we do not accept egg donors older than 29. However, you are eligible to become a Surrogate Mother and help a wonderful couple become parents. Compensation for a Surrogate Mother typically starts at $25,000-$30,000 and increases with experience.
Yes! We are always able to work with you to schedule a donation cycle that fits your time constraints.
The compensation for completion of an egg donation cycle ranges from is $8,000-$15,000, more for Donors of exceptionally academic and athletic achievement.
While the egg donor’s physical profile and medical history is given to the recipient, no information that would reveal your identity is disclosed.
DFS has recently started showing Recipients photo’s where the Donor is comfortable signing a consent to do so. Your photo will only be shown if you sign the release form authorizing it.
Although some centers urge and allow egg donors to meet the recipient couple, DFS does not encourage or require such a meeting. In fact, all the information you provide to us, aside from matching attributes, will be kept confidential.
The information that you provide to us when you become an egg donor is strictly anonymous and confidential. We will never disclose any identifying information about you to any of the potential matches. You are solely identified as the match for a particular couple based on your physical attributes, such as nationality, eye color, hair color, height, and weight. As an egg donor, you also will not be given any information about the recipient couple and whether the cycle resulted in a pregnancy.
You may experience some mild lower abdominal discomfort while on the medications. During the retrieval, you will be completely asleep for about 15 minutes. After the retrieval, you may have mild to moderate pelvic discomfort or bloating for 24-72 hours. During this time, you may take over the counter pain medications. If these are not effective, you should contact a nurse at DFS.
Some egg donors may experience mild side effects during their cycle, such as mood swings, breast tenderness, or fluid retention. There are rare risks associated with the egg retrieval procedure, which your ovum donation team will discuss with you during your consultation.
Since the process of Egg Donation in humans has been in existence for more than 25 years many research studies have been commissioned to determine if there is any potential negative impact on a Donor’s future fertility. No research has ever proven this to be the case. To the best of our knowledge, an uncomplicated donor cycle should not affect your future ability to have children.
The commitment to 1 egg donation cycle may take several months to complete. Remember, an egg donor must be psychologically, genetically, and physically screened in the first phase. This screening may be completed over the course of the first month. After the screening process is complete, the egg donor’s cycle is synchronized to the recipient’s menstrual cycle, and the eggs are retrieved the following month.
This is a routine physical exam of the heart, lungs, abdomen, and pelvis. Tests performed at the time of the exam include a Pap smear and cervical cultures. A trans-vaginal ultrasound is done to view your uterus and ovaries and help the physician determine the proper dose of fertility medications to give to you during the cycle. A probe is placed in the vagina to give the optimal view of the pelvis. The ultrasound study is brief and causes less discomfort than a standard speculum exam.
Questions that will be asked by our psychologist relate to your reasons for wanting to be a donor and how you feel about sharing your genetics with another individual (offspring of the recipient) that you may never know. In addition, the psychological interview is designed to help you determine if egg donation is right for you.
The amount of times that one can donate eggs may vary. Some egg donors are willing to consider more than one cycle, while others donate only once. ASRM (The American Society for Reproductive Medicine) maintains that an egg donor can donate up until 5-6 times during her lifetime and, as the governing body for reproductive medical practices, DFS supports that policy.
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