When searching for an Egg Donation Agency there are many factors to consider. Most intended parents use different qualifications to decide what is best for them, personally. Some choose an egg donation agency based on their location, where others use in-house donors from their own fertility clinic. Some intended parents use recommendations from their doctor, a friend or family member, or find one on a forum/blog. Many do their own research to find an agency that meets their personal needs for building their family through egg donation.
5 factors to consider when choosing an Egg Donation Agency to partner with:
Is customer service a priority with the agency? You want an agency that will treat your egg donation cycle as an important life cycle, and not a job.
Is the agency personable? You will want to make sure that each intended parent is assigned a specific contact who they can count on to return emails and phone calls promptly. Does the agency have ”office hours” that can accommodate evenings or weekends, as well as day time hours? Do you feel confident that the agency is 100% committed to you and will put the needs of your cycle as a top priority?
Does the Egg Donation Agency truly care about the well being of the intended parents and place importance on your cycle to be successful?
Unfortunately, not all egg donation cycles are successful. Some cycles are unsuccessful because the egg donor does not pass day-3 or STD screening. She may also decide a few weeks into the process that being an egg donor is not right for her. Although rare, at times an egg donor might not respond well to medications and the cycle will be cancelled. We encourage you to find an agency that understands how important it is to you that your egg donation cycle is successful and will work with you to find another egg donor at no additional charge. We (personally) do this no matter what stage of the egg donation cycle you are in. Find an egg donation agency who focuses on helping you have a baby not just assisting you through ONE egg donation cycle.
Do they educate their donors BEFORE being matched with an intended parent(s)? Education on the commitment level needed, egg donation process, and possible complications associated with being an egg donor are all important.
You will want to look over the egg donation agencies entire website. How much have they shared initially with the potential egg donors? Talk to the agency about what their screening process entails and what are the determining factors when approving a woman who is wanting to become an egg donor.
Is there a way for you to see potential egg donors for free?
Each agency is different on how they share information. You want to look for an agency that will help find the right fit for you and your family. Some agencies will have an initial consult with you to discuss your needs and then send you appropriate donor candidates. Other agencies will allow you to search a database. It should never cost you money to see
egg donor candidates with an agency. Look to see what their policies are during the initial search process.
Are the agency’s fees clearly listed online?
It is important that all fees are clearly listed up front. This will ensure that you are prepared for the costs associated with that specific Egg Donation Agency and there will not be any surprises that would pause your cycle. Look for an agency who does not nickel and dime their intended parents with fees for consultations, phone calls with donors, rematching fees, etc.
Choosing an Egg Donation Agency is an important decision in your journey. Hopefully this article has given you a few things to consider when researching agencies.