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Who Can Donate Their Eggs: Egg Donation Requirements & Disqualifiers

Donating your eggs is one of the biggest gifts one person can give to another. Women who donate their eggs give hope and possibility to those struggling to conceive on their own. If you meet egg donation requirements, understand egg donation disqualifiers, and are ready to be part of a process that can change someone’s life, you could qualify to be an egg donor. 


What Is Egg Donation? 


Egg donation is the act of a woman undergoing the medical process to stimulate her egg production to have her eggs safely retrieved and donated to another family or families. Being an egg donor is making a commitment to help others experience the possibility of parenthood. It’s a beautiful process in which a young woman can make a lasting impact on others’ lives. 


Egg Donor Requirements 

Women who are interested in donating their eggs should meet a set of criteria developed by fertility clinics and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Egg donor requirements are put in place to ensure the process of egg donation will be as safe and successful as possible for all parties involved. 

Personal requirements 

  • United States citizen or permanent resident, or a Canadian resident able to work in the U.S. 

  • Between 21 and 29 years old 

  • Has education beyond high school 

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 29 and below 

Medical requirements 

  • Non-smoker 

  • No history of drug use 

  • Be able to give themselves injections 

  • Can provide 3 generations of medical history for blood relations 

  • Committed to providing updated personal and familial medical information throughout their life 

Travel requirements 

  • Willing and able to travel 

  • Able to spend 3-7 days away during travel times 

What Disqualifies You From Donating Eggs?

While it may be on your heart to help someone as an egg donor, you may not meet the requirements. This doesn’t mean that something is wrong or that you are not healthy; it simply means that you do not meet the strict requirements put in place that would yield the most successful outcome for egg donation. 


Here are a few reasons you may not qualify for egg donation: 

  • You fall outside of the age range 

  • You do not meet the BMI requirements 

  • Something in your medical or health history does not comply with clinic requirements 

  • You’re unable to provide the necessary generational medical history 

Egg Donation FAQ 

If you meet the requirements listed above, you may still have questions about certain requirements and if you would qualify. Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about being an egg donor. 


Can you donate eggs if your tubes are tied? 

Yes, you can still donate your eggs if you have had your tubes tied! Tubal ligation only affects your fallopian tubes, not your ovaries and egg production. 


Can you donate eggs with an IUD? 

Yes, you can donate your eggs if you are on certain forms of birth control, including any IUD. However, you must have non-copper hormonal IUDs removed if you are matched before cycling. 


Can I donate my eggs if I’ve had a hysterectomy? 

Yes, you can still donate eggs if you’ve had a hysterectomy. We would, however, carefully investigate the reason for the hysterectomy at such a young age to determine if you would qualify to be an egg donor. 


Can I donate eggs if I don’t have health insurance? 

Yes, you can donate without health insurance. The recipient parents will be responsible for purchasing an insurance plan that covers all the egg donation expenses. 


If you’re interested in applying to be an egg donor, you can fill out this form on our website. Our experienced team is happy to answer any of your questions and support you through this beautiful process. 

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