NYU Langone Fertility Center

New York, NY

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Frequently Asked Question for Egg Donors

Q. Does the egg retrieval process hurt?

Every patient experiences the egg retrieval process differently. For this procedure, you will be under general anesthesia while your eggs are retrieved by a physician, and may experience some discomfort afterwards. Most individuals are able to return to work the next day, while others may need additional time to recover.

Q. How many times can I donate my eggs?

You are eligible to donate up to six times in a lifetime, as long as you have been approved by our embryologist to return for additional donation cycles.

Q. Does donating my eggs affect my ability to have children in the future?

No, the egg donation process has no impact on future fertility.

Q. Can you donate eggs if your tubes are tied?

Yes, you can donate your eggs even if your tubes are tied as the fallopian tubes are not involved in the retrieval process, just the ovaries.

Q. Is there a height/weight criteria?

Yes. The medications that are administered work best for individuals within a certain weight range.

Q. What are your requirements for donors, and how are they screened?

Egg Donor candidates must be between 21-30 years of age. Once you complete the online application, our Egg Donation team will schedule an appointment to evaluate your overall and reproductive health, genetic history, and psychological stability (all testing is provided at no charge to you). Egg Donors must be physically and emotionally healthy, provide complete medical history on biological family members, and be a nonsmoker with no history of substance abuse. All donors who pass screening meet FDA standards.

Q. What types of medications are used in egg collection?

The medications used to stimulate egg development are mostly natural hormones already found in your body. These include Gonadotropin and Follicle Stimulating Hormone.