What is involved in the egg donation process?
Additional materials will be provided to the donor candidate to explain the process that would be used to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Certain monitoring procedures, including ultrasounds and hormone blood levels, will be necessary to follow the donor's progress.

At the appropriate time, the eggs will be removed from the donor under ultrasound guidance using a slender needle placed through the vagina, while the donor is under controlled intravenous sedation. This process is safe and relatively painless and is performed with great care in the SRMS facility. Typically, the donor is able to return to work the day following the egg retrieval.

Sperm from the egg recipient's husband will then be used to fertilize the retrieved eggs in the laboratory through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the resulting embryos will be incubated for a number of days. A small number of embryos then will be placed into the recipient's uterus with the remainder frozen in liquid nitrogen for use in a later cycle.

If I become a donor, will I be paid for my services?
If you become an egg donor, you will be reimbursed a reasonable fee to offset your potential loss of time from work and to cover your travel expenses to and from the SRMS facility. It is important, however, that you base your decision to participate not on monetary compensation, but on a desire to help a couple have a child.

How can I participate in the egg donor or surrogacy program?

If you wish to become an egg donor, please contact SRMS at (239) 275-8118 OR your may click here for a link to the required forms.

If you meet the criteria, your basic characteristics; e.g. hair and eye color, weight, ethnic background, will be placed in a database for review by intended couples. If a couple chooses your characteristics from the information you supply, you will be contacted by the SRMS staff. While exceptions may be made occasionally, it is ideal that the egg donor live within 100 miles of so of the facility to minimize travel time when coming to the clinic.

Once you are chosen, you will then meet with the nursing staff of SRMS. At this meeting, the basic egg donation process will be reviewed and your questions answered.

You will then participate in a psychological consultation and evaluation. If you have a husband or partner, it is desirable for him to be involved in this process as well.

You will then be asked for a detailed medical history, given a physical examination and have several blood tests. If you have a partner, a few blood tests may be required from them as well.

When all testing is finalized, the complete case will be presented to the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Team at SRMS and a final decision will be made regarding acceptance into the program.

As an egg donor, will I have any legal rights or responsibilities to the offspring?
The laws in Florida are constantly changing, but currently, egg donors have no legal rights or responsibilities to the eggs, embryos or offspring.

If you are a friend or relative of the intended couple, your identity will be known to them. If you are an anonymous egg donor, your identity will not be released to the couple.

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Click here to fill out our Egg Doner/Surrogate Application


updated 6/9/09
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