Become an Egg Donor in Chattanooga
$4,000 compensation for women who meet requirements to donate eggs
Tennessee Reproductive Medicine welcomes qualified women to participate in our in-house egg donation program. The program requirements and important things to consider before applying are covered below.
Not all women will produce an egg that will result in pregnancy due to infertility caused by age, diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis or for unexplained reasons. For these women, donor eggs are an excellent option for attempting pregnancy. Donor eggs are also essential for gay male and other LGBT couples to have children.
When any couple or individual uses donated eggs, they will be fertilized through in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create an embryo that is implanted in the woman or in a gestational carrier to achieve pregnancy.
How your choice helps others
Take a look at egg donation from the recipient’s perspective.
Egg donation has a high chance of resulting in a live birth and offers the woman the chance to carry and deliver a baby. It also may allow the woman to have a baby that is genetically related to her partner. Egg donation also affords gay parents, who can provide sperm for fertilization, the opportunity to be involved with and support the gestational carrier delivering a baby for them.
Please read the information that follows about becoming an egg donor and helping others become parents who otherwise could not.
Things to consider before deciding to become an egg donor
When a woman first thinks about becoming an egg donor, she may not know what it entails, beyond helping an infertile couple and being financially compensated for it. It is an involved process, both for the egg donor and for the recipient parents, who have considerable costs.
The three essential considerations for an egg donor are:
- Going through a very personal screening process that evaluates for infections, health and psychological problems, genetic issues and more.
- Committing to office testing visits and the egg retrieval procedure, as well as being able to give herself injections beforehand to stimulate egg production.
- Being at ease with the idea that her genetically related child born from her donated egg belongs to other parents.
Any woman considering becoming an egg donor should be comfortable with the above considerations before beginning the application process. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates egg donation (and sperm and embryo donation), and offers information on mandatory screenings and testing.
Start your prescreen application
Interested in becoming an egg donor at TRM?
Please complete our short prescreening application as the first step.
Continue your application
Your prescreening application will be reviewed, and if you meet all criteria, you will receive an email that invites you to continue the application process. This email will be sent by [email protected]
If you have received an email invitation, please log in with your username and password to continue your application.
Basic egg donor requirements
Egg donor applicants must be healthy women aged 20-32 who do not smoke. They must be dependable in keeping appointments and following through to the end of the process.
The FDA requires all egg donors be tested for infections including sexually transmitted diseases. This includes blood tests for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), and Hepatitis B and C.
Testing for recessive carrier gene conditions is done on all prospective donors. We may also recommend testing for other genetic diseases based on the prospective donor’s health history and ethnicity. Other requirements include the following:
- Be in general good health, physically and psychologically.
- Have a BMI of 19-29, ideally in the 19-25 range.
- Have both ovaries.
- Have fairly regular periods each month (not applicable if the candidate is on birth control or medications that prevent periods).
- Not taking any psychoactive drugs, not vaping, not around secondhand smoke.
- No history of substance abuse.
- Not using Depo-Provera injections or implants for contraception (IUDs are allowed).
About compensation (egg donor pay)
When a woman becomes an egg donor for compensation (as opposed to donating eggs to a family member or friend with no compensation), she is compensated for her time and effort. But she donates her eggs with no compensation attached to the eggs themselves. The ovulation stimulation donors undergo results in the production and retrieval of multiple eggs, all of which are donated. The retrieval does not remove any more eggs than a donor naturally looses each month.
Egg donor pay or egg donor compensation relates to the requirements for donating eggs involving screening, travel and office visit time; the medical procedures the donor undergoes; the shots she must self administer; and her emotional involvement. Our compensation fee of $4,000 for these efforts is not the motivating factor for most egg donors. Studies show that helping someone become a parent remains the primary factor for women who choose to become an egg donor.