• Who Sees My Information? I Don’t Want The World Knowing My Business

    Our secure database is password-protected. You will join our list of Egg Donors, where registered ababySA Recipients (those looking for eggs to start a family) can view your profile. They will not know who you are, but will see a bit about you, physically, as well as relevant details of your medical and family history.

  • And long-term? Any chance of me damaging my ability to have children?

    Egg donation doesn’t cause infertility. Fertility medication has no proven long-term effects at all.

    You may choose to donate several times and then go on to have children of your own. Or you may have kids first and then donate your eggs.

  • I’m Worried This May Not Be Legal. Is Egg Donation Legal In South Africa?

    Yes, the National Health Act of 2003 (regulations about artificial fertilisation and related matters) confirms it’s all completely above board. It is true that there are some places in the world where you may not donate eggs; that’s why  a large number of international Recipients who visit South Africa to use our service.

  • Are we talking surgery here?

    No, no cutting at all. You will be under procedural (conscious) sedation, a medical term for very light anaesthestics or sedatives to minimise pain and discomfort. You’re usually able to speak and respond to the doctors and nurses while they retrieve your eggs vaginally, using a suction needle.

    You will, however, be in specialist medical hands, treated by doctors who specialise in fertility medicine.

  • So what risks are there?

    There are two things you should be aware of: the main risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which happens in 1% of In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) cases. And secondly, on retrieval, there is a tiny chance of infection, or reaction to the anaesthetic, as with any medical procedure. 

    We work with professional Fertility Clinics, where you will have the best possible specialised medical treatment. You are in good hands.

  • So fertility medicine does exactly what?

    It helps your body to rescue many of the immature eggs (usually around ten) that would otherwise have been lost, so medical professionals can retrieve them for use in an egg donation programme like ababySA. It doesn’t affect any of your eggs that your body will use for future cycles. The fertility medication has no proven long-term bad effects.

  • I’m Thinking Of Becoming An Egg Donor. Do I Qualify?

    If you’re female (please check!) aged 20 to 34, healthy and from a healthy family, you could be a very special person: you could donate a few of your eggs to people (Recipients) who need them to start their own family.

    We welcome Egg Donors of any ethnic background. The usual disclaimers apply: addicts or heavy smokers are a no-no.

  • My Kids Will Be Out There. Won’t That Be Strange For Me?

    Unfertilised eggs are discarded by your body with your normal menstrual cycle. And to make a child, you also need an entire swagbag of goodies: sperm; a healthy womb, a mother. There aren’t going to be any of your children running around any where, but there may be children that carry some of your genetic material, loved by parents who have moved mountains to welcome them into their lives!

    An egg donor, surrogate or birth mother is special person who helped to create that child, but they are not that child’s mother.

  • Does it take a lot of time to donate?

    Not too bad, but it does take some commitment from you.

    After you’re chosen, there will be an appointment with the doctors at your clinic (about an  hour). Also, an hour, once-off, with a psychologist. And during the actual procedure, you’ll have to visit the clinic three to four times (over a two-week period) for ultrasounds, checkups and to coordinate your cycle with the recipient mother.

    You’ll also have to take a day off for egg retrieval, which happens during the normal work week. We can arrange a sick note, if you need it.

  • Will I get paid?

    The South African Medical Ethics committee have recommended R7,000 to the Egg Donor per donation cycle (depending on which Clinic runs the program) as an inconvenience allowance for the time and energy you expend in gifting your eggs, to help parents with their dream of having children. The compensation is paid in cash, by the clinic, on the day of the egg retrieval, after the procedure.

    Eggs are not sold, they are gifted and no price can be put on that gift.

    Your recipient parents will never forget you.

  • Who pays my medical bills?

    Your Recipients pay all medical costs. This is a very big deal for them, emotionally AND financially, and they want you to have the best possible treatment and care.

  • Don’t I need ALL my eggs so I can fall pregnant?

    You’re born with about two million eggs. By puberty, only 300,000 immature eggs are left: every month, a group of eggs grow and develop so your body ovulates once each cycle. One egg! The remaining eggs from this group don’t develop fully and are flushed in the menstrual cycle.

    As we age, so the efficiency of ovulation and quality of your egg may reduce; that’s one of the reasons why we have an age limit for Egg Donors.

Become A Donor

Apply to become an Egg Donor

There’s a lot of information available here, on our website, so please read it and learn as much as you can before you make your final decision to sign on. Wikipedia has some great information, too and our Frequently Asked Questions are pretty detailed as well. Although there is great responsibility on you to take medication and meet appointments at your Clinic at the correct time, you will receive plenty of communication and professional support from the many people dedicated to helping your Recipient achieve a successful pregnancy. We are always a phone call, sms, whatsapp,bbm or email away! 

We care about professional services to our special Donors. It’s about you, not us. There’s no such thing as a perfect look and feel: we need women of all races, heights and appearance.  

1. YOUR APPLICATION

May you become an Egg Donor?

Are you…?

  • Female
  • Age 20 to 33
  • A Body Mass Index between 18 and 29
  • A regular menstrual cycle
  • Not on injectable contraception (please double check with us if unsure)

This is a very serious, emotional and expensive business for infertile parents. Above all, they need to know that you are committed to give your time and to stay healthy during the process of helping another human being to become a parent. You’re obviously a compassionate and kind woman; Recipients will want a sense of responsibility to match. We need you to be sure that you can fully commit to the journey.

Register as an Egg Donor at ababySA

To start your personal journey, first complete the pre-application here. When you answer five qualifying questions that suggest you have the right stuff, you’ll get a verification mail from us with a login so you can fill out the main unlocked application that contains all the information we need to match you with future parents (remember to check your spam if you don't receive a response).

Then, complete the full application: you have 30 days to complete the full application and to submit images of yourself as a toddler or baby. Save the form as you complete it (top and bottom) and you can work through it in stages at your convenience. Once you’re accepted, you can login anytime to update your profile and manage your images. You will have access to an online tutorial, and you can contact us at any stage for further information. Our Egg Donor FAQs are a good place to check here for answers as well.

Our secure database is password-protected: we are a completely anonymous egg donor agency! Confidential or identifying information will not be shared with anyone, ever.

2. YOUR MEDICAL PROCEDURE

After you’re chosen, there will be an appointment with the doctors at your Clinic (about an  hour). Also, an hour, once-off, with a psychologist. And during the actual procedure, you’ll have to visit the clinic three to four times (over a two-week period) for ultrasounds, checkups and to coordinate your cycle with the recipient mother.

This happens with a carefully-managed program of fertility medicine that coordinates your menstrual cycle with that of your Recipient, given over that 14-day period. The Egg Retrieval will happen under procedural (conscious) sedation, a medical term for very light anaesthestics or sedatives to minimise pain and discomfort. You’re usually able to speak and respond to the doctors and nurses while they retrieve your eggs vaginally, using a suction needle.

You will be in the best possible specialist medical hands, treated by doctors who specialise in fertility medicine and who are wholly focused on your wellbeing. 

There’s more detailed information here

3. COMPENSATION

You are not responsible for any medical costs. They are all covered by your Recipient. This is a very big deal for them, emotionally AND financially, and they want you to have the best possible treatment and care.

You will be paid an inconvenience allowance for the time and energy you expend in gifting your eggs, to help parents with their dream of having children. The South African Medical Ethics committee have recommended R7,000 per donation cycle (depending on your Clinic), paid in cash, by the clinic, on the day of the egg retrieval, after the procedure.

Your eggs are not sold, they are gifted and no price can be put on that gift. Your Recipient parents will never forget you.

4. DONATION CENTRES

We are associated with Fertility Clinics in all the major Centres: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, PE and Cape Town. Usually, you will be asked to donate at a Clinic close to where you live or work, however, you may choose to donate nationally (become a ‘travelling donor’).

As we’ve said, all travel, accommodation and subsistence is paid by your Recipient. Also, if you live more than 100km from a Clinic, and you can manage the time to travel for daily appointments during the last two-weeks of the Egg Donation Cycle, you will be repaid for your travel costs. 

5. THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR PROFILE

If you have any other questions, contact us on info@ababysa.com and one of our Coordinators will get back to you. We look forward to you joining us in our very special Egg Donation Program.

So, you’re ready! Now, register with us – email and password – and you’ll request access to our secure ababySA egg donor Profile pages. You’ll get a verification email to respond to and, then, you can start to complete the first application form. If you need help, or have questions that relate to this part of the form, email us and we’ll respond quickly!

Create a great Egg Donor Profile – it’s a special type of CV, this! Our anonymous program means that you have to give future parents quality information and relevant detail to help them choose you as their Donor.

  • Obviously, your physical look is important. An infertile woman and her partner will often choose a donor who looks similar to her. So, hair- and eye-colour may be important. Or not. Your shared interests may be important. Or not. So, there’s no such thing as a perfect look and feel: we need women of all races, heights and appearance.
  • Parents fancy intelligence and good health (who doesn’t?), so family genetics usually play a role. And a normal, healthy body mass index is good, because it makes hormone therapy more predictable. The unique bits that make up you, the donor, are the unique bits that will resonate with Recipients. It’s very important to complete the forms honestly and thoroughly. And let’s have some decent pics of you as a baby and toddler. It’s all hugely appreciated by Recipients.
  • Once you’ve completed our online forms, your Recipients will have access to enough of your personal (but anonymous) information to make an informed choice. But draw them into your profile with these ideas:
    • Photos are good and are usually the starting point for Recipients. Send a good variety, especially those showing you smiling and friendly! Please remember that only baby and childhood (up to about eight years old) photos will be seen by the Recipients.
    • The ababySA and Clinic staff will need a current photo (of you as an adult). This is never published online
    • Don’t send photos that hide your face. No hats, sunglasses, blurry or very serious photos, please!
  • Spellcheck and check your grammar!
  • Give detailed responses to the questions – this is how the Recipients will connect with your mojo. One word – bad. Lots of words – good.
  • Please answer every question. We won’t approve incomplete applications.
  • Try and add personality to your replies. There are several questions that are designed to give the future parents a sense of “who’s the real you.” They want to know how you feel, as well as how you look!
  • Please take special care with the medical section. If you’re not sure of your family health history, please ask your parents or others who may know.
  • Take your time (within 30 days), and don’t forget to save at the bottom of each section.

Thank you for reading all the information; that’s a great start!

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“Gift a wish of Love and Hope”

We’re delighted that you want to be part of the ababySA Egg Donor Program. It’s a fantastic, rewarding experience. It takes a special generosity to do this; you’re a very special woman, helping infertile couples to realise their dreams of parenthood.

You will be committed to work with us and the future parents for anywhere from six weeks to three months – not fulltime, of course, but you will have to visit the Clinic occasionally and commit to following our program of managed medication carefully, especially during the last two weeks. It’s a serious commitment, but your generosity and compassion is recognised in the best possible way: a chance for infertile people to build a family. We know you’ll enjoy the experience. It’s very special and it may just be the greatest thing you do in your lifetime.

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“Dandelions thrive under the most adverse conditions”

As an Egg Donor, you will join our team of special people, all local, all carefully selected to make sure that our Recipients have the best possible chance of achieving their dream of a family. You will share in a wonderful interactive process where you are truly appreciated: we support you with psychological and legal services, education and co-ordination of the Egg Donor cycle.

When you’re one of us, you are supported. Properly.

We want you to enjoy the experience and, once chosen, you will find yourself part of a team of people dedicated to bringing joy to Recipients, who, with your help, can realise their dreams of starting a family.

  • Zeta

    “I want to help woman reach their dream of bearing children and experiencing the joy of motherhood.”

  • Fundiswa

    “I hope that you are able to find someone to give you the gift you are looking for. I would be so happy and grateful to help you achieve this.”

  • Chandi

    “Let’s us raise this generation and build this nation with love and passion. May God be with you. I love you both.”

  • Sumiko

    “I thrive on helping other people and would love to help you realise the dream of having your own family.”

  • Precious

    “My goal in life is to make people happy – this is just another way of doing that.”

  • Joyce

    “You have been too awesome! Thank you for your support, I would do this again, no questions asked. Your ethics and kindness will take you far.”

  • Samantha

    “Thank you so much, you are an amazing woman and it’s a pleasure working with u. I am also happy I was able to donate such a wonderful gift.”

  • Buhle

    “Thank you so much for everything, I appreciate working with you and everyone you introduced me to. I just hope and wish my recipients are successful.”

  • Roxanne

    “I have only received excellent service from ababySA.”