As you browse our online egg donor database, you will notice that some egg donors are categorized as "Proven Egg Donors" whereas some are listed as "First-Time Egg Donors". In this blog, we provide an overview of what exactly this means and the benefits of each to inform you of your options when participating in one of our donor egg programs.
First, let's quickly explain what these terms mean.
First-time egg donors are women who have been accepted into the Donor Nexus egg donor program but have not yet completed an egg donation cycle.
“Proven” means the donor has previously completed an egg donation cycle that resulted in a successful egg retrieval. The donor may have donated once or several times.
Sometimes, fertility doctors may recommend selecting a proven egg donor for various reasons. The main advantages of choosing a proven donor are based on the donor’s experience; she has already completed a cycle so she knows what to expect and her body has already proven to respond well to the cycle medications and egg retrieval. With these factors taken into consideration, proven egg donors tend to request higher compensation than first-time egg donors.
Overall, there is no difference in success rates between first-time egg donors and proven egg donors once the eggs are retrieved from the donor. A first-time egg donor does not have lower fertilization rates or lower pregnancy rates than a proven donor.
With that being said, it is possible that a first-time egg donor may not pass her prescreen evaluations before beginning the cycle medications. Donors may get disqualified for various reasons, such as having low AMH levels, a carrier status that is incompatible with the sperm provider (i.e. if both are carriers of cystic fibrosis), or a positive drug or STI screen.
Did you know that there are benefits to choosing a first-time egg donor as well? Every donor was once a first-time donor, and below we share some of the advantages of choosing a first-time egg donor with Donor Nexus.
You will find egg donor profiles labeled as "Premier First-Time Donor" or "Premier Proven Donor". This means that the donor is participating in our Premier Egg Donor Program.
We hope this information was helpful to you as you navigate through the process of choosing an egg donor. If you have any additional questions, our team is always here to help.