Privacy

Throughout the egg donation process, you will be asked many personal questions ranging from your family‚Äôs medical history to your own personal sexual behaviors.  It is very important that you answer the questions you are asked honestly as many questions will determine important medical procedures or even which medications you are prescribed.  If you are not comfortable answering such personal questions, being an egg donor may not be for you.

Questions to ask:

Am I comfortable with disclosing personal information and personal medical information?

If you decide to donate your eggs, it is important to assess how comfortable you are with disclosing private matters. Most programs try to ensure confidentiality by using assigned codes or numbers so all blood tests, cervical cultures, and screening information with be processed as a code instead of your name.  However, you will still need to answer personal questions asked by the agency or the doctor.

Am I prepared to submit personal information for a background check?

It is not uncommon for the agency/clinic to run a background check on you.

Consideration: Drug testing

Be aware that many programs conduct unannounced drug tests during the screening and donation process.

Who will see my screening results and personal information? How much of this information will be provided to the parents or the doctors?

If you are eligible as an egg donor, your profile will be kept on file at the agency/clinic. Your profile may be posted on a website that is only accessible to intended parent(s).

During the selection process, the intended parent(s) are given general information regarding your height, weight, complexion, ethnicity and family medical history. Your picture may also be available to the intended parent(s) if you were asked to provide a picture of yourself.

Consideration: Confidentiality

If your egg donation results in the birth of a baby, depending on the regulations some states require programs to keep certain information about you on file. Some of this information may be available to the child, but unless you have given prior consent, no information regarding your identity or contact information will be released. However, it is possible that confidentiality laws and regulations may change in the future.

Consideration: Future contact

You should also be told under what circumstances, if any, a program might contact you in the future. Ask your agency if they ever call previous donors to ask them to participate in research or if you would be contacted if the child has an inherited disease or needs a bone marrow transplant.