How to choose an agency ?

Here is a list of some of the questions you should be asking when deciding on which egg donor agency to choose:

 

(Some of the points borrowed with kind permission by the biggest international support group for Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED))

  1. How long has the agency been in business? Has the egg donor agency ever been in business under a different name? What is the agency’s track record?  Are they a fly-by-night or have they been around for a while?
  2. Who owns the agency? Is the agency owned by the clinic / doctor / staff who is recommending a particular agency as the ‘preferred’ agency? Are they giving you the best option for YOU or for themselves?
  3. Is the agency owned and run by people who have been through infertility themselves?  While this is not the most important factor, it helps when you are speaking to someone who has done as many IVFs as you have.
  4. What is their value proposition?  What are they offering you?  Don’t buy cheap, this is way too important!
  5. Do they support HFEA Egg Donation Guidelines?
  6. How many donors has the agency matched with recipients in the last year? Does the egg donor agency have any real references from recipient parents and egg donors? Ask the agency to be put in touch with previous recipients so you can ask them directly about their experience.
  7. The donors listed on their website – are they really currently available or are they booked for someone else or already donating? Double-booking a donor is a dangerous, unethical thing to do.
  8. Is the agency over promising but under delivering?  Rather choose an agency who is honest about what is involved than those who make glib promises.
  9. Are their donors genuine, committed donors who are donating for the right reasons or are they filling their database with ‘fluff’ in order to look good.  Keep it real, keep it honest.