Egg donation is a fantastic gift to couples who would not have a baby without your assistance. Your gift doesn’t just help create life, but it helps build families.
The first step in egg donation is finding a donor egg agency. Whether you locate an agency through a wanted advertisement or a different route, it’s vital to research the clinic thoroughly.
Here are some tips to help you locate a trustworthy donor egg agency:
Conduct Thorough Online Research
Don’t be misled by a website that appears professional in appearance. Start by perusing through the information stated on the site. Do they clearly explain the egg donation process? Does the website seem like there was effort put into it? Is the agency upfront about its compensation terms and donor risks and requirements? Yes, the agency must explain in detail all the benefits and possible risks (although rare and few) you can face if you proceed with egg donation.
Contact the donor egg agency for an interview.
Call the donor agency directly. Inquire about their staff. Questions you should ask are:
- How long has the agency worked in the domain of assisted reproduction?
- What are the staff’s credentials and training?
- What professionals do they have on staff?
- Are they willing to provide references?
If they are hesitant to provide you with women’s names who’ve previously donated, be extremely wary. Understandably, you want to be selected for egg donation. However, it would help if you made sure the agency is the right choice for you first before deciding that you’re a good fit for them.
Inquire about their compensation
Ask the donor agency about how much compensation they provide a donor. How is it handled? Do they hold it in escrow via a legal firm? Do not put yourself in a position of “just trusting” an agency, hoping that they’ll pay when it’s appropriate.
The range of compensation lies between $3,000 and $8,000. If you’re contacting an agency through an advertisement stating they’re offering $10,000, have some doubts. This figure is not familiar. Be very suspicious if an agency is offering figures in the $20K or more.
Speak to people who know about the clinic
Speak to your gynecologists, friends, neighbors, anyone who might’ve dealt with this particular agency. Do not trust the reviews that you may read online. Many agencies place “scouts” on various message boards. These individuals pretend to be your online pal and offer rave reviews of the agency in question.
A reputable agency will provide sources whom you may contact. If you come across contact information, do follow through.
Examine Professional Associations
If you’re dealing with a fertility clinic, they must be members of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) and ASRM. Visit the Centre for Disease Control’s site and check the donor agency’s success rates.
Read and Ask Questions before Signing Anything
Ensure you get sufficient answers to all your questions before signing a contract or agree to medical testing. Do not stay with an agency if they appear to dodge or provide insufficient answers to your questions.
Trust your Instincts
Amass everything you’ve learned about a particular agency and decide whether you feel convinced by what they’re offering and saying. If your gut instinct feels uneasy, don’t pursue this agency.
With these tips in hand, you can find one that best suits your requirements. Contact Rite Options today to speak to a donor agency.