egg donor requirements

Requirements for Becoming an Egg Donor

Jenna Lake By Jenna Lake May 12, 2022 Egg Donors

Egg Donation is a rapidly growing sector of infertility medicine; it takes a special young woman to consider donating her eggs to another person, or couple, so they may build their miracle family. However, the benefits often outweigh any challenge or inconvenience associated with the process.

While compensation is the most obvious perk of egg donation, other notable benefits include the feelings of satisfaction arising from this contribution and the knowledge that lives are positively impacted as a result of such a precious gift.

Yet, being altruistic and warm-hearted is not enough to qualify you to become an egg donor; there is a set of set of physical, mental, health, geographic and legal requirements.

Fertility clinics and agencies conduct intensive and thorough screening before a woman is able to their programs. These egg donor requirements are necessary to ensure a positive experience and a healthy baby but are also part of the guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA oversees all donor tissue programs (including donor eggs) and requires clinics and agencies to ask very specific questions about personal and family medical histories, sexual history, and other health & lifestyle related activities as part of the egg donor qualification process.

Here is a general overview of the most common requirements for being accepted into an egg donor program. Applicants will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • 🙋‍♀️ Be between the ages of 21 and 29 years old (some programs extend age ranges to include donors as young as 18 - early 30’s).
  • 🍎 Be in good health, physically and emotionally
  • ⚖️ Have a BMI between 19 and 28 (being overweight or underweight can affect egg quality however, programs vary on acceptable ranges) Calculate your BMI here
  • 🧬 Have medical history with free from multiple family members with serious cancer, heart disease, substance abuse, and psychiatric issues
  • 🚭 Have no nicotine or other recreational drug usage (legal or otherwise—urine toxicology tests will be completed during the screening process)
  • ✈️ Have NOT travelled to a country or countries affected by the Zika virus in the last 6 months
  • 🩺 Be willing to undergo a medical and psychological evaluation
  • 💉 Be willing to take injectable medication
  • 🦠 Be free from sexually transmitted diseases within the last year
  • 🕗 Be available for approximately 5-10 early morning appointments (you may need to travel for 5 to 8 days if your IVF center is very far from your home or out of state)
  • 📝 Have the medical history available for your biological parents, siblings and grandparents
  • 🔍 Be willing to answer all questions completely and honestly.

Most heterosexual Intended Parents have struggled with infertility for years before contemplating egg donation or they are a member of the LGBTQ community who realizes they require the help of an egg donor (and surrogate) in order to achieve their dreams of having children and building their precious family. Therefore, it is paramount for programs to fully vet egg donors – and for egg donor applicants to be 100% committed to the journey before accepting this pivotal and life-changing role. The gift of egg donation is priceless beyond measure.

Jenna Lake
Jenna Lake

Jenna Lake is co-founder of EDC Nexus, a unique registry developed to support Intended Parents, Egg Donors and Donor-Conceived Offspring — identified or de-identified — through a private online database providing medical updates and a mode of communication.

First and foremost, Jenna is the proud mother to a teenage, egg donor-conceived son. Her journey through third party reproduction directly launched a 15+ year career overseeing one of the largest clinic-led egg donor programs in the United States. After matching more than 3,000 cycles, and witnessing the ever-increasing demand for donor-conceived families to connect with their genetic and biological stories (and donors to stay informed of their contribution), Jenna helped to create a secure means of exchanging vital information and ensuring greater peace-of-mind on many fronts.

Currently, Jenna also serves as Operations Manager at Egg Donor Connect. She is a past board member of Parents via Egg Donation, former consultant for a surrogate agency, and the author of several articles focusing on Egg Donors and Intended Parents. Jenna can be reached through her LinkedIn profile, or via email at or

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