Egg donation is the process of harvest of eggs from ovaries for the purpose of facilitating an IVF pregnancy or surrogacy arrangement. The egg donor is compensated for her time, efforts, and the donation of her eggs. The compensation structure, and amount varies by state due to laws and regulations.

The amount of compensation for egg donation ranges from a few thousand to several tens of thousands of dollars. The amount is dependent on many factors including:

  • Whether it is your first donation cycle
  • Rarity of health of physical characteristics (e.g. hair type, eye color)
  • The state in which the egg donation is performed
  • The age of the donor
  • Ethnic background
  • Travel requirements to initiate and complete the egg donation process

Realistic Expectations

It is important to note that the primary reason for becoming an egg donor should be to help the intended parent(s). Because even though the compensation can be substantial, it usually does not reach the upper limits of the compensation spectrum. With this in mind, donors are well advised to consider their donation a good deed because the process does take effort and will require at least some emotional investment.

Working with the right agency will help make the process pleasant, so take your time and speak with several agencies before making a selection and be sure to voice any concerns, and ask as many questions as you need.