Knowing the most common egg donor requirements is essential to a speedy application process. The most important thing to know is that egg donor agencies all have slightly different requirements for their donors. While one agency may require a BMI (body mass index) of 27 or lower, another may allow women with a BMI of 28 or 29. This means you could be considered a perfectly acceptable egg donor at one agency, but unqualified at another, so don’t hesitate to complete multiple applications with different agencies.
You are 18-30 years old. Being too young means you can’t legally consent to the procedure, and being in your 30s or older leads to increasing problems with egg quality. Some agencies cut off a little older, but you must be at least 18.
You don’t have reproductive disorders or conditions that cause infertility.
You don’t smoke cigarettes. Smoking is not only bad for your health, it almost always disqualifies you from donating eggs.
You don’t abuse illegal drugs. Agencies screen for use of marijuana, crystal meth, cocaine, oxycontin, and and others. Testing positive for any of these drugs means you won’t get to sign a contract.
You are a “healthy” weight. Each egg donor program has their own standards for what counts as a healthy weight. In general, programs like an egg donor’s body mass index to be between 18 and 27, though many accept women with BMIs as high as 29. I realize a person can be healthy and fat at the same time, but egg donation clinics usually go the numbers.
You don’t have certain diseases. Donors are always screened for genetic diseases and STDs. The specific diseases vary, but usually include Tay Sachs, cystic fibrosis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, fragile X syndrome, HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea, and HPV (human papilloma virus).
You don’t have a history of mental illness. Having a history (or a family history) of schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, or eating disorders means you probably won’t be able to make it through the psychological screening process.
Other Egg Donor Requirements
You haven’t had any tattoos, body piercings or blood transfusions within the past 12 months.
You must be able to travel to appointments at the agency and fertility clinic. If you don’t have reliable form of transportation to get to appointments, you may not be eligible.
You must be reliable and punctual with appointments. This is less of a requirement than an ideal quality. But really, if you know you’re not good with keeping appointments and calling people back, donating eggs might not be right for you.
For more tips and advice on becoming an egg donor, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Donating Eggs.