Become an Egg Donor.
Initial application and consent
Once you contact us, we will provide you with the necessary instructions for forms to be completed, which you will then send to us. Don’t worry, we will assist you to fill them in.
Once you have met the criteria and have been accepted, you will be informed about the screening process to follow which will include the following:
• Testing for infectious diseases
• Blood Group
• Fertility test (AMH) to check ovarian reserve
• Physical examination
• Psychological examination
The egg donation process will start on the first day of your menstrual cycle. If you are taking the contraceptive injection, please stop for a full 3 months and then apply. If you are taking other forms of contraception please inform the donor coordinator so this can be taken into consideration when planning your cycle. Hormonal injections start from day 3 or 4 of the menstrual cycle and continues for about 10 days. You will be guided on how to carefully administer these injections. These injections help the ova to develop in small ‘sacs’ called follicles.
Throughout the stimulation process, you will be required to come in for scans to measure follicle growth. These are short appointments lasting around 15 mins and usually happen first thing in the mornings.
The procedure is not painful at all – there is no surgery. It is a 15-30min painless procedure under light sedation, where the eggs are collected. A few hours following the procedure, you will be compensated R7000 – R8000 (This amount is dependent on the Lab or the recipient for 2024) and discharged. After the procedure, you will not be able to drive. Please make prior arrangements to get home safely. You may experience some light cramps and bloating, and you may feel sleepy after the procedure. If you need a letter for sick leave for your employer, we will arrange this.
For any further questions that you need answering, please have a look at the FAQ section; alternatively do not hesitate to call or contact us – we are there for you!
Reasons to Become an Egg Donor
There is this broad notion that egg donors only choose to donate their eggs because they get compensated to do so. It certainly may be one reason a woman would agree to donate their eggs, but it’s most definitely not the only reason.
The process involves considerable time, energy and effort for the prospective donor. Credible fertility clinics screen their donor-applicants extremely carefully, especially ensuring that the prospective egg donor’s motives are appropriate.
These are the top three reasons women choose to become an egg donor:
Empathy & Compassion
Most egg donors are empathic towards potential parents. They tend to be very generous in their willingness to help others – in particular, they typically have an intuitive understanding of the struggle a couple may have in attempting to start a family. These donors recognise that couples within the LGBTQ+ community and those suffering with infertility more than likely need donated eggs in order to have a child. Donated eggs from a qualified, chosen donor can make their dreams of becoming parents; a reality.
A potential donor will undergo intensive physical and psychological screenings. These screenings ensure the medical viability of the potential donor, but they also teach the donor about her body and her health. Through this experience, the egg donor provides long-lasting happiness and the gift of life for others.
By the time potential parents realise their inability to conceive a child naturally and to seek the help of an egg donor, this life-giving process could be their only chance to have a child. As an egg donor, you’ll be changing the lives of a couple forever by helping them to become parents. This is a priceless gift.
What you need to know.
Suitable Egg Donors will be compensated for their time and efforts.
Do you qualify?
SO, WHAT ARE THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS
- Female, aged 19-30
- Healthy with a BMI of 20-28
- Not using contraceptive injections
- Not breastfeeding
- Not a smoker
- Don’t abuse alcohol
- Not using any recreational drugs
- Minimum Matric, preferably Tertiary Education.
The Body Mass Index is a simple screening tool that uses your height and weight to determine your weight category (underweight, average weight, overweight, obese). WHAT’S MY BMI?
If your BMI is over 28, unfortunately, you don’t qualify.
The 6-Step Process
Below is the simple process the donor undergoes to produce sound, usable eggs for a woman who cannot use her own eggs.
1. Fill in the Donor Form
2. Wait for the match with an intended parent
3. *Appointment at Clinic for Blood Tests, Scan and Counsellor
4. Start on Contraceptive Pill
5. Begin Medication
6. Egg Retrieval (R7000 – R8000 paid to Donor for 2024)
*Paid for by the clinic: All consultations, tests, medication and travel allowance. (As recommended by SASREG)
What happens now?
If you are interested, please fill in the application form.
If you have any further queries, please email Michelle or Lucia firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get straight back to you.
And thank you for helping to Gift a Life. It takes a special kind of person to do this.
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