Average wait time
The wait time for being matched with intended parent(s) depends on a number of factors. There are financial considerations that intended parent(s) must plan for, the ebb and flow of clientele at your agency may fluctuate, and there may be other donors with similar physical traits as you. These are just some of the many different factors that can impact the time it takes to be matched with intended parent(s). A long wait time does not have anything to do with the appeal of your traits or the quality of your eggs.
Questions to ask:
How long will it be until I am matched with an intended mother?
Keep in mind that it is not uncommon for this process to take well over 6 months. As an egg donor, you may wait months before being matched because the program is waiting for the results of a psychological or background screening, or a potential parent has not yet selected a donor.
Am I willing to wait months for compensation?
Egg donors receive compensation for the time they spend and they go through attending doctors appointments, taking medications, and undergoing medical procedures. All of these steps in the egg donation process take time. From waiting to be matched to the retrieval process can take several months to a year or more. While the promise of monetary compensation may be appealing and an important factor in deciding to donate, it is important to understand that compensation comes at the end of the lengthy process. If you are looking for a way to make “fast cash,” egg donation may not be the process that is right for you given the considerable time commitment.
What can I do to make myself more attractive as an egg donor?
No one can predict which traits intended parent(s) are looking in an egg donor. You may be a perfect candidate, but have blue eyes when the intended parent(s) want someone with brown eyes. Being chosen is a matter of timing and luck. If you have not yet been matched with intended parent(s) after several months, consider how long you are willing to wait. If you plan to continue waiting, you can always contact your agency to make sure that your profile is complete and that they have your most up to date information. If you complete any schooling or if you have any changes in your medical information, be sure to update your agency.