Egg Donation FAQs

You have questions, and we have answers. Our medical director and egg donor coordinators are here for you.

California Cryobank's Medical Director, Jaime Shamonki, M.D., answers the questions most frequently asked about becoming an egg donor.
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We’re looking for healthy and educated 21-33 year old women. Applicants should be in good health, non-smokers, drug-free, of normal BMI, and legally allowed to work in the USA.
There will be a series of visits to our office and to physicians’ offices to help determine your acceptability as a donor. The egg retrieval process will require additional visits to a local physician office. Visit our How-it-Works page for more detailed information on the process.
You can qualify to be an egg donor in as quickly as six weeks. Once selected, you can cycle with your next period and complete the egg retrieval process less than two weeks later. The actual procedure takes less than 20 minutes.
The timing is fairly flexible until the two week period leading up to the egg retrieval. Typically, in the 8-10 days before your retrieval, you will have to go to the doctor’s office several times for check-ups, and these appointments will usually be early in the morning. You will need to take a day off on the day of the egg retrieval and have a friend or family member drive you home. Read more about our egg donation process.
At this time we can only screen donors in Los Angeles, New York, Stamford, Phoenix, and Spokane. However, you should call us and speak with our egg donor coordinator. We may be coming to a city near you soon.
Yes. One of the great benefits about our frozen egg program is the flexibility: you can donate on your time and schedule. There is no need to match the sensitive timing of an intended parent because we cryogenically freeze your eggs. So other than the time period leading up to the egg retrieval (typically 8-10 days), the timing is flexible.
We limit egg donors to six (6) egg donation cycles. Therefore, you can donate up to six times in your lifetime.
Our donors must be legally allowed to work in the US. Unfortunately, we do not provide sponsorship for visa applicants. We encourage you to reach out to us with details about your status and we will determine if you qualify.
Surrogates have fertilized eggs transferred to their uterus with the intention to carry a pregnancy to term. Egg donation simply involves retrieving eggs and making them available for in vitro fertilization for a prospective parent. CCB does not facilitate surrogacy.
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Egg donation requires stimulation of the ovaries to produce several mature eggs and subsequent retrieval of those eggs. A common side effect of the stimulation is bloating. Egg donors should be aware that it’s easier to get pregnant if they engage in intercourse during the stimulation process. Egg stimulation and retrieval is a safe and routine medical procedure, though there are some associated risks. Very rare complications include infection, ovarian torsion (twisting), and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). When you come into our office, we will review all of the potential risks and side effects with you and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
We are founded by physicians and have over 35 years of experience in the reproductive industry. We have helped people achieve their dreams of starting a family since 1977. Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help you through every step of the process!
California Cryobank conducts a screening process to qualify egg donors for our program. Not all applicants will be qualified as potential egg donors. A qualified egg donor must be selected for donation and undergo the egg retrieval to receive the full compensation advertised. As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with human egg donation. Before an egg donor agrees to begin the egg donation process, she is required to receive specific information on the known risks associated with egg donation. Consultation with your doctor prior to entering into a donor contract is advised.