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Fulfill a family’s dream while making yours a reality
Egg Donor Requirements

Egg donation is a life-changing experience that brings hope to countless people wanting to build a family. Thanks to the selflessness of women like you, the dream of becoming a parent is possible for those who cannot achieve pregnancy otherwise. 

We understand egg donation can be a big decision for you and your future. Read on to learn more about our egg donor program and egg donor qualifications at First Step. Our goal is to guide you through the simple process so you have everything you need to know to make an informed decision about egg donation. If you still have questions, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with us to have a more personal and detailed conversation before applying. On behalf of everyone at First Step, we welcome you to our family and look forward to guiding you through the rewarding process of egg donation!

Egg Donation at First Step

A donor’s compassionate gift plays an important role in the process of creating new families. But what’s more, while you are helping another family fulfill their dreams, you can also earn enough money to make your own dreams a reality at the same time. Whether it’s funding your studies, a trip of a lifetime, saving towards a home, or anything in between, egg donation is an admirable way to expand the lives of others as well as your own. 

From the moment you apply with First Step, you will have an experienced and dedicated case manager to assist and guide you through the entire egg donation process  from application to completion of the medical cycle. Your case manager will counsel you through any necessary paperwork, the matching process, legal considerations, medical protocols, and more leting you know everything about egg donor qualifications. It is important for us to get to know you so we can provide the most personalized experience possible.  First Step allows egg donors to decide on some of their preferences when it comes to intended parents to match with. We work with single or coupled intended parents from all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, and locations. 

Becoming a potential egg donor is simpler than it seems but to successfully fulfill an egg donor application are several qualifications required by First Step, some of which are listed below. It will be important to understand these before applying to see if you qualify. Contact us for a free consultation if you have any questions.

Types of Egg Donation



This donation allows donors and intended parents to share contact information and communicate. This opens up the opportunity to get to know each other and enables contact in the future. 

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Semi-Known Donation

With this type of donation, only the donor's first name and location of residence are shared with the parents. Donor's can choose to stay anonymous or if both parties agree, there is the possibility for some limited contact with each other.

Semi-Known Donation

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Anonymous Donation

Donors can choose to remain unknown and have no contact with the intended parent(s). This means they will never meet the recipient nor will they know if a pregnancy occurred from the recipient’s cycle.  



Egg Donor Requirements

The enthusiastic young women in our egg donation program must meet specific qualifications before being accepted as a First Step egg donor. Although our qualifications may seem extensive, we value the health and safety of our donors so we take general and mental health into consideration to ensure donation is in your best interest. Screening thoroughly also increases your likelihood of being selected by intended parents. Below is a list of minimum requirements although all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application and Background

  • Complete an in-depth application with First Step that includes details about family life and medical history

  • Reside in the United States and between the ages of 21-30

  • Have reliable transportation and flexible schedule for appointments and traveling as needed

Health Reviews

  • Be in overall good health with a BMI of 28 or less

  • Have both ovaries and regular menstrual cycles

  • Have had a pap-smear within the last two years with normal results

  • Have no history of genetic disorders and be able to obtain up-to-date family health history

  • You must NOT have taken depo-provera or  had a hormonal IUD in the last month (you must have had one regular menstrual period post removal of your hormonal IUD/Depo-Provera)

  • You cannot be on Nor-Plant.

  • Willingness to use injectable medications



  • Complete and pass a drug screening process of drugs and nicotine 

  • Complete psychological evaluations and not have any psychiatric illness

If you have additional questions about our egg donor qualifications and requirements, please feel free to address them with us before applying. After applying, if you meet our minimum requirements, we will schedule a video interview with you and one of our case managers to review the donation process, expectations, and next steps in more detail.

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