Egg Donors



To qualify and apply to be an egg donor in our program, you must be

  • 21 – 32 years old
  • Healthy weight and BMI
  • Non-smoker
  • Physically and emotionally healthy
  • No significant history of chronic medical conditions or genetic diseases
  • Must have transportation

    Donor Egg Application
    If you’re interested in becoming an egg donor, please click here.

Since 1976, Northwell Health Fertility has been a leader in reproductive and infertility medicine, and has been at the forefront of research into the reproductive sciences. We are respected for our success rates and recognized for our scientific achievements. Our highly trained physicians are double board certified in Reproductive Medicine and Ob/Gyn. They have been educated and trained at the nation’s top universities and hold faculty appointments with the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. We are proud that our Chief, Dr. Avner Hershlag, has been named one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors over the past few years.

Our program strives to meet the highest standards of care and criteria established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition, our program is regulated by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The guidelines and regulations set forth by these agencies greatly impact the way our program operates and we strive to provide you with the best and utmost care throughout your donation process. We’re committed to caring for you during this journey and creating a positive and rewarding experience for you. Your confidentiality and anonymity is strictly preserved.

Your decision to become an egg donor is a generous contribution and you will be compensated for your time and commitment for helping to build a family. As an anonymous Northwell Health Fertility Egg Donor, you will be compensated $10,000 for your efforts.

You will not be responsible for any medical costs related to the screening process or egg donation. Please note that the compensation is tax deductible, so you will receive an IRS form (1099) at the end of the year. Throughout the donation cycle (once you start injections), you will be covered by a medical insurance that the program will purchase.

Phase One: Becoming a Donor

  • Fill out the electronic donor egg application and email the completed form to donoregg@northwell.edu with “PHI” in the subject line with the required photos attached to the email. Our donor egg team will then contact you and inform you of next steps. Please be aware that the reviewing process typically takes 1-3 weeks.
  • If your application is approved, you will come in for a consultation with a nurse and complete a psychological testing.
  • Provided everything is OK with your testing, you will visit with a psychologist.
  • You will then come into our office for a consultation appointment with physician.
  • On cycle day 3 you will visit our office again so we can draw blood to check your hormones for adequate ovarian responsiveness.

Phase Two: Egg Donation*

*Provided all screening above is passed

  • You will self-administer medications for 7-10 days to stimulate multiple eggs to grow. The Donor Egg Team will teach you to do this. You will need to be available some mornings before 9 AM. We are able to provide notes to your employer during this time.
  • After the follicles have been appropriately stimulated, we will remove them from your ovaries in a brief procedure. You will need to have someone with you during this procedure that can stay with you for the remainder of the day.
  • When your next period comes, you will need to come by the office one last time for an ultrasound to make sure everything has returned to normal.

You will be financially compensated $10,000 for your efforts.

Why Do We Need Egg Donors?

  • Some women are born without functioning ovaries.
  • Women with certain genetic disorders are not able to conceive naturally.
  • Younger women’s ovaries sometimes fail prematurely for unknown reasons.
  • Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these can damage the ovaries.

Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?

Egg retrieval is performed under anesthesia and there is rarely pain after the procedure.

How long does the whole process take?

The length of the process varies from patient to patient. The stimulation cycle usually take 7-13 days.

Is there a need for egg donors?

The demand for egg donors has been significantly increasing over the past decade due to many reasons, such as women establishing their careers and waiting longer to start a family.

Do egg donors get paid?

Because there will inevitably be some inconvenience during this process, egg donors will be financially compensated $10,000 for their efforts.

Egg Donor Qualifications

  • 21-32 years old
  • Healthy weight
  • Non smoking
  • No significant history for chronic medical conditions or genetic diseases
  • Physically and emotionally healthy
  • Must participate in and pass a screening process including a psychological examination
  • Must have transportation