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About Our Donors

How we screen our donors

It takes a special kind of woman to be an egg donor. The process is time consuming and physically demanding. Donors are compensated for their time; however most donors tell us that while money may have the initial draw, in the end they are motivated by something entirely different. Many have felt powerless as friends or family members share the pain of infertility. Some are mothers themselves and their gratitude for their own children enables them to feel immense compassion for women who struggle with infertility.  They all share a desire to help other women to become mothers and are willing to sacrifice their time and comfort in order to give such a precious gift.

These young women are all healthy, educated and talented individuals. Ranging in age from 19 to 31 years old, all donors pass a rigorous screening process; in fact fewer than 2% of applicants are admitted to our program. We provide extensive information on every donor so that you can be very comfortable when making your decision about which donor to choose.

    •    Current photos
    •    Childhood photos
    •    Audio interviews
    •    Blood type & Rh Factor
    •    Ethnic background
    •    Family medical history
    •    Height & weight
    •    Body build
    •    Eye color
    •    Hair color & texture
    •    Years of education and areas of study
    •    Occupation
    •    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and grade point averages
    •    Special interests and sports
    •    Written essay
    •    Personality typing
    •    Cycle history (Whether pregnancies have been achieved)

Every Donor Goes Through a Vigorous Screening Process

Donors are extensively tested for genetic and infectious diseases, including the following (as recommended and/or required by American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Medical Genetics, American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Federal Food and Drug Administration.)

• HIV 1, 2 & 0, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea & Chlamydia


• Full chromosome analysis (karyotype)


• DNA testing for Cystic Fibrosis (99 mutations), Fragile X, Tay Sachs & Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

• Fertility evaluation including hormone testing and ultrasound evaluation of the ovaries 


• An extended screening panel for specific, ancestry-based genetic disorders

One woman reflects on her experience as an egg donor as she gets ready to exit the program.  Her compassionate attitude and giving nature is representative of the women who choose to donate at GIVF.