About Becoming an Egg Donor

We appreciate your interest in the Donor Egg Program at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies (FIRST) and are very pleased to be able to provide donor eggs to women who, for various reasons, are unable to have children using their own eggs.

The use of donor eggs is a technique that carries a very good chance of the recipient giving birth to a baby. Our team has had vast experience and much success using donor eggs.  To get inspired about being an egg donor, click on the letter written by one of our donor egg recipients:

If you are under 32 years old, you can help a woman become pregnant by donating your eggs.  The process is not painful or dangerous, nor does it harm your fertility, but before you contact us to enter our program, we want you to understand the procedures involved in harvesting your eggs.  Please take the time to carefully read through all the following information below:

The success of the egg donation procedure is partially dependent on how many eggs we are able to retrieve from your ovaries. To monitor your response to the ovarian stimulation process, which involves injecting yourself on a daily basis for about a week and a half, as described below, you will need to come to our office for frequent blood tests and vaginal ultrasound exams. About four visits during the time you are taking the daily hormone injections are required. You will be able to complete the entire process (including preliminary office visits) in about six or seven total visits. Please do not consider egg donation if you have a tight schedule or inflexible working hours.

You will have to take injectable medication to stimulate your ovaries to produce extra eggs.  The injection technique is very similar to the way a diabetic injects insulin, using a very tiny, thin, short needle that is inserted just under the skin. You may be instructed to inject yourself once, twice, or sometimes three times a day. Injections must be taken at a precise, indicated time or they will not be effective.  When the eggs are mature, they are retrieved through a needle that is inserted through the vaginal wall into the ovaries. During this very safe, outpatient procedure, which lasts about 15 minutes, you are sedated so that you have no discomfort. After the retrieval, you can resume normal activities the following day.

Dr. Selub is specially trained to perform the egg harvesting procedure, which takes place at the Surgery Center of Weston, located on the second floor of the Broward Health Weston building, in Weston, Florida., in the same building in which our office is located.  You will receive intravenous medications for light sedation in the surgery center, so you will need to have someone to drive you home that day.  

Only after following all instructions properly and completing the egg donation process, will you receive a $3,000.00 honorarium payment to compensate you for your time and effort.  Your check will arrive by mail within five to ten business days following your egg retrieval procedure if you are an anonymous egg donor for FIRST. Donors from outside agencies will be compensated according to the arrangements they have made with their agency and egg donors known to their recipients may make whatever arrangements they wish.

If you are still interested in becoming an egg donor and wish to be considered for our program, contact Debbie Carmichael at the telephone number appearing above, or by email at [email protected]  She will send you a form to  fill it out.  After filling out the form, you may email it to us at [email protected], drop it off in person, or mail it to the address appearing on our home page.  

Please include a recent photograph of yourself; recipients of anonymous donor eggs often request to see pictures of potential egg donors to help them make a decision and feel more comfortable with the process.

Once we receive the completed form from you, you may be asked to come to our office to complete the screening process.  If you are selected by a recipient to donate eggs anonymously, we will contact you to check on your availability and make arrangements with you to begin the process.

We appreciate your desire to give of yourself to help another, and look forward to hearing from you soon. Please do not hesitate to call if you have further questions.

 

Broward County Office:

2300 N. Commerce Parkway

Suite 315

Weston, FL 33326