The fact is that many Loving Couples can not or should not get pregnant with their own eggs. Some of the reasons for that are age, illness or to prevent a genetic trait for being passed on to their offspring. In those cases, the Loving Couple must rely on YOU, our Special Someone to become pregnant. In other words, many recipient couples are depending on your compassion and generosity in order to build a family. In fact, a close friend or family member, or even YOU, may some day rely upon an egg donor to become pregnant.
In addition, there are substantial rewards for someone who makes this sacrifice. One of our Loving Couples will be willing to pay you $3,500, $5,000, $7,500 or more for your time, effort and inconvenience depending upon your special attributes or talents and the scarcity of your particular characteristics. Of course, you will control the process in terms of who you are willing to donate to and how much you will require as compensation. [Note: donors cannot be paid over $10,000 under any circumstances.] Please note that throughout the process you will be receiving medical, psychological and to an extent genetic, evaluations and examinations. This process will bring you much information, some of it new, that will enable you to make the right decision and give you peace of mind.
Who is qualified to become an egg donor?
You must be between the ages of 21 and 32 and a non-smoker. You must be in good health and with a family history without genetic or psychological illnesses. Unfortunately, if you are unable to accurately determine your family medical history (for example, because you are adopted), you are not qualified to donate. Your weight must be appropriate for your height.
You may be married and you do not have to be a U.S. Citizen. But please note, not all women qualify as egg donors, and even if you are qualified to donate, you must be mentally prepared and accepting of the fact that your genetic offspring will be born to someone else.
That was easy! What else is required?
You must be on time for all appointments, for example, attend early morning blood tests. You must be able to follow instructions exactly for taking medications in the correct dosages and on time.
There will also be injections (with a small needle) which a friend or relative can administer or you can inject them yourself (in your leg or belly. The doctor will show you how.) You must be willing and agree to donate all the eggs that result from the cycle. Of course, you must refrain from sexual intercourse during the cycle and refrain from using any recreational drugs. Once your eggs are retrieved (removed surgically as explained below), they are inseminated in the doctor’s laboratory, usually with the recipient-husband’s sperm (but occasionally, with donated sperm), and viable embryos are later implanted in the recipient-mother’s womb where the pregnancy will proceed.
After the retrieval and your discharge from the medical facilities, you will receive a Feedback question-naire from Bundles of Joy asking for your input as to your experience and how we can improve!
How soon will I be donating?
Actually, it’s a possible that we have a Loving Couple waiting for YOU, right now! But more likely, you will have to wait for a recipient couple that is looking for you to be their Special Someone. Ordinarily, our Loving Couples will be looking for a donor with particular physical characteristics such as height, eye color and/or hair color. In addition, some of our Loving Couples will be looking for extra attributes in their donor such as previous pregnancies, an advanced education, athletic ability, a certain ethnicity (for example, Jewish, Japanese, African-American, etc.) or have a talent for music, art, dancing, etc. In fact, many Loving Couples assign extra value to one of our Special Someones who have success- fully donated in the past which is a good reason to sign up now! Also, some of our Loving Couples live out of State and will travel to South Florida or will pay for all of your travel expenses to go to them.
No surprises! Here’s exactly how it works
The professional caring staff of Bundles of Joy, LLC personally communicates with every Special Someone to explain the process, answer questions and direct them to the appropriate professionals.
Note that females are born with 10 million eggs in their ovaries but during their reproductive years, they only ovulate a few hundred of these eggs, thus they are not “depleting” their ovaries of eggs.
Screening and matching
If you have not completed a preliminary questionnaire, one is enclosed as well as a return envelope, or, you can go to BundlesofJoyLLC.com and submit the donor’s preliminary questionnaire. Thereafter, an extensive questionnaire will be required as well as at least three (3) photographs that will be seen by our Loving Couples, as follows: a current portrait, a current lifestyle photo and a picture of you as a child. Where applicable, including a picture of your children is highly desirable to our Loving Couples. The results of the screening procedures are used to determine if you are qualified to receive the medical, gynecological, psychological and genetic testing necessary to qualify you as one of our egg donors. Thereafter, this information will be used by our Loving Couples to select their Special Someone. Please note, however, that not every donor will be matched. If you are chosen by one of our Loving Couples, a blood test is administered during your menstrual cycle. Thereafter, you will be given a psychological test to ascertain that you are psychologically equipped to become an egg donor and to make sure that your decision is a well-informed and mature one. Lastly, you are given medical, gynecologic and genetic exams and a timetable will be coordinated with your Loving Couple.
Medications, professional monitoring and retrieval
For approximately two (2) weeks, the donor receives injections of female hormones (fertility drugs) which cause the ovaries to mature more eggs than usual per cycle. Although these eggs would ordinarily be produced anyway, they would remain undeveloped and be passed out of the body during the next menstrual cycle. This two-week period is referred to as the “stimulation phase” during which time the donor will be closely monitored with different procedures such as ultrasounds (which use sound waves, not dangerous x-rays) and blood tests. After the stimulation phase (usually within two (2) days), the retrieval procedure begins. The donor will receive general anesthesia from an anesthesiologist and the Loving Couple’s doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist, will retrieve all of the donor’s mature eggs. Please note, however, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. We strongly urge you to consult your family doctor and personal gynecologist as well as the Loving Couple’s reproductive endocrinologist to discuss these risks and potential complications. The retrieval process takes less than one hour and you will wake up shortly afterwards. After the retrieval, there is a recovery period of no more than two (2) hours after which you will be cleared to go home. At this time, you, our Special Someone will receive the agreed-upon compensation (whether a pregnancy occurs or not) and will also receive a special thank you gift from Bundles of Joy, LLC! We ask that you stay in touch with the Bundles of Joy offices, however, and maintain a current address and telephone numbers on file at all times since we may try to contact you regarding other donation opportunities or in the rare situation, where additional information arises or is needed, such as health history, or if you or a family member develops a serious illness especially where known to be genetic.
Is there anything else I should know?
Once you become one of our Loving Couples’ Special Someone, screening can begin immediately after your next menstrual cycle. In three (3) months, the eggs are retrieved. All screening as well as the injection procedures occurs during this three (3) month process and all costs are borne by the Loving Couple. All appointments are scheduled, to the extent possible, around your work or school schedule in order to minimize vacation time required. Please note that your body will recover within a day or two after which a new cycle will begin. Your having donated your eggs from one cycle will not affect in any way your future cycles and most importantly, your ability to have a family of your own when you are ready. Please also note that depending upon the particular reproductive endocrinologist used by the Loving Couple, you may be asked to submit to random drug test during the process.
If the recipient-mother becomes pregnant and later delivers a child, she will be the birth mother and the lawful mother for all legal purposes even though the child is genetically related to you. You will be required to sign an acknowledgement of that fact as well as a contract with the Loving Couple although you will be provided with legal counsel. Unfortunately, you will not be entitled to any compensation whatsoever if the eggs are not retrieved through any fault of your own (such as a failed random drug test). However, if the recipient couple is unable or unwilling to complete the process, you will still be compensated a percentage thereof, possibly 100%, depending upon the stage of the procedure you are at. Also, please note that on occasion, our Loving Couple will actually be a loving Single Mother without a male partner who will be using both egg and sperm donors or a Loving Couple who will be utilizing a surrogate to carry the embryo to term. It is also possible that our Loving Couple will be a same-sex couple. Our Special Someones are always advised of the status of their recipients at the outset and their decision whether to donate is final. Also, it is possible that the recipients will not utilize all of their embryos immediately, choosing instead, for example, to freeze unused embryos for future pregnancies. Bundles of Joy, LLC is not responsible for the ultimate use of the donated eggs.
Rest assured that throughout the process, Bundles of Joy, LLC as well as all of the parties involved, will maintain the strictest confidentiality. All Special Someones’ identities are withheld from their respective Loving Couples who are given only a reference number and your first name. Once you complete the process, many donors experience so much personal satisfaction from having helped a Loving Couple bring their own little Bundle of Joy into the world, that you will be ready to donate again, although we request that you wait at least sixty (60) days between donation cycles.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
It is the generosity of women like you that allow couples struggling with infertility the possibility to reach the biggest dream in their lives: becoming parents. These couples have exhausted all medical treatments designed to conceive with their own ovum. With Bundles of Joy YOU can become their hero and somebody they will thank for the rest of their lives.
We invite you to apply to become an egg donor and EARN UP TO $8000. We will help you make an informed decision and guide you through out the process.
- Healthy woman: Ages 21 – 29 years old.
- Healthy lifestyle: no smoking and no illegal drugs no alcohol dependency.
- No sexually transmitted diseases.
- No mental health disorders.
- Not adopted.
- No criminal history.
If all your answers were YES, proceed to fill out the pre-application and a representative will call you within 10 business days.
Bundles of Joy donors are all carefully and thoroughly pre-screened including detailed questionnaires and interview(s). Donors will already have provided photographs which have been shown to our Loving Couple or Loving Mother. Results of the pre-screening process are used to determine if a potential donor will be a candidate for exhaustive testing which includes medical, genetic, gynecologic and psychological testing.
Once a potential donor has passed the pre-screening, her information is offered to appropriate Loving Couples and Loving Mothers for their consideration based upon their criteria and preferred donor profiles. Once a donor is matched, bundles of Joy begins their coordination and scheduling services as liaison between the donor, Loving Couple or Loving Mother and medical facility.
DONOR INITIAL TESTING
When a potential donor is matched with a recipient, a blood test is administered on a certain day of her menstrual cycle to determine if she should continue on to the psychological exam.
Once a potential donor passes the initial blood test, she is given a psychological exam by a licensed psychologist experienced in this exact type of analysis to determine if the donor is making a well-informed, reasoned and mature decision. At this stage of the process, potential donors must be completely clear as to their decision and its ramifications and emotionally without conflict. Now it’s just three months until implantation of your embryo!
DONOR MEDICAL AND GENTIC TESTING
The last step of the screening process is comprised of medical and genetic exams conducted by the reproductive endocrinologist. If the donor passes them both, she is ready to begin a donation cycle and is cleared to begin hormone injections to prepare her uterine lining and synchronize her with the recipient.
DONOR INJECTIONS AND PHYSICIAN MONITORING
For approximately 10 to 20 days, the donor is stimulated with hormone injections designed to cause the body to mature more eggs than normal. These eggs would ordinarily remain immature and be eliminated as part of a normal period. During this stimulation phase, the donor is monitored by the reproductive endocrinologist with ultrasound exams and blood tests. At the end of this preparatory timeframe, a final injection is scheduled to prepare all mature eggs for the retrieval procedure.
RETRIEVAL, FERTILIZATION AND REIMPLANTATION
After the last injection, an anesthesiologist will sedate the donor and the reproductive endocrinologist will retrieve all of the donor’s mature eggs. After the retrieval, the recipient’s male partner (or sperm donor) provides sperm and the eggs are fertilized and incubated while they mature. After the fertilized eggs have developed into embryos over several days, a small number of them (usually two) are selected and implanted in the recipient’s womb to develop as a normal pregnancy. Unused embryos can be frozen for future use, donated or disposed of. However, most Loving Couples and Loving Mothers retain unused embryos as potential future brothers and sisters of their babies or for implantation in the event the procedure proves unsuccessful. There are many facilities that offer the necessary freezing technology at minimal cost.
1- Q. Who may be an egg donor?
Any healthy and non-smoker woman 21-30 years of age who is willing to complete the procedure as determined by the assisted reproduction physician. You must be in good health with a family history without genetic or psychological diseases. If you are unable to determine your family history (for example if you are adopted), you are not qualified to donate. Your weight must be appropriate for your height. You may be married and you do not have to be a U.S. citizen. But please note, not all women qualify as egg donors, and even if you are qualified to donate, you must be mentally prepared and accepting of the fact that your genetic offspring will be born to someone else.
2- Q. What is the reason that a potential mother may need my eggs?
The fact is that many Intended Parents cannot or should not get pregnant with their own eggs. Some of the reasons for that are age, illness or to prevent a genetic trait for being passed on to their offspring. In those cases, the Intended Parents must rely upon YOU, our Egg Donor, to become pregnant. In other words, many Intended Parents are depending on your compassion and generosity in order to start or build a family. In fact, a close friend or family member, or even YOU, may some day have to rely upon an egg donor to become pregnant!
3- Q. Will I be compensated?
There are substantial rewards for someone who makes this sacrifice. One of our Intended Parents will be willing to pay you $5,000, $7,500 or more for your time, effort and inconvenience depending upon your special attributes or talents and the scarcity of your particular characteristics. Of course, you will control the process in terms of who you are willing to donate to and how much you will require as compensation. [Note: donors cannot be paid over $10,000 under any circumstances.]
4- Q. Can you briefly describe the procedure?
You must be on time for all appointments, for example, attend early morning blood tests. You must be able to follow instructions exactly for taking medications in the correct dosages and on time. There will also be injections (with a small needle) which a friend or relative can administer or you can inject them yourself (in your leg or belly. The doctor or the nurse will show you how.) You must be willing and agree to donate all the eggs that result from the cycle. Of course, you must refrain from sexual intercourse during the cycle and refrain from using any recreational drugs. Once your eggs are retrieved (removed surgically as explained below but without any incisions), they are inseminated in the doctor’s laboratory, usually with the Intended Mother’s husband’s sperm (but occasionally, with donated sperm), and viable embryos are later implanted in the Intended Mother’s womb where the pregnancy will proceed. After the retrieval and your discharge from the medical facilities, you will be paid your fee and all expenses in full by Bundles of Joy.
5- Q. How many eggs will be withdrawn? Will I be able to have children after this procedure?
The number of eggs varies from cycle to cycle and depends on your age. The doctor removes all the mature eggs of a given cycle. This does not affect in any way your ability to have children in the future. Each month you produce a new batch of eggs. The doctor will be removing eggs that otherwise you would naturally lose during your cycle.
6- Q. Please describe the procedures
1.- the candidate fills in forms and sends photographs for the database where prospective parents will choose her.
2.- the physician of assisted reproduction and the psychologist pre-screen the donor determining if the candidate is healthy and if she will produce the needed eggs for the couple.
3.- Contracts are signed in which the obligations of both parties and the compensation of the donor are detailed.
4.- the donor begins a cycle of contraceptive pills in order to synchronize her period with the period of the potential mother (or the mother surrogate).
5.- the doctor creates a protocol of 9-10 days with hormone injections to stimulate the maturation of all the eggs from the donor. Clinic visits will be required as often as every other day at this point to determine the correct growth of the eggs through blood screening and ultrasounds.
6.- when the eggs are mature, the donor returns to the clinic for the retrieval, which is done vaginally and under local anesthesia. The day of removal will be the only day that bed rest is recommended. Note: this simple procedure is performed vaginally thus avoiding any cuts that could show in the donors belly when wearing a bikini.
7.- the donor receives compensation for her efforts and time according to what had been agreed in the contract.
7- Q. Can I be on birth control pills?
All contraceptive methods are acceptable for a donor, except Depo provera and Norplant because they alter the menstrual cycle.
8- Q. Can I donate more than once?
A donor can donate a maximum of six cycles.
9- Q. Is this going to hurt me?
Everyone has different levels of pain tolerance. We describe this pain as a very uncomfortable period but nothing that prevents the donor from continuing her personal activities like working and studying.
10- Q. How are the eggs withdrawn ?
The assisted reproduction physician will perform the extraction as an outpatient in his office. Guided by ultrasound, he stands with a tiny needle beside each of the egg and absorbs them, without any need to make a cut that can be noticed later when wearing a bikini. This is a simple procedure that takes less than 30 minutes.
11- Q. How long does the procedure take?
10-12 weeks depending on your period from the moment you are chosen.
12- Q. How long does it take to find the parents for whom I will donate?
That will vary depending on the potential parents.
13- Q. What is the compensation and who covers the costs that I might have?
Once the cycle is completed, the donor will receive up to $8,000 plus all-expenses paid by the couple desiring to be parents. including mileage and tolls. All will be covered by the Intended Parents.
14- Q. Will the Prospective parents know my name? Do I have to meet them? And the baby?
Unless you give your permission, egg donations are completely anonymous. All personal information is removed from your profile and only the Agency and your doctor know the identity of all parties. You do not have to meet the couple nor the baby.
15- Q. Will I be informed if there is a baby born as a result of my donation?
All you will know is that you gave to the couple the opportunity to achieve their dream. The result will not be told to you BUT the answer is probably yes if you are asked to donate again! And if you do become a “Proven egg donor,” your compensation will increase.