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If you’re exploring the donor egg route to parenthood, you’ve probably struggled through various fertility treatments. Your doctor has likely informed you that the problem lies with your egg quality and recommended donor egg as the next step. While coping with your anger, anxiety, and grief, you must now consider additional treatment.

Exploring these questions with your partner may help:

  • How important is having a baby with a genetic connection to one of you?
  • Is adopting a baby an option? Why? Why not?
  • Can we afford additional infertility treatment?
  • Do we want to take another chance, face possible disappointment?
  • How many IVF cycles are we willing to undergo?
  • If we choose this route, do we want a known or anonymous egg donor?
  • If we’re successful, will we tell our child, when older, of his/her donor egg conception? Why? Why not?
  • How will I feel carrying and nurturing a child who is genetically my husband’s and not mine?

Conflicting feelings should be welcomed. Sorting them out is part of decision-making.

Women who choose egg donation believe their connection to their babies will come from pregnancy, birth, and nurturing their child. Many women focus on what they treasure about their husbands (e.g., their sharp intelligence, beautiful eyes) that they hope their baby will inherit.

It’s helpful to explore your feelings with a therapist trained in third-party reproduction or with an infertility support group.

Egg donor conception is becoming more common each year. An estimated 100,000 children have been born of donor eggs in the U.S. since 1984, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Comments (52)

hi im 27, i want to donate my egg, after i get married and have kids, so i can help others who wants to build a family and...

Tamar - that is very nice of you to donate your eggs. You can research a Cryobank in your area or call local clinics and ask if they're looking for a donor. If you would like more information on becoming an egg donor feel free to email me directly at

I am 30 years old, and had a tubal-ligation performed about six years ago would I still be able to become a donor? I hadn't consider the possibility that I could until a friend told me that it was possible to become an egg donor even after this procedure. Is this true or not? I would like to be able to help a couple bring a baby into the world and the compensation would be helpful with being able to pay off my college debt.

Hi Kae,

You may be able to donate your eggs, but should consult a fertility doctor first.

Best of luck,


Hi, my name is Bonnie and i am about to turn 39 I have had a partial hyserectomy but my ovaries are still in tact is there an agency that takes eggs over 35 out there that pays.

Hi Bonnie,

Typically egg donors are between the ages of 21-30. Once we reach the age of 35, our egg quality declines.


Hi Wantingtogive - The first step would be to contact fertility clinics or egg donation agencies in your area. They can let you know what their requirements are. Or, if the fertility clinic does recruit egg donors, they can refer you to an agency.


What a wonderful gift you will give someone! The first step for egg donation would be to contact a fertility clinic near you. You can use our clinic directory to find one. Just look up to the right sidebar and click on the button for fertility clinic, and enter your zip code. They'll help you figure out what's next!

There is more content on egg donation on the site:

Getting Started
Anonymous and Known Egg Donation
Egg Donor Screening
Process: Donor Perspective
Process: Recipient Perspective
Shared Egg Donation Cycles

hi my name is kaylee. i am 23 years old and i am currently 20 weeks pregnant with twins. i also have a 4 year old and a 10 month old. i was wondering how long i would have to wait to donate some of my eggs after delivering and if there were any fertility clinics around the corpus christi texas area. i am considering donation because i want women to experience what a joy haveing children is they are worth it. i am also wondering if you have more information on egg donation. ive been curious for awhile but havennt had much time to look it up.


My husband and I recently had issues becoming pregnant. I was tested and was fine however it was my husband who had the issue after having a vasectomy reversal. We tried for over two years to become pregnant. Finally we are the proud parents to a 14 month old. He has 2 children from a previous marriage and after what we went through and the amount of money it cost we can not afford to go through the process again. Therefore, I was wanting more info on donating my eggs. I realize the struggle and emotions that you go through when you can't get pregnant and would love to help somebody else!

I was wanting more information on donating my eggs. I have two children already and would like to help others who can't have children. I was also wondering how the procedure will go and if there is a pay out for it. I know that's a little greedy but I have to support the family i have also.

i would like to find out more about being able to give, the gift of life, by donating my "eggs". I am a mother of four children and it would be a blessing to be able to assist families that are unable to have children.

I'm 20 and i want to donate my eggs. i want to help someone who can't have children of their own. I would like more information.

i am 40 but i'm very young looking and healthy not much past history problems in family. I would like to become an egg donor so i can help families have children. I have 2 kids and they are good children and are later teenagers now. so i live in michigan is there a place i can go to donate my eggs. please let me know.

i was considering becoming a egg donor but i am 41 and am i too old i have had two wonderful,beautiful,healthy children with no complications. i am willing to commit to what it takes to help a family have there dream as i family history is an extremely healthly one all my grandparents died in there 80s and 90s of just old age.i have no medical conditions in my family and we make beautiful blonde hair blue eyed babies......

i was considering becoming a egg donor but i am 41 and am i too old i have had two wonderful,beautiful,healthy children with no complications. i am willing to commit to what it takes to help a family have there dream as i family history is an extremely healthly one all my grandparents died in there 80s and 90s of just old age.i have no medical conditions in my family and we make beautiful blonde hair blue eyed babies......

If you're interested in donating your eggs, you should contact an egg donation agency in your area or a fertility clinic that has an egg donation program. You can search for fertility clinics on our site - simply type in your zip code in the Find a Local Expert search.


I am 30 years old and was interested in donating my eggs...however I live in Louisiana and am in a small town is there any place in the Alexandria or Monroe area?

The cutoff for donating eggs is generally early 30s.

Most programs accept egg donors up to their early 30s.

Egg donors are usually in their early 20s. Most egg donation programs have an age limit for their donors: mid-to-late 20s, possibly early 30s. Best, Claire.

Hi, I am 19 years old, but will be 20 in just a couple months. I would really like to help someone who is unable to have a little miricle of their own. I live in missouri. I was wondering where/how I find out if I'm eligable to donate. If you have any imfortation please let me know. Thank you so much!

Hello! I am 39 and had considered donating my eggs but I fear I may be too old. Is there still a chance for me to donate?

I am also 39 soon and wondering if I'm too old. I have had 4 children and never had a problem conciving and would like to help. Could I still help?

I am 31 and I have had a tubal ligation and am considering donating some of my eggs to help couples that haven't been given the joys of having kids. I live in Minnesota and would like to learn how to go about donating.

hello i am a 20 year old women with a husband in the military i have always wanted to help people unable to have the joy of having a baby and i am look to help anyone and everyone please contact

hello, i am 20 years old and considering egg donation. i would like more information about it. i have had a child three years ago and put her up for adoption. i would love to be able to continue to help couples be able to have children. thank you.

hello . i am 20 years old and i was considering egg donation . i just had my first child and i would love to be able to give the joy of parenthood to someone else .i just had a few questions about it . first , if i were to become a donor how many times would i have to donate? second , i was wondering at what age can you become a donor . and third what type of procedure would i have to undergo as far as surgery and hormone injections and what are the dangers if any . so if u could send me a list of qualifications i would greatly appreciate it . thank you so much .

What is the cut-off age for egg donation. I have been considering donating one of mine. Unfortunately I think I may have waited too long. If the rules can be bent a little I am 35. Please send me a list of qualifications you must have and what you are actually looking for in a donor. This isn't surrogacy is it? Thank you.

Im 24 n im considering to donate.. is it a problem that i have been fixed?? n please can u send me more info and the place in illinois that i can look into.. thank u

You can donate if you've had a tubal ligation. As long as you meet the other criteria listed at the agencies.
I founded the Center for Egg Options Illinois and there are a few more you can contact through a search.
Hope that helps!

i would like to find out more about donating eggs to women. could you please send me more information on this?

hello i was wondering what the process is to donate eggs i know ther are a lot of women out there that want children and i would like to help by giving some of my eggs away please contact me with more information thank you

I'm 23 and considering donating eggs. Do I have to take hormone injections in order to donate? Thanks!!

would you please send me more information on egg donation. how to get screened and how much it pays.


melissa thompson

I have been wondering about this for a while now, could you please send me as much information I would realy appreciate it.

Are there any clinics in the NJ/PA/NY area that accept egg donors over the age of 35? I would like to help someone out by donating an egg if eligible. But many clinics have a cut off of 34. Thanks.


I'm interested in learning more about egg donation. Are they any risk involved during or after the procedure? Are there any other conditions besides the ones listed on the page that I would need to know? More details on how much you would get paid per egg? I appreciate your response


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