How Much Do Egg Donors Get Paid?

How much do egg donors get paid?

The Northeast Assisted Fertility Group offers each egg donor $10,000, payable immediately after the retrieval.  The compensation is agreed on beforehand and does not correspond to the number or quality of eggs retrieved.

How much do egg donors get paid?

How much do egg donors get paid?

There are no laws regarding how much you can get paid to be an egg donor. However, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) establishes ethical guidelines for egg donor compensation; the current cap is $10,000 per cycle (egg donors get paid for the time and effort of the cycle, not for the eggs retrieved). Other programs may offer more than $10,000, but keep in mind that the egg donor, recipient, and clinic would all be working unethically under these circumstances.

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9 Responses

  1. Anonymous Says:

    With the ASRM guidelines, they also state that amounts above 6k require justification and amounts above 8k require strong justification. The supporting reasons for a higher payment also shouldn’t be based on the donor’s looks, education or number of eggs retrieved.

  2. Katherine Benardo Says:

    The exact wording of the ASRM Ethics Committee report on oocyte donor compensation, published in 2007 [http://www.asrm.org/Media/Ethics/financial_incentives.pdf] is “Total payments to donors in excess of $5,000 require justification and sums above $10,000 are not appropriate.”

    NAFG abides by this guideline, paying no more than $10,000 to a donor for her efforts for each cycle. All our donors receive the same amount, no matter their education level, looks, ethnic background, or retrieval results. We offer the greatest amount allowed by the ASRM because our donors, for the most part, live in big cities where the cost of living is high. The ASRM first established this limit in 2000 and has not amended it since then, despite the great changes in the state of our economy. The medical component of egg donation has continued to increase in cost, while egg donor compensation has stayed the same for nearly a decade.

  3. anonymous Says:

    Im giving my eggs and the couple is only paying me 2400 is that to little an whag should do if it is an how would i ask for more from them without being rude if i already accepted there offer but have not done the procedure yet.

  4. Katherine Benardo Says:

    Ethically, you can ask up to $10,000. But if you are working with a clinic or agency that does not typically ask for higher fees, your recipients may move on to another donor if they can’t afford it. Maybe you have some power to negotiate: tell the director of your agency or the clinic nurse that you’d like to make more, and see what they offer.

    I do not know where you are from, but donors working in the big coastal cities are more likely to get fees over $7,000 than donors in the Midwest, who typically get around $3,000.

  5. tara martin Says:

    I have found out here in oklahoma females will get paid 4,000 per each cycle per month. And in Texas its 8,000 per cycle per month.

  6. GB Says:

    If do donate more than once, do you get paid $10 000 each time?

  7. Katherine Benardo Says:

    In our program, the compensation is 10K every time. This is the ASRM limit. Agencies vary in their policies.

  8. Leslie Says:

    I find it amazing that there is an “ethical” limit on what a donor should be paid. Is there and “ethical limit on what the clinic should charge? What a physician can be paid? I find it amazing that ASRM would even call this an ethical issue. The woman donating eggs are subjecting themselves to risks with this procedure and putting an “ethical” cap on said services is absolutely unethical. I am looking forward to y our response.

  9. Katherine Benardo Says:

    You are not the only one to question the ASRM’s position. There is currently a class action lawsuit challenging their compensation limits.

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