Becoming an Egg Donor

Step 1: Matching
Once you’re approved, you’ll review our requirements and send us at least two recent photos. We’ll upload your photographs and your application (with your identifying information removed) to our egg donor database. This is used by intended parents for matching purposes. We start the matching process when an intended parent expresses interest in working with you. Matching at Asian is a reciprocal process. We believe that intended parents should choose their egg donors and egg donors should decide whom they want to help. We’ll send you a redacted profile of any intended parents who wish to work with you so you can learn more about them. Skype and telephone calls are also available options.

Step 2: Legal Contracts
donors negotiate and sign a contract with their intended parents that outline the plan for the egg donation process. Your intended parents will have an attorney, and we will provide an independent attorney to represent you while the terms of your agreement are hammered out.

Step 3: Medical Screening
you have passed the psych screening, you’ll meet with the IVF doctor who will perform a thorough medical and genetic screening. The physician draws blood and checks for any sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, hepatitis, and drug/nicotine use. The medical screening may require travel, which is always arranged by Asian and paid for by your intended parents. It’s generally an overnight trip to the IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen.

Step 4: Fertility Treatments (Birth Control and Injections)
Medications are given to suppress the menstrual cycle, and ovarian are given to stimulate the production of eggs. Most of these medications are injections that are self-administered for two-four weeks (this can vary) until the egg retrieval. The medications help coordinate your cycle with the intended mother or the gestational carrier.. These may be used in different combinations depending on the clinic and physician, and some of the medications are known by various names.

Step 5: Egg Retrieval
egg retrieval process is done at the IVF clinic your intended parents have chosen. If you are traveling, the trip will likely be four-nine days. The retrieval is done vaginally under a mild intravenous sedation. The process takes about 20 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. Afterward, you may experience some mild cramping, bleeding, or bloating.

Step 6: Fees (Payments)
Fees also vary based on certain characteristics that are harder to find, such as a professional degree, etc. The social worker who screens you will be happy to discuss suggested fees based on the norms of our agency. Asian Egg Donation complies with guidelines set by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for egg donation compensation. The family that you donate to will be responsible for medical bills, travel bills, and other expenses related to the donation.

Step 7: Retrieval Results & Confirmation to Donate Again
After you have your retrievals, the program coordinator sends out an email with explanations for the next steps, which include receiving your payment and returning receipts, as well as information on donating again. The egg donor coordinator will also contact you to explain the process of waiting on results, including the number of eggs retrieved, and how many matured, were fertilized, transferred and frozen. We will also await pregnancy results.
Afterward, we update your information in our database. To complete the process, you’ll sign a medical release so that Asian has access to your records for your next egg donation. If you have any questions about the egg donor process, please email to


How many times can I donate with Asian Egg Donation?

Most of our clinics will only allow an egg donor to participate in an egg donation five to six times. However, we can only rematch you if the previous donation resulted in a pregnancy or a successful retrieval.

What kind of emotional issues are there with donating?

Emotional experiences vary throughout the process. The decision to donate should be well thought-out before you proceed with screening and matching. You are welcome to talk with the social workers who conduct your screening about any specific concerns or questions. You may experience moodiness from the medications; however after the donation, most of our egg donors enjoy the extreme pride and joy of having given such an incredible gift.

I have more questions, whom do I contact?

If you have any other questions about egg donation, email


How do I become an egg donor with Asian Surrogacy’s Egg Donation?

First you must meet the requirements:

1. Between 20-29 years of age (up to 31 for experienced donors)

2. Body Mass Index (BMI) lower than 28 (calculate your BMI here)

3. No more than one occurrence of the same cancer in family history (except non-genetic cancers, such as leukemia and lung)

4. No heart disease under age 55 in family history

5. No psychiatric hospitalizations

6. Be a Indian citizen

7. Minimum of high school degree (college degree preferred)

8. Applicants of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply

9. Must be comfortable with giving yourself daily injections

10. Must answer all detailed family health history questions thoroughly

What are the age limits on being an egg donor? Why?

Egg donors in our program must be between 20-29 years of age. The reproductive endocrinologists and clinics that we work with set the standards. We do, however, accept previous egg donors up to the age of 31. Please email to


for instructions on how to apply if you are a previous egg donor over the age of 29.

I am adopted. Can I still be a donor?

Yes, if you know your biological families health history. Unfortunately, if your adoption was closed you may not be able to provide us with all of the necessary medical information.

I am on birth control, can I still be an Egg Donor?

Yes, but it depends on the form of birth control you are using. Acceptable forms of birth control include birth control pills, the nuva ring, the patch, and non-copper IUDs. If you have an IUD, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have it removed upon matching with IPs. If you are currently using Implanon or Depo-Provera for birth control you will need to switch to one of the acceptable forms listed above and have at least three menstrual cycles before applying to become a donor. Always remember to consult your OB/GYN before making any decisions about changing your contraceptive. For further information on this, email donor

Does my family have to be supportive of me as an egg donor?

Yes. Having a committed support person who can provide you with emotional support, assist around the house, and even help with hormonal injections is crucial to a successful egg donation journey. Asian requires the consent and support of egg donors’ primary support system.

The application to be in your program is very long. Why do you need all this information?

Most of the information on our application is requested by the IVF clinic for its screening. We also use the information for matching purposes with the intended parents and the information helps the couples and single individuals in our program learn about you.

What is involved in screening egg donor candidates?

Our egg donors are screened by a licensed clinical social worker. We ask questions to learn more about your desire to donate your eggs and to ensure you fully understand the process; The purpose is to identify any possible illnesses, emotional problems and personality disorders.

Will I have to travel or can you match me with local intended parents?

We work with intended parents who have chosen clinics throughout India. Where you travel will depend on the IVF clinic chosen by the intended parents. This is where you will most likely travel to twice. We will disclose that information prior to matching, so you will be aware of where the potential travel. We can certainly try and match you only locally, but that will decrease your chances of being chosen as an egg donor, and limit you to those couples working with an IVF center in your area.

How will I be matched?

We start the matching process when an intended parent expresses interest in working with you. Our matching process is a reciprocal process. We believe that egg donors should be able to decide whom they want to help. We will send you a redacted version of the intended parents profile for you to review. We will also arrange a Skype call when appropriate (in a known egg donation).

How do I know which kind of contact is best for me?

Once your application form is fully completed and you pass that portion of screening, you will be in touch with our Egg Donor Team for continued screening. They will help you decide which is best and what you are most comfortable with.

I see on your website that you have a donor database. Do I have to list our information on the website?

No. You do not have to be listed in the database. But it gives our intended parents and many other families more opportunities to learn about you being their potential donor. This is a database that can only be accessed with a user name and password. We do not provide any identifying information on the database.

Who is responsible for all the bills?

The family that you donate to will be responsible for medical bills, travel bills and other expenses related to the donation.

Do I have to have medical insurance?

It is recommended that all people have medical insurance but if you don't you can still be a donor in our program. The intended parent you are matched with will purchase complications insurance for you.

Can you briefly tell me what the process is like?

Are given to suppress the menstrual cycle and ovarian stimulating medications are given to stimulate the production of eggs. Most of these medications are injections and are self-administered for 3-6 weeks (this can vary) until retrieval. The retrieval is done vaginally with a catheter under a mild intravenous (IV) sedation. The retrieval takes about 20 minutes with about an hour in the recovery room. Afterwards you may experience some mild cramping, bleeding, or bloating.

What kinds of medications are used?

Medications are used to coordinate cycles, suppress ovulation, stimulate follicles, and to trigger release of eggs. Examples of these include birth control pills FSH, LH, HCG. These may be used in different combinations depending on the clinic and physician and some of the medications can be known by various names.

Are there any complications of which I should be aware?

Most people experience limited to no complications. You can experience minor discomfort after the procedure, or symptoms associated with your natural cycles, such as headaches, moodiness, or cramping. There have been a very small number of extreme cases of hyper stimulation. Although it has never happened in our program, there is a need to disclose that there have been very rare and extremely limited cases of infertility or death.

Will donating affect my own fertility?

No relationship between egg donation and future fertility has been clearly established, although research is continuing. Egg donation does not deplete your ovarian reserve. Each month you release a number of eggs, but only one comes to maturity, generally. The hormones administered in the donation process stimulate more than one to reach maturity. Women in their 20s have hundreds of thousands of viable eggs, although the number diminishes over time.

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