How Much Does Egg Donation Cost and How Much Are Egg Donors Paid?
Many surrogacy agencies that also offer egg donation services aren’t exactly upfront about how much these services cost. Most people know that the process is expensive, but they don’t know much about what is being paid for or what benefits are involved for the generous people who help to make family’s dreams come true.
As egg donation grows in popularity and attracts more attention, intended parents and donors alike are asking the same questions:
How much does egg donation cost?
How much are egg donors paid?
Here is everything that you need to know about the financial aspect of egg donation and how different factors can influence how much you make or pay.
What is Egg Donation?
Egg donation is a form of assisted reproduction in which a donor, typically a young woman in her twenties, has her eggs removed and given to an intended parent. This process allows infertile women, members of the LGBT community, and women who have medical problems that prevent them from using their own eggs towards a viable pregnancy.
Who Can Be an Egg Donor?
Not everyone can be an egg donor. Those who wish to become egg donors must go through a rigorous vetting process that works to ensure that they are a good fit for the giving the gift of egg donation. Some requirements include an age restriction, healthy ovaries, and BMI restrictions.
These guidelines are put in place to guarantee that every donor is healthy and mentally prepared for the process of egg donation. Intended parents and egg donors should do research into the agency that they choose to work with.
How Much Does Egg Donation Cost?
The price of an egg donation can range from $10,000 to upwards of $35,000 depending on the circumstance. Egg donation costs cover the fees paid to your agency for the work that they do, payment to the egg donor, and covering the cost of the medical procedures that must take place.
Egg donation is a complex process that requires the generosity of egg donors who want to help couples and individuals create the families of their dreams. While egg donors are generous individuals, they are compensated for their selfless gift of life. Their compensation includes a base pay that can increase or decrease depending on several factors discussed below.
Agencies must do the work of ensuring that they promote good matches between donors and intended parents. This includes following up on the information a donor provides and checking it for accuracy. They also handle setting up an escrow account for surrogates, setting up donor appointments, and making sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for all parties involved.
The cost involved in egg donation is significant and can sometimes be a major obstacle for deserving families. Some insurance agencies cover the cost of egg donation and other aspects of assisted reproduction. There are also a number of grants and loans designed to ease the financial strain on families considering egg donation.
How much are egg donors paid?
Egg donors can expect compensation of $7,000+ dollars per donation cycle for their generosity. It is recommended that a woman does not undergo more than 6 egg donations in a single lifetime. That can mean over $30,000+ dollars of income for repeat donors with a history of successful pregnancies resulting from their donations.
However, it is important to note that the pay for egg donors varies based on several different factors. Here are some things that may affect how much you are paid as an egg donor:
- The number of viable eggs you produce – Egg donors are usually women aged 20-30, though that number is not set in stone. As younger women are more likely to produce a higher number of viable eggs they may be paid more and matched more often with intended parents.
- Your experience as an egg donor – First-time donors are paid less on average than more experienced donors. Additionally, if you intend to become a repeat donor then you will have the ability to set your own compensation. This allows you to have more control over your payment and who you are matched with. You may want to charge more depending on whether or not you would like to establish a relationship with intended parents who wish to have siblings.
- The agency you work with – Some agencies pay their donors less than others. All donors should do in-depth research when deciding what agencies, they wish to work with. A reputable agency with fair pay and treatment of their donors is ideal. Simple Surrogacy offers a long list of references for those who are considering egg donation.
- Taxes – Any compensation that comes from egg donation can be heavily taxed, as it is subject to different tax laws. Donors should discuss what taxes they should expect with a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to get an accurate estimate of the percentages of taxes they will be expected to pay.
Other Factors to Consider
Egg donation is a medical procedure that can cause donors to miss work and be away for periods of time to attend doctors’ appointments. Simple Surrogacy understands this and works to make the process of egg donation as convenient as possible.
Egg donors are provided with medical insurance in the case of complications from their procedure and reimbursement for things like childcare, lost wages, travel expenses, and even dog boarding.
If your agency does not provide you with an attorney, then you may have to pay out of pocket to for one. This expense will not be included in your agency’s fee and should be considered when determining the full cost of an egg donation.
Choosing Simple Surrogacy
Simple Surrogacy charges some of the lowest egg donation fees in the industry. Egg donors and intended parents can expect consistent support from any of Simple Surrogacy’s experienced staff. Visit our website to learn more about egg donation and feel free to reach out at any time with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to help!