Egg Donation has been described as one of the most selfless, powerful and rewarding decisions that a woman can make. Helping couples who are otherwise unable to start a family is truly a most generous act.
Once you have decided that you would like to be a giver of this precious gift of life and become an egg donor, you will need you to complete a donor profile:
We will guide you through the journey of becoming a Known Egg Donor. If you are matched with a recipient, then we will be there to help you throughout the entire process, alleviate concerns and ensure that it is a pleasant and fulfilling experience.
Known Egg Donors is committed to the health and welfare of our precious donors.
Minimum qualifications to become a Known Egg Donor
Most importantly - commitment to becoming a Known Egg Donor and the process thereof.
Additionally, Known Egg Donors must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 33
- Be physically healthy
- Have a healthy BMI index
- Have regular, monthly menstrual periods ( to begin a cycle would
need to be on the birth control pill for at least 8 weeks prior to donating)
- Have no history of substance abuse
- Have no family history of inheritable genetic disorders
- Be willing to take injections
- Be willing to travel to Brisbane, Australia
Australian standards require all egg donors to be Altruistic Known Donors which means that you will meet and have contact with the Intending Parents throughout your egg donation process. Furthermore, being a Known Donor requires that your identity will be known to the recipient and any resulting children born of your donation (at the age of 18),
will have the right to access your information as recorded on the clinics donor registry.
- Once matched with Intending Parents / Recipients, the Known Donor will need to go for screening and blood tests.
Each Known Donor will be required to have the following blood tests before they can undergo an IVF Cycle: AMH, LH, Progesterone, estradiol, FSH, prolactin, karyotype, hepatitis B, hepatitis C , HIV 1 & 2, syphilis (TPPA), HTLV 1&2 and a pap smear.
- To begin the egg donation cycle, the Known Donor will be required to take birth control pills, which synchronises both the Donor's and Recipient's menstruation cycles.
- Known Donors will undergo an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) cycle whereby hormonal medications will be administered to the Donor. This medication will encourage the ovaries to produce and mature multiple eggs at once. This will ensure that a sufficient number of eggs can be obtained, and therefore a number of embryos can be created. This medication is administered for approximately 12 days via an injection into the skin.
- The Known Donor will be asked to avoid cigarettes and alcohol during the donation cycle.
- If the Known Donor is sexually active she will be required to use barrier contraception 7 days prior and 2 weeks following her donation cycle.
- Over the 12-14 days that follow, the Known Donor will have one or more blood tests and vaginal ultrasound scans to monitor the development of the egg follicles.
- When the oocytes are judged to be mature the Known Donor will have another injection to prepare her for oocyte collection.
- 36 hours following this injection, the Known Donor will undergo a minor theatre procedure, given a light anaesthetic, and her oocytes collected with the aid of a vaginal ultrasound probe. The procedure takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes and the recovery from the light anaesthetic usually takes only an hour or two, after which the Known Donor may be discharged from the clinic.
- Once the Donor’s eggs are collected, the eggs will be prepped for fertilisation with the recipient’s partner’s sperm by a medical scientist.
- Known Donors are accompanied by our trained coordinators who act as a donor concierge and ensure that the donor is looked after during her theatre and clinic visits, and has the best care and support for the duration of the cycle.
This Known Egg Donors program requires the donor to undergo counselling sessions:
- With a psychologist at the selected fertility clinic in Brisbane.
- Via Skype in the egg donor’s home country, as well as.
- With the Intending Parents once the Known Donor arrives in Brisbane.
All counselling and support facilities are available to the Known Donor before, during, and after the oocyte donation cycle.
There are a series of blood tests that the Known Donor and Intending Parents would be required to undergo before beginning a Donor Cycle:
Donor (before undergoing an IVF Cycle): AMH, LH, Progesterone, estradiol, FSH, prolactin, karyotype, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA), HTLV 1&2 and a pap smear. Donors are screened for cystic fibrosis only if the male Intending Parent tests positive for this screen.
Recipient (female Intending Parent): LH, Progesterone, estradiol, FSH, prolactin, testosterone, thyroid function tests, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA).
Male Intending Parent: LH, FSH, prolactin, testosterone, thyroid function tests, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA), karyotype, cystic fibrosis.
Known Egg Donors ensures your treatment is as simple and stress-free as possible.
Health insurance coverage is provided to our Known Donors during the course of their treatment. This insurance is for the purposes of any unforeseen complications related to the treatment cycle. Every procedure has its risks; while donating eggs is an extremely low risk, the health and safety of our Known Donors is a priority to us.
If there are complications requiring unexpected hospitalisation or loss of work time, these are not financially covered by the selected fertility clinic in Brisbane. However, all Known Donors will have Standard Health cover purchased by their recipient couple. This health cover will be provided by Bupa should there be any unforeseen complications so that the Known Egg Donor is covered up to Australian standards.
Bupa benefits from being part of a secure, international family that provides health and care services in more than 190 countries and draw upon their local and international experience to provide Australians and New Zealanders with high quality health and care services, support and advice.
Altruistic Known Donors receive no valuable compensation as Australian legislation prevents payment for any human tissues. All routine out-of-pocket expenses for an egg donor are reimbursed by the recipient to whom the egg donor is donating.
Known Egg Donors books and covers your flights, travel and accommodation costs on your behalf. We cover all donor testing, medical screening, medical costs and medication costs (excluding donor birth control pills as it is a requirement for donors to be on birth control prior to donor cycle.
Prior to fertilisation
- Egg donors can withdraw or change their consent prior to fertilisation of the eggs.
- Once fertilisation has taken place, the embryo belongs to the recipient.
- As an egg donor you have no legal rights or responsibilities to any child born as a result of egg donation.
- Under Australian law, the woman giving birth to the child is the legal mother of any child born.
- The intending parents are legally and financially responsible for the child / children and have full custody and parent rights to that child / children.
- The donor has no legal rights to the child / children and has no financial or legal responsibilities.