Egg donors remain the center of gratitude and appreciation from Intended Parents wishing to have a child. Donors are typically given a financial compensation for satisfying their donor responsibilities.
The compensation amount ranges from agency to agency. The financial aspect rewards you for your time, effort and dedication and is typically generalized under the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) guidelines.
Egg Donor Compensation Guidelines
- Financial compensation of women donating oocytes for infertility therapy or for research is justified on ethical grounds.
- Compensation should be structured to acknowledge the time, inconvenience, and discomfort associated with screening, ovarian stimulation, and oocyte retrieval. Compensation should not vary according to the planned use of the oocytes, the number or quality of oocytes retrieved the number or outcome of prior donation cycles, or the donor’s ethnic or other personal characteristics.
- Total payments to donors in excess of $5,000 require justification and sums above $10,000 are not appropriate.
- To discourage inappropriate decisions to donate oocytes, programs should adopt effective information disclosure and counseling processes. Donors independently recruited by prospective oocyte recipients or agencies should undergo the same disclosure and counseling process as donors recruited by the program.
- Oocyte-sharing programs should formulate and disclose clear policies on the eligibility criteria for participants and on how oocytes will be allocated, especially if a low number of oocytes or oocytes of varying quality are produced.
- Treating physicians owe the same duties to oocyte donors as to any other patients. Programs should ensure equitable and fair provision of services to donors.
- Programs should adopt and disclose policies regarding coverage of an oocyte donor’s medical costs should she experience complications from the procedure.
Egg donation is a self-sacrificing action. Most egg donors will contest that the financial reward is NOT the focal motivation, but rather the involvement in giving the miracle of life.