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Are you considering donating your eggs? Thousands of women each year embark on the egg donation process, an experience that can be meaningful and rewarding. But the industry is changing, and not every agency is keeping up. We still have a long way to go in making the process more accessible, supported, and overall more human-centric. 

Where is the best place to be an egg donor?

At Cofertility, we are striving to be the best place to be an egg donor (or what we call, a Split Member). But don’t just take our word for it, you should do your own homework. In this article, we'll explore what egg donors should look for when choosing a place to donate their eggs.

Know who is behind the company

One thing we always say to look for (that we are shocked is not industry standard) is an About Page. Who is actually running the egg donor program? Are they so proud of what they are doing that they’re putting their name out there and reputation on the line? If you don’t know who is behind an egg donation agency or they only use their first name, RUN!

Look for key industry affiliations

Check if the agency is affiliated with key industry groups, including if they have been accepted as a member to the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation (SEEDS), a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to define and promote ethical behavior by all parties involved in third party reproduction. (Cofertility is a proud member of SEEDS). 

Other affiliations to look for include, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and Gays with Kids. 

Know where your eggs are going

Some agencies downplay the magnitude of the impact you are making as an egg donor. Bringing a new human into this world is a HUGE deal! We believe donors should have a say in where their eggs go. This is why you get to opt-in to any match. You’ll get to learn a little about the family, even meet them virtually, and decide if you want to move forward. You also get to specify your communication preferences up front, giving you real options in the process.

Do they offer donor support and counseling?

The egg donation process can be emotionally challenging for some women. It's important to choose an agency that provides support and counseling services to help if you need it. 

At Cofertility, we have an in-house Medical Advisor who is an expert Fertility Psychologist, Dr. Saira Jhutty. In addition to doing webinars and Q&As, she brings a level of expertise that raises the bar for our program. 

Freeze half your eggs, and store them for up to 10 years, for free

Here’s how we’re truly different. Instead of providing cash compensation (which can feel super icky), our donors get to keep half the eggs retrieved. That includes storage for up to 10 years or until you need them. 

Why did we choose to move away from cash compensation? A 2021 Harvard study found that the majority of donor-conceived adults felt the exchange of money for donor gametes was wrong, and 41% were troubled by the fact that money was exchanged around their conception. By allowing our donors to freeze their eggs as part of the process, our unique model honors everyone involved. 

While kids may be off your radar today, you deserve to own your family building timeline. Egg freezing can help keep your options on the table.

Run from any egg donation agency that offers false-promises of “anonymous” egg donation

While other agencies make false promises to donors of “anonymous” egg donations, we tell the truth. In a world of ubiquitous genetic testing, no gamete donation can be guaranteed to be anonymous. This doesn’t mean you have to be involved in the family’s life. You get a say in how, if at all, you want to be contacted. Maybe it’s an annual holiday card from the family, or maybe you get to meet the child down the line. We work with all parties involved to build a relationship that feels right for them, and we encourage both donors and intended parents to consider the donor-conceived child’s best interest.

Reputation matters

In 2023, Cofertility was named one of the Best Egg Donor Programs by Egg Donor Connect. That’s because we’re shaking things up and doing things differently around here. Our unique model has landed us features in FastCompany, Fortune, Women’s Health, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and more. 

We take our jobs seriously, and would be honored to work with you on this journey.

How Cofertility is different

While kids may be off your radar today, you deserve to own your family building timeline. Our Split program can help keep your options on the table.  

Here are some additional reasons to donate your eggs through Cofertility:

  • Accessibility: Through our Split program, qualified freezers can freeze their eggs for free when donating half of the eggs retrieved to a family who can’t otherwise conceive.
  • Community: Our Freeze by Co community is a safe space for those engaging in the egg freezing process (or gearing up for it) to connect and lean on each other. It also enables access to exclusive guidance, free expertise, and community events. 
  • Education: Our library of resources provides proactive education around fertility, hormones, egg freezing, and egg donation that women can’t find anywhere else. We believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to our bodies and our options.
  • Empowerment: By making egg freezing easier and more accessible, our programs further strengthen the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)’s Committee Opinion that egg freezing can help promote social justice and strengthen equality of men and women.

Choosing the right egg donation agency is an important decision. We’ve built a program that we are really proud of. One that honors our donors, and empowers them to own their own family building timeline while helping another family. See if you qualify today!