Frequently Asked Questions for Egg Donors
How do I become an egg donor with Circle Egg Donation?
First you must meet the requirements:
- Between 20-29 years of age (up to 31 for experienced donors)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) lower than 28 (calculate your BMI here)
- No more than one occurrence of the same cancer in family history (except non-genetic cancers, such as leukemia and lung)
- No heart disease under age 55 in family history
- No psychiatric hospitalizations
- Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen (Women living in Canada must have their egg retrieval done at a clinic in the United States to earn compensation)
- Some education beyond after high school i.e. enrolled in college, college classes, certification programs, bachelor's degree, master's degree, PhD.
- Applicants of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply
- Must be comfortable with giving yourself daily injections
Must answer all detailed family health history questions thoroughly
What are the age limits on being an egg donor? Why?
Egg donors in our program must be between 20-29 years of age. The reproductive endocrinologists and clinics that we work with set the standards. We do, however, accept previous egg donors up to the age of 31. Please email us for instructions on how to apply if you are a previous egg donor over the age of 29.
I am adopted. Can I still be a donor?
Yes, if you know your biological families health history. Unfortunately, if your adoption was closed you may not be able to provide us with all of the necessary medical information.
I am on birth control, can I still be an Egg Donor?
Yes, but it depends on the form of birth control you are using. Acceptable forms of birth control include birth control pills, the nuva ring, the patch, and non-copper IUDs. If you have an IUD, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have it removed upon matching with IPs.
If you are currently using Implanon or Depo-Provera for birth control you will need to switch to one of the acceptable forms listed above and have at least three menstrual cycles before applying to become a donor.
Always remember to consult your OB/GYN before making any decisions about changing your contraceptive.
For further information on this, email us.
If I don’t live in the United States, can I donate my eggs for Circle Egg Donation families?
We’re sorry but we only accept egg donors who reside in the United States and Canada.
Does your family have to be supportive of you as an egg donor?
Yes. Having a committed support person who can provide you with emotional support, assist around the house, and even help with hormonal injections is crucial to a successful egg donation journey. Circle requires the consent and support of egg donors’ primary support system.
Does Circle encourage known egg donation?
Yes. We feel it is important to realize the very large impact this donation could have not only on the lives of potential intended parents, but also on your life. With that in mind, we often encourage known donations so the intended parents can meet you to see more of your personality than is revealed in the application. Your health history may change years from now and you would want keep the intended parents to whom you have donated informed. Some of our couples are same-sex couples and often prefer a known donor, which can help to relay honesty and dispel the mystery of the child's birth story in the future. Finally, we want you to be aware that even if you prefer to have an anonymous donation, information technology is constantly evolving and there is no guarantee you would remain anonymous. We would hate to disrupt your life and potentially cause a negative situation for you and the child in the future if the child were to search for you.
Given all of this, we also feel strongly about discussing your intentions to donate with your family. We hope you realize we advocate this for your sake as well as for the sake of the child potentially brought into the world and do not wish to cause any relational difficulties in your life in the future. That said, there are ways our agency can stay in touch with you if you prefer an anonymous donation.