Egg Donation South Africa
Become an Egg Donor
Make a Difference in People’s Lives
There are a few rare moments in life when we are offered the opportunity to make a real difference in the world.
Becoming an egg donor is one of those moments.
Although you will never meet the family who chooses you as their donor, your egg donation gift literally changes their world as it enables them to have the child they long for. As for you, with Grace Egg Donors, you get access to the very best fertility doctors and nurses in the country and are supported by the most professional and caring Grace Egg Donor Support team who cheer you on through the whole process.
Why Do People Need Donor Eggs?
There is a wide range of reasons for intended parents to need your generous donation of eggs. Sometimes a woman’s eggs have deteriorated due to age, illness or cancer treatment, sometimes she was born with fertility challenges or carries a genetic disease she doesn’t want to pass on to her baby.
Whatever the reason you can be sure that your donation is cherished and valued beyond anything you could dream of.
Why Choose Grace Donors?
Grace Egg Donors follows the egg donation guidelines and ethics for egg donor agencies set by SASREG (Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy Regulations). Egg Donation is a highly specialised field which requires a team of qualified and experienced people to make sure the process is as smooth and effortless as possible.
The Grace Egg Donors team are some of the most experienced egg donation coordinators, nurses and support staff available.
We have relationships with the doctors and nurses in every fertility clinic and we work with them to ensure our donors have the best medical and bedside treatment available.
Grace Egg Donors works to ensure that our donors are cared for as if they were our own family. So when you’re ready, click the ‘Apply Now’ button to complete your egg donor application.
How Egg Donation Works
Find out if you qualify by clicking on the link below and then follow our 6-step guide, and you could be on our database within a few days.
Step 1: Apply Online
The initial online application pre-qualifies you so that you know if you meet the initial requirements for being an egg donor.
Step 2: Complete Our Comprehensive Donor Application Form
The Grace Donors application form requires health and family genetic information. It also gives you the opportunity to tell prospective intended parents a little more about who you are.
Please note: Intended parents will not see any identifying information about you including your adult photos, we provide our donors with a pseudonym so that your identity is protected.
Step 3: Briefing Session
Once your application form is complete, it will be reviewed and if approved, a Grace Donor representative will give you a call to fully explain everything about becoming an egg donor. This is your opportunity to ask every question you can think of and to find out more about the egg donation procedure. Our FAQ’s can be located by using this link: Egg Donor FAQ
Step 4: Make An Informed Decision
Once you have been provided with the information that is required for you to make an informed decision to donate, you will be required to give your consent to proceed. Your profile will then be added to our secured Donor Database. Our hopeful intended parents can now view your profile and it could be a matter of weeks or months before you are chosen.
Step 5: Being Chosen
Once you have been chosen, a Grace Representative will contact you to find out if you are willing and able to proceed with the donation.
Step 6: What to expect
You will attend a maximum of 7 clinic visits over the 2–3 month process. You are not responsible for the costs of the appointments or medication. You are, however, responsible for getting to and from all appointments. If you qualify for a travel allowance, which would have been discussed during your one-on-one briefing session – please note that this is paid to you after the retrieval.
1st visit – Doctor appointment
To see the Fertility Specialist. This is a one-hour appointment. The Doctor will tell you all about the egg donation process and perform an internal scan to ensure your ovaries are suitable for donation. Blood tests will be performed to test for AIDS, Hepatitis and any sexually transmitted diseases. You will be required to sign the clinic’s consent form which stipulates that you are committed to the donation, you will remain anonymous and that you have no right or claim to any child that could be born from the egg donation. The consent will protect both you and your Recipient.
2nd visit – Psychological Assessment
To see the Psychologist. This is a one-hour appointment. This appointment could take place at the clinic or via Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp video (This will be decided on when you book your appointment with the Psychologist) The Psychologist wants to ensure that donating will not harm you emotionally or mentally and that there isn’t anything in your family’s history that would prevent you from donating. This assessment is only repeated every 12 months so is not required for every donation.
Outcome of Doctor and Psychological Assessments
If both the Doctor and Psychologist are happy with the results of your initial appointments, you will start on a low dose of the pill for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. If you are currently on the pill, you will remain on it until the clinic coordinator informs you to stop taking the pill. The pill’s purpose is to synchronise your and the hopeful mother’s menstrual cycles (so that you both start your menstrual cycles on the same day).
Please note that some clinics will not include the pill as part of their treatment plan, they will wait until your next menstrual cycle to begin – the type of plan that the Doctor will follow will be discussed at your first Doctor appointment.
3rd – 6th visits – The fertility medication and scans
Once your periods are synchronized, you start fertility medication in the form of daily injections over 12 days.
The injections are very easy to administer (tummy or thigh) and are administered much the same as a diabetic would give himself an insulin injection. The clinic coordinator will show you how to administer the medication. Why do you need to inject? These injections will stimulate the production of eggs in the ovary by increasing your hormone levels slightly.
During this period (12 days of fertility medication) you will be required to visit the clinic for a maximum of 4 scans over the 12 days. The reason for these scans is to enable the Doctor to measure the follicle growth and check how your body is reacting to the medication and keep a close eye on how those beautiful eggs are developing.
7th visit – The egg retrieval
This is the day that the eggs are retrieved. This is also the only day you will need to take the whole day off as your recovery is of utmost importance to us. The clinic can provide you with a doctor’s certificate, which will state that you had a medical procedure done, it will not state that you have donated as this is private and confidential information and at Grace Egg Donors, we are committed to ensuring you receive that privacy. (You will not be charged for the doctor’s certificate).
The procedure is generally scheduled in the morning and you’re on your way home by noon.
The egg retrieval process takes about 20-30 minutes with about an hour of recovery at the clinic. You will have intravenous sedation for comfort called ‘twilight sedation’ – a fancy term for a lovely, deep sleep. The egg retrieval is performed under ultrasound guidance with a fine needle passing from the upper vagina into each ovary. There is no cutting or stitching on your stomach. Remember that you will be asleep, so you won’t feel anything.
How will I feel after the retrieval?
It is very difficult for us to anticipate how you are going to feel after the retrieval. Some donors have no pain or discomfort – and other donors do. Although recovery from the procedure is very quick and you may go home within an hour or two of having the procedure done – you may not drive yourself as you will still be drowsy from the sedation.
Please note the following:
For the 2 weeks that you are on the fertility medication and for 2 weeks after the retrieval, you will either need to refrain from unprotected sexual intercourse or take extra precautions.
Your menstrual period should begin approximately 14 days after your retrieval, and you can then start taking your regular contraceptive.
Egg Donor Compensation
The egg donor compensation per donation cycle is broken down as follows:
- R7000 – R8000 per donation
- An additional R2000 for travel expenses.
At Grace Egg Donors, we acknowledge that our gracious donors spend many hours using various forms of public transport or their car to get to and from their clinic appointments, and the additional travel allowance is to compensate them for their time, tenacity, and effort it takes to be a great egg donor.
The donor compensation will either be paid directly to you by Grace Donors or by the clinic. The compensation should appear in your bank account within 7 days after your donation.
Travelling donors who donate in a host city and away from home will receive additional travel allowances, which will be discussed once an Intended Parent has selected a travelling donor to donate for them.