Thank you for your interest in the UCSF Egg Donor Program. The UCSF Egg Donor Program is part of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, a compassionate and innovative program staffed by a diverse interdisciplinary team that has expertise from some of the top programs in the country. All of our physicians, who have extensive experience, are board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. We have been helping patients become parents using donated eggs since 1991 and were one of the first programs in the Bay Area to do so. Donating your eggs to a couple who is yearning to become parents is a very generous act.
Our expertise is complemented by the commitment and care of a large team of professionals, including genetic counselors, psychologists, quality nurses and a detail-oriented office staff. At UCSF, we are also fortunate to have experienced, compassionate nurses who are committed to the philosophy of our practice: respecting and supporting patients’ medical and emotional needs. Our Egg Donor Team understands the needs of women who choose to donate their eggs and provide you with the compassion, counsel and support you may need as you embark on this generous journey.
Couples generally choose to use eggs from a donor because they are unable to conceive a child with the female partner’s own eggs. There are many reasons that a woman may not be able to conceive with her own eggs, including older age, early menopause, previous cancer treatments which damaged the ovaries, or production of poor quality eggs. Frequently, the individuals proceeding with an egg donation cycle have already been through extensive fertility treatments without success. Egg recipients can be couples or single women or men. At UCSF all recipients for our egg donor program are UCSF patients.
Egg donors offer an amazing gift to couples or single women struggling to become parents. The knowledge that she has had the ability to make a profound difference for a family is frequently one of the most compelling reasons young women participate so generously in this process.
Being a donor means committing to a thorough health and psychological screening, and if chosen to be a donor, undergoing the preliminary phases of in vitro fertilization. The medical procedures involved in being an egg donor include administering injectable medications to stimulate your ovaries, undergoing ultrasound monitoring over the course of 10-14 days and having a simple outpatient procedure to remove the stimulated eggs from your ovaries.
To become a donor in our program, you must complete the following steps:
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The UCSF Egg Donor Program is part of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, a compassionate and innovative program staffed by a diverse interdisciplinary team that has expertise from some of the top programs in the country. All of our physicians, who have extensive experience, are board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. We have been helping patients become parents using donated eggs since 1991 and were one of the first programs in the Bay Area to do so. Because the UCSF Egg Donor Program only provides eggs to UCSF patients, you will receive all your care in one setting contrary to the egg donor agencies that may send you to donate at various locations that may all have different processes.
We would love to hear from you. You may download an application here, fill it out and email it to email@example.com. Once the application is returned, we can consider you for the next steps of the screening process. Alternatively, you can call our egg donor coordinator at (415) 353-9251 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire about your background, medical, family, and personal history. After that is complete and has been reviewed by our staff, we will call you to arrange screening appointments with our psychologist and genetic counselor. The last step in the screening process is having a physical examination with a physician and laboratory tests.
We offer egg donors $8,000 compensation for their time, travel, and efforts, once they have completed an egg donation cycle. Preliminary medical screening prior to donation is performed at no cost to you, and you may request results of all your medical tests for your own records and/or to give to your doctor.
Many egg donors also report the positive emotional impact of egg donation as an additional form of “compensation.” Knowing that you have helped complete a family can be very rewarding.
The screening process generally takes a few weeks to complete. You will speak to the UCSF Egg Donor Program coordinator by phone and come into the office for a few short visits at our Mount Zion location. Once you are chosen as an egg donor, a cycle takes approximately 4 weeks. During a two week period, you will come to the clinic approximately 7-10 times for ultrasound monitoring and blood tests. These appointments generally require a 15-30 minute visit in the morning. The day that you are scheduled for the egg retrieval, you will be at our clinic for a large portion of the day. Most donors are able to continue to work or go to school during the overall process.
Yes. The shots are done at home. You can do them yourself, or have a close friend or family member help you with them. We will teach you how to mix and administer your medication in our office.
As with any medical procedure, there are possible side effects and risks. Many women feel very minor or no discomfort during the donation cycle. Others have varying symptoms that typically resolve following the egg retrieval procedure. In some cases a donor might feel bloating, pressure, abdominal pain and swelling, breast tenderness and moodiness from the hormone medications, which will go away by her next period. Severe side effects are rare and will be discussed with you by a physician in detail prior to your entry in the program.
There is a chance of pregnancy you could get pregnant during the egg donation process, so we ask that you abstain from intercourse during this process.
Your ovaries will become enlarged during the egg donation process. We request that you refrain from activities that involve high impact, such as running, mountain biking, jumping, etc. until several weeks after the egg retrieval. After approximately one month, your ovaries will return to their normal size.
Yes! It is very important that you avoid intercourse from the time you start the hormone medication until 3 weeks after your egg retrieval. This will prevent an unwanted pregnancy and ensure that the cycle proceeds as planned.
No. The procedure itself does not have any impact on your future ability to have children. Females are born with approximately two million eggs. Each month in a woman’s life a group of eggs begin the maturation process, but the body selects only one egg each cycle to ovulate while the rest are absorbed by her own body. Fertility medications “rescue” a portion of these excess eggs that the body would have ordinarily discarded.
Although the egg donation process requires you to adhere strictly to your medication and appointment schedule, most women are able to continue with work and school without difficulty. You must take the medication as instructed, and on time. You must be on time for all monitoring appointments and arrange for transportation to and from the egg retrieval. This requires that you make your egg donor cycle a top priority during the few weeks that it occurs, and you may have to reschedule other events, classes or work times as necessary to adhere to this schedule.
You must be truthful in all portions of the donor screening process, and follow the doctors’ orders during the treatment cycle. The egg donation process requires you to adhere strictly to your medication and appointment schedule. You must take the medication as instructed, and on time. You must be on time for all monitoring appointments and arrange for transportation to and from the egg retrieval. This requires that you make your egg donor cycle a top priority during the few weeks that it occurs. You will need to abstain from sex from the time you start the hormone medication until 3 weeks after your egg retrieval to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and make sure the cycle proceeds as planned
When you agree to donate your eggs, you are giving up all rights and responsibilities associated with eggs and any child born as a result of them.
Most egg donor arrangements are anonymous, meaning you won’t know the recipients and they won’t know you. Information about you is shared with the recipients in a non-identifying manner. For example, you will be identified to patient couples by the following information: blood type, ethnic background of your mother and father, height, weight, body build, eye color, hair color and texture, years of education, occupation, and special interests and family medical history. Pictures you share with us will also be shared with potential recipients. We will not share the following information with the recipients: your last name, your address, your telephone number, or your email address.
We are committed to creating egg donation arrangements that fit the personal needs of both donor and recipients. Some donors and recipients are interested in meeting each other and we support that process, if all parties are willing. On your application, you will indicate whether you are willing to meet the recipients, and whether you would be willing to meet their child when the child is an adult.
Yes. If all goes well with your first egg donation cycle, we would be happy to have you come back and donate again. Repeat donation may take less of your time, because you will have already completed the initial screening process. For your safety, egg donors can donate no more than 6 times. This guideline has been established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
|The UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, located in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area offers a comprehensive array of infertility evaluation and treatment options for both men and women. Our services include: Infertility Evaluation, Male Reproductive Health, Fertility Preservation, Reproductive Surgery, Tubal Reversal Surgery, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Ovulation Induction, Donor Sperm Insemination, Egg Donor Program for Donors, Egg Donor Program for Recipients, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Gestational Surrogacy, Genetic Screening and Counseling Psychological Support.|