Medical Monday - Who Becomes an Egg Donor
The Egg Donor Experience
Our entire medical team is committed to making each egg donor’s experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. We facilitate the egg donation process by providing all the necessary screening and education about the process, testings and medications, and by handling every aspect of the egg retrieval procedure.
How to Become an Egg Donor in Connecticut (CT) & New York (NY)
To be an egg donor at RMACT, you must be between the ages of 21 and 32 and meet certain health criteria. The first step in the donation process is to submit a recent photo and complete a detailed questionnaire, which is reviewed by the Egg Donation Team to determine if it is appropriate that you continue with the donor screening process. You will be contacted by our Donor Egg Coordinator as to the status of your application. If accepted to advance in the selection process, you will be asked to complete a detailed application and undergo a series of medical and psychological tests. Eligible egg donors then work with a coordinator at RMA to discuss the program in more detail and to schedule the required medical and psychological tests.
Egg Donation Process
The screening process usually entails a half day of appointments. A donor is formally accepted into the program about three weeks later. Once chosen by a recipient, the actual donation process includes about two weeks of frequent visits to the office involving blood draws and ultrasound.
Egg donors at RMACT can remain anonymous and are compensated $8,000 for their time and their commitment to completing an egg donation cycle.
Egg Donation Procedure
Approved egg donors are treated with commonly used fertility medications. The eggs are retrieved in an out-patient surgical procedure at RMACT’s Norwalk office. After the procedure, donors typically have one follow-up visit with our medical team. Donors are compensated at the time of egg retrieval.
If you have questions, call the RMA Egg Donor Team at 203-750-7407. To learn more about egg donation and RMACT online click here.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.