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How Much Do You Get Paid for Egg Donation?

Infertility is a problem that affects as many as one in eight couples. When a couple has difficulty conceiving, the problem may stem from the woman, the man or both. For some couples, infertility is caused by a woman’s inability to produce eggs or the eggs that are produced are of poor quality. 

Egg donation is a precious gift to many people who are experiencing this struggle, and those who are willing to donate their eggs are well compensated. How much do you get paid for egg donation?  The amount donors are paid may vary. At the Center for Reproductive Health, donors are compensated anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 per cycle. 

Who Qualifies for Egg Donation?

Not everyone who may be interested in donating eggs is able to do so. As women age, the eggs they produce decline in quality, so donors must be between the ages of 20 and 31. Another factor that’s considered is BMI. Donors are expected to be at a healthy weight and to be nonsmokers.

Potential donors that fit these qualifications are screened for sexually transmitted diseases and drug use. Bloodwork and an ultrasound are done and the health of the ovaries is checked. The family medical history is reviewed to screen for possible hereditary conditions. A brief psychological exam is also done as part of the screening process.

How Does It Work?

Donors that successfully pass the screening are put on birth control pills for two or three weeks beginning with the second or third day of the monthly cycle. The purpose of this prescription is to help to regulate the egg donation cycle. After this is completed, fertility injections begin in order to stimulate the growth of multiple egg follicles. This lasts around ten to twelve days, and during this time, the donor returns to the clinic for additional bloodwork and ultrasounds.

Eggs are retrieved during a simple procedure that usually takes about 30 minutes. Anesthesia is used so the donor doesn’t feel any discomfort or pain. About an hour is spent in recovery after the procedure, and the donor needs a friend or family member to drive them home. The donated eggs are fertilized in a carefully controlled lab environment. Embryos can be implanted into the uterus of the recipient. Donated eggs can also be frozen for future use.


Egg donors are uniquely positioned to help the dreams of others to come true and so many couples would be unable to conceive without the help of those who are willing to donate eggs. The generous compensation that donors receive is intended to acknowledge the value of the gift and the time commitment needed to complete the process. The Center for Reproductive Health is glad to be able to offer one of the highest amounts for compensation for egg donation in the Los Angeles area. Call today with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.