Egg Donation

Simple, Rewarding, Impactful

Our mentors work with Canadian women just like you who are ready to help others who can't start a family on their own.

ANU Fertility Consultants guides Egg Donors through the rewarding process of providing their eggs to couples and individuals who are unable to conceive or have had difficulty conceiving. 

We mentor you every step of the way. 

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Becoming an Egg Donor

- The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Egg Donor - Everything you need to know about the journey ahead.

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4 Egg Donor Myths

4 Egg Donor Facts

The Ultimate Guide

To Becoming An

Egg Donor In Canada

We are so happy that you have expressed an interest in becoming an Egg Donor and genuinely appreciate you considering giving this precious gift to these hopeful families.

There is an incredibly unique family just waiting for your amazing gift.

We do everything in our power to make this process as simple as possible.

This guide is written to answer the most fundamental questions about becoming an Egg Donor and will probably help create a few additional questions that we would be happy to respond to just as soon are you’re ready. 

What Will I Learn In This Guide?

Am I A Candidate To Be An Egg Donor?

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions then you’re already halfway there.

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Compensation Explanation - Do I Get Paid To Be An Egg Donor?

While Egg Donation is absolutely legal in Canada, we cannot pay Donors for their amazing gift. 

Donors, however, have all of their related expenses reimbursed.  For most egg donors, this amount will be up to $6,500 for first-time donors.

All your expenses are covered from beginning to end. We work closely with you and walk you through the receipt management process to make sure you’re thoroughly reimbursed.  

Some examples of expenses that are reimbursable include:be

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Who Needs A Donor?

There are many reasons an Intended Parent might need an egg donor, including:

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Where Do My Eggs Go?

One of the most meaningful features of our service is that once the Intended Parents select you, then YOU get to make the final decision as to whether or not you want to work with them.

While many agencies don’t do this, we believe it helps create a connection between Parent, Surrogate and Egg Donor that is much stronger.

We are also one of the few agencies that encourages and supports a donor to choose if they wish to be a known or anonymous donor.

Ultimately it is for you to decide where your eggs go.

Of course, if you already know the Intended Parent, we support that too!

What Happens First?

The first step to Egg Donation is filling out an application.

This is the form you’ll fill out to see if you qualify. It allows us to get a general picture of your health and to determine if egg donorship is the right fit for you.

Your Health History

When it comes to questions about your health history, we’ll start with some of the most obvious things; such as a history of young cancer in the family, any diagnosed mental health issues, severe genetic disorders, and drug or alcohol misuse.

The Retrieval Procedure

The retrieval will occur at the IVF centre, in an operating or procedure room. A vaginal ultrasound probe, with a needle guide, is inserted into the vagina. The tip of the needle enters the ovaries and aspirates each follicle for an egg.

Did you know?

 Eggs develop in your ovaries in fluid filled sacs called follicles.
The follicles can be observed and measured through ultrasound; each follicle contains one microscopic egg.
The egg is attaches itself loosely to the follicle wall.

After Eggs Are Retrieved

After the eggs are retrieved, they are identified, rinsed in culture media, and then placed in plastic culture dishes. On average 10-30 eggs are extracted during the procedure. Not long after the eggs are retrieved, they are placed in a culture dish fertilized with the sperm, cultured for 3-5 days, and then frozen for future use (or used fresh right away).

Jessie – ANU Fertility Egg Donor

The Egg Donation Process

Fill out our initial application form. Your information is reviewed and if accepted, you’ll be asked to fill out a detailed personal profile.

When filling out your detailed personal profile, it’s important to keep in mind that ultimately, this becomes your profile and will act as your first point of contact with the Intended Parents. Your profile is kind of like your resume and we want to make sure you showcase yourself in the best way possible.

We want you to put your best foot forward. Good quality, high-res photos and a thoughtful approach are required.

Here you fill out a detailed family history and background of yourself. This helps give us (and you) an overall picture of your health. We’ll also provide you with guidance to help make sure this is the right decision for you.
Application Approval by Clinic
On average it takes a week to hear back. If the doctor has any questions or concerns, we’ll pass them along to you for clarification.
Application Approval by Clinic
Egg Donor Matching
What’s the right fit for you? Maybe you want to give back to the LGBTQIA2+ community. Maybe you want to give back to a single parent who just wants to be a parent like you.

There are so many reasons and we want to make sure that your values and the value of the Intended Parents are in alignment. You might just want to help someone grow their family. And really—that is the main reason for Egg Donorship in the first place.

Once Intended Parents choose your profile, it’s up to you to decide if this is a good fit for you. Does it fit your timeline? The choice to move forward is fully yours.
Egg Donor Matching
Medical Appointment
After you’re matched with the Intended Parent, the clinic will connect with you for an appointment:

  • Meet the doctor and the medical team
  • Blood work for infectious disease, hormone levels, and genetic testing
  • Ultrasound of your ovaries
  • Counselling – another discussion to make sure you understand everything and that it is right for you.
It will take up to 6 weeks to have all the results back. Before the appointment, we’ll guide you, step-by-step, through what to expect at the clinic.

Medical Appointment
The contract will outline the responsibilities divided between you and the Intended Parents. Basically it means, you’re not going to go out and go skydiving during the donor process.

It’s essentially an agreement that says you agree to be, “healthy and safe!”

It also says that you don’t have any parental rights or responsibilities. The Intended Parents are responsible for the baby—you are not! We will refer you to an experienced Egg Donor lawyer that will walk you through your contract. A legal agreement is established for the benefit and protection of everyone involved.
Medication Cycle and Monitoring
Naturally, you produce 1-2 eggs per month, if you don’t fertilize the egg it sheds with the lining and you get your period.

In order to produce many eggs in one cycle, you will need to take a series of injections to stimulate your ovaries to prepare many eggs for ovulation. You will be monitored closely over about 12 days to make sure that you are responding well to the medication, and are healthy and safe.

When the eggs are ready, the clinic will administer what’s called the trigger injection – this makes the eggs release so they can be retrieved. You will probably produce from 10 – 30 eggs which will be retrieved by the doctor approximately 36 hours after the trigger injection.
Medication Cycle and Monitoring
Ready For Procedure
When your cycle is coming to an end, you will begin the egg retrieval procedure which typically occurs at the clinic in the morning.
Ready For Procedure
Egg Retrieval Day!
Retrieval of eggs happens approximately 12 days after the start of the medications. You will need to be within the vicinity of the clinic during these 12 days. It’s very likely that you are going to travel (all expenses are covered).

This is a 20 to 30-minute procedure at the clinic, done under sedation where the doctor retrieves the eggs from your ovaries.

After the procedure, you rest for a bit and go back to your hotel or home.
Egg Retrieval Day!
You’ll go back to your hotel room or home, the sedation is basically the same as you get at the dental clinic—so no driving as you’ll need to rest for up to 24 hours.

If there are no complications (which are rare), you’re free to get back to your normal routine and submit your receipts for reimbursement.
Tera & Tanisha – ANU Fertility Egg Donors

Egg Donation
Frequently Answered Questions

There are both known and anonymous egg donations.  You have full control, and we will walk you through what that will look like.

The Intended Parents have complete care and responsibility for the child.

You cannot technically get paid to donate eggs, however, all expenses related to the donation are reimbursed (Food, clothing, lost wages, childcare, travel, etc.) will be covered during the process.  This is typically around $6,500 for first-time donors.  

Between 19 and 32 years old.

There are no known long-term side effects from egg donation.

Giving the gift of parenthood to a deserving couple is a life-changing experience. Having said that, there are parts of the process like meds and the procedure that will give you some discomfort.

It depends on your overall health and desire to donate. Some women have given once, some have donated multiple times because they love the experience.

On average we find that women perform 3 – 10 donations in their lifetime.  

We’ve had some superstars donate more than a dozen times but ultimately the choice is up to you (and your doctor) and what you feel comfortable doing.

Yes – we understand that life can be busy sometimes – we will work around you. 

We want this to be the right fit for your life.

Yes, many of our donors have gone on to have beautiful, healthy babies.

For every medical procedure, there are risks involved (there are even risks to getting your tonsils removed).

We work in lock-step with the clinic where they closely monitor your health every step of the way.

To ensure your health and safety, as the retrieval date nears, they’ll track your blood work and do an ultrasound to see how fast your eggs are growing and that you’re in the best health possible.

From beginning to end it usually take around 2-3 months.
  • Gonal F
  • Follicle Stimulation Hormones (FHS or Gonadotropin)
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

No, however, the procedure is performed under twilight sedation (similar to when you get dental work done) and generally takes about 30 mins.

There is some discomfort for sure, but you’ll be put into twilight sedation for the actual procedure.

For the first 24 hours you are recovering from sedation, so you’ll be groggy – which is why you have a support person with you.  

Most people will recover completely within 48 hours and some can take up to 7 days.

This is the I AM; podcast hosted by Maria Szott and Jara Hallett. This is the show where we embrace meaningful conversations with incredible individuals making waves in the world through surrogacy & egg donation in Canada.

In each episode, we'll dive into some aspects of what it really means to be a part of the journey of growing a family ... all for the love of it!

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