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What Are the Requirements for Donating Eggs?

May 13, 2024
An egg donation is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone struggling to conceive a child. However, there are specific requirements that you have to meet before you can go through the process.

Are you thinking about donating your eggs? It’s a wonderful experience to help someone struggling to conceive or who can’t have a baby naturally. It can be incredibly fulfilling to know you impacted someone’s life in a real and lasting way. 

But what are the requirements for being an egg donor? Can anyone do it? Is the process complicated? These questions — and more — can all be answered here.  

At Gen 5 Fertility Center, we offer fertility treatments and egg freezing for those who want to save or donate their eggs. Our providers — Dr. Samuel Wood, Dr. Benito Villanueva, and Dr. Martin Bastuba — know how important it is to be able to build the family of your dreams. That’s why we’re overjoyed to help egg donors navigate the process.  

Egg donation 101 

Donating your eggs isn’t quick or easy, but it is incredibly fulfilling. If you believe helping others is important, there’s often no better way to make someone’s dream come true than to become an egg donor. 

Egg freezing requires a fair bit of preparation. You’ll need to create a plan with your provider and submit it to an assessment. Afterward, you’ll take medications that stimulate the production of additional eggs so we can retrieve the maximum number of mature eggs. Finally, you’ll go through the egg retrieval procedure. The whole process takes around two weeks

Unfortunately, not everyone wants to go through this process, so consider whether donating eggs is important to you. Next, you’ll need to consider the egg donor requirements and ensure you fit them. 

Requirements for egg donors — and why we have them 

The requirements can vary from clinic to clinic and state to state, but these are generally the basic requirements for being an egg donor. 


You’ll need to be between the ages of 21 and 33. Some clinics have a cutoff of 30, but these are generally the requirements. The process, as we’ve noted, is intensive, so clinics mostly refuse to accept patients who are younger, and 33 is usually the highest age when patients’ eggs are considered useful for donation. 


You’ll need to pass an assessment, which varies from clinic to clinic. But this usually entails a psychological evaluation, a physical exam, a discussion of your family history, and more. If you suffer from certain disorders, you may not be deemed healthy enough to donate.

Physicality and lifestyle

Most clinics also require that egg donors have a reasonably active lifestyle and fall into a healthy BMI category. Patients who are overweight or live sedentary lives may not qualify. Donors may also be required to be nonsmokers. 

Other requirements 

Other requirements may be specific to certain clinics or locations. The important thing is to be open with your provider and discuss any requirements carefully. 

These requirements are necessary because the egg donation process is long, involved, and expensive, and most clinics want to be sure the eggs they’re retrieving are in the best possible shape and will be used successfully by the patients they see.  

Egg donation is a wonderful gift 

If you’re choosing to donate your eggs, you’re already giving someone one of the greatest gifts in the world. We want to help you ensure you understand the process and will successfully navigate it. 

Make an appointment at our San Diego, California, office today either by phone or online, and we’ll begin to discuss the process with your specific needs in mind.