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Frequently Asked Questions for Donors

  • We will cut to the chase here. Yes, egg donors do have a genetic connection to any children conceived from their eggs. They do not, however, have any parental relationship or responsibility to the children.

  • The recommended number of times a woman can donate her eggs is 6 times.

     

    Some donors, once they have successfully helped someone grow a family, wish to make another donation. It is an incredibly fulfilling feeling, and we understand why such caring and remarkable women want to come back more than once. That being said, you might wonder, what are the limitations of donating eggs?

     

    The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the leading nonprofit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine, has concluded there is a finite number of times a donor can undergo a donation cycle. 

     

    ASRM has advised limiting the number of a donor’s stimulated cycles to 6 times. Furthermore, they recommend limiting the successful number of donations from a single donor to no more than 25 families per population of 800,000. This recommendation is made in an effort to limit concerns regarding too many blood-related children from different families in one geographic location. The best way to do this will be more reliant on the number of donation cycles than anything else.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • You will be under sedation and feel no pain for the actual egg retrieval procedure, which takes just under 30 minutes to complete! Some women experience mild cramping or light bleeding in the days immediately after the process, but these side effects will not last. 

    Really, the only part of the egg donation process that might be uncomfortable is the at-home hormone injections. A nurse will teach you how to properly self-administer them, and the needle is so small that most women do not report any significant discomfort. 
  • The short answer is yes! We understand that, for many women, birth control offers the safest method of protection against unwanted pregnancy, and we would not want you to be deterred simply because you are taking precautions. 
     
    So, yes, you can donate your eggs if you are on certain forms of birth control, such as birth control pills, the nuva ring, the patch, and any IUD. However, you must have non-copper hormonal IUDs removed if you are matched before cycling. 
     
    If you are currently using a non-accepted form of birth control for at least 6 months before being eligible to donate. As with all things regarding your healthcare, always consult your OB/GYN before changing your birth control.
  • 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.
  • Your ovaries typically release one mature egg per month. The FSH injections you will self-administer stimulate your ovaries to increase the number of eggs that mature in a single cycle. 
     
    The exact number of retrieved eggs will vary from woman to woman. However, the average number retrieved in a single donation ranges from 10 to 20 eggs. Healthy, fertile women in their 20s have hundreds of thousands of viable eggs, so these retrievals don’t even come close to taking all of your eggs.
  • Frequently asked questions from donors and parents. For more than 25 years, Everie’s industry-leading team has helped countless parents grow their families through egg donation. We understand the process inside out—and are even revolutionizing it! Find out more about Everie, the egg donation process, IVF, and more in our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

  • Everie is a pioneer in the fertility landscape, combining decades of experience with a fresh vision of what egg donation should be. We believe in thoughtful, forward-looking decision-making so that your future children can grow up secure in their identities and proud of their origins, with the power to learn more about their family history.

    With Everie, you will find unparalleled support and expertise and our unwavering commitment to you, your egg donor, and the family you help grow together. Learn more about what sets us apart in the questions below.

  • Everie supports every person’s path to parenthood. Whether you are partnered, single, heterosexual, LGBTQIA+, facing fertility issues, or consciously choosing to grow your family a different way, there is a home for you here. 

  • One of our proudest contributions to the assisted reproduction community is the concept of a mutual match.
    Traditionally, egg donors aren’t aware when their eggs are used or by whom. Giving both the donor and the recipient parents the chance to say “yes” to one another is the basis for our mutual match. Egg donation touches many lives, and we believe each person should be considered in the decision—especially your future children.
    Aligning with a donor about short and long-term expectations and feeling a genuine kinship with one another brings more confidence and warmth to a process that can easily feel transactional or antiseptic. 
  • Everie encourages disclosed donation, which involves sharing donor-identifying information with recipient parents and children conceived from the donors’ eggs.
     
    Our donors can choose the level of disclosure they are most comfortable providing, whether it is sharing all their contact information (“known”), giving a first name only (“Semi-Known”), or keeping their identity suppressed until the donor-conceived children come of age and request information about them (“ID Release”).
    We believe in the power of disclosed donation to create a strong foundation for a child’s identity. At Everie, we are working toward a vibrant, inclusive future where the next generation can know their origins without shame or secrecy and take pride in all the people who helped create their families.
  • Egg donation is the process whereby an egg donor voluntarily provides some of her eggs for use in another individual or couple’s family building. 
  • The egg donor undergoes hormone stimulation to produce multiple eggs that are then retrieved in a minimally invasive procedure.
     
    In a fresh egg donation cycle, these eggs are fertilized in a laboratory and cultured into blastocysts (pre-embryonic cells). 
    Recipient parents can freeze these blastocysts for future use, or, if they choose to have the donor and parent/carrier synchronize their cycles prior to the retrieval process, they can have a blastocyst transferred to the recipient’s uterus as soon as it is ready.
    By contrast, a frozen egg donation cycle vitrifies (flash freezes) the retrieved eggs for use at a later date. Once thawed, the eggs are fertilized and undergo the same embryo development and transfer process.
  • Typically, choosing an egg donor involves reviewing donor profiles in a database and looking for someone who resonates most with you. At Everie, you can see photos and videos of our donors and learn about their medical and family history, education, interests, and more. You will also get to read in their own words why they are choosing to donate their eggs.
    Please read our article about egg donor selection criteria to learn more about finding the right egg donor for you. 
  • Everie thoroughly vets our egg donors. All of our donors are young, healthy women who have passed comprehensive evaluations of their physical and psychological health to ensure they are suitable candidates for egg donation.
  • Egg donation can involve either fresh or frozen egg donation cycles. Traditionally, these have been aligned with different egg donor program models: Egg donor agencies usually work with fresh egg donation, and egg banks typically provide frozen eggs.
    Everie offers recipient parents the flexibility to choose the donation type that is best for them. Fresh eggs are more expensive and require greater logistical coordination but are available in larger (though irregular) quantities.
    Frozen eggs, meanwhile, are typically acquired in batches of 6 and give recipient parents more control over the timing of their family building.
  • Everie offers four types of egg donation based on the level of identity disclosure that our egg donors are comfortable sharing. The different types are:
    • Known donation – full donor identity disclosure with contact information shared 
    • Semi-known donation – limited donor identity disclosure without contact information
    • ID Release donation – donor identity is concealed until children come of age and request information
    • De-identified donation – donor identity is concealed without conditions for identity release
    We cover the different considerations for identity disclosure in our related article.
  • Egg donors typically do not have any parental rights over children conceived from their eggs. However, an egg donor agreement or other contract can help establish a recipient parent's legal parentage in a binding, written form.
  • Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to guide the fertility specialist in collecting the eggs. The egg donor’s ovaries have been hormonally stimulated to increase her egg production; these eggs are aspirated through a thin needle and then placed in a culture medium.
  • On average, 10 to 20 eggs (or more!) can be retrieved during egg donation. Fresh egg recipient parents will get all the eggs, while frozen egg donations are divided into batches of 6 eggs and can be used by one or more recipient parents.
  • Frozen eggs are vitrified (cryogenically preserved) after retrieval, while fresh eggs are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory setting. 
    These fertilized eggs are closely monitored as they develop into pre-embryonic cells called blastocysts over 5 days.
  • Recipient parents can typically expect 30% to 50% of fertilized eggs to reach this stage of development. With Everie, we offer a one-blastocyst minimum guarantee for frozen egg recipients; if no viable blastocyst emerges from your batch of eggs, we will provide you with another batch of 6 eggs at no extra cost.
  • Using a thin catheter, the embryologist uses ultrasound imaging to transfer a blastocyst into the recipient’s (or gestational carrier’s) uterus. It will take nearly 10 days to discover whether the blastocyst has developed into an embryo and successfully implanted into the uterine wall, confirming a pregnancy.
Frequently asked questions from donors and parents. For more than 25 years, Everie’s industry-leading team has helped countless parents grow their families through egg donation. We understand the process inside out—and are even revolutionizing it! Find out more about Everie, the egg donation process, IVF, and more in our FAQs.