African American Egg Donors

Years ago I belong to a Yahoo! loop for black women with infertility problems. A lot of the women who were looking for donor eggs told me that African American eggs were more expensive and more difficult to come by. Over the years a lot of people have expressed surprise when I told them that. I don’t know why they would, infertility is booming business and the laws of supply and demand rule. Contrary to popular belief, black women are not the ‘fertile Myrtles’ of yore. We actually have a higher rate of infertility than other groups (though interestingly enough, we’re more likely to have twins). Of course, that’s not openly discussed because there’s a lot less profit to be made off black women’s infertility. So the face of this particular issue remains overwhelmingly white. I can’t tell you how many people expressed amazement that I had fertility problems. Even worse, I had more than one tell me that if I’d married a black man I wouldn’t have a problem getting pregnant. Never mind that I was the only interracially married woman on that Yahoo! loop.

I was recently on Craig’s List looking at furniture and such and came across tons of ads for donor eggs. (No, this is not an option for us. We’re done with baby-making.) I thought it was interesting that white and Asian eggs topped out at $8k, but they were offering up to $10k for African American eggs. (No, I won’t comment on the irony. You’ll have to do that yourself.) Obviously, this is a horrifically invasive procedure and as someone who has actually been through fertility procedures I wouldn’t do it for ten times the money, but it is an interesting confirmation of what those ladies told me all those years ago.

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50 thoughts on “African American Egg Donors

  1. I don’t know anything about being infertile but I am 38 years old, a type 1 diabetic, so if I ever think about getting pregnant, I’ve got a couple of strikes against me, I’m a ‘mature’ woman and I’m a diabetic. I’ve heard about the fertility treatments and even if I decide I may want to be a mother, I have to think seriously about all the things I’ll have to go through to be a mother. And infertility is the least of my worries.

  2. I remember there being an egg donor ad in our college paper. This was around 2002. They want blonde with blue or green eyes and above average SAT scores and would pay $6000. I jokingly told my classmate she should do it as she was the only natural blonde I knew. There are a lot of racist implications in the assumed fertility of black people.

  3. You weren’t the only one, I was a member as well and I too am in an interracial marriage. I never mentioned my husbands race because to me it was no one’s business.. I successfully donated twice, one was to someone in the group.. I like you, was surprised at the difference in demand and compensation, but also I felt discriminated against when I was being “interviewed” by potential recipients.. I am pass the age of donation now (almost 37) but it was a positive experience overall for me.. Came across your blog by accident, but I like it! Adding you to my faves..

  4. I can totally relate to your experience. I also have gone thru the IVF process and the doctor suggested that I use donor eggs, however, when looking I could find no african american donors. The ones posted were like 2 and the companies wanted 10K for donor eggs. I cannot understand the term “donor” if you are paying $10K. I am also an african american woman in a bi-racial marriage. My husband and I adopted two beautiful children that we have raised, but would like to have another child. The donor option is so expensively overwhelming.

    Thanks for listening

  5. This was never an option for us, as my issue wasn’t with conceiving. I conceive fairly easily, just can’t seem to carry a baby to term. It’s absolutely frustrating. I would guess that they have to pay the donor so much because it’s such a painful and invasive procedure. Getting semen is obviously much easier, but with eggs you have to be pumped full of drugs and then undergo surgery to extract the eggs. I doubt many people would be willing to go through that for free.

  6. Debbie-

    Being a donor, I can tell you we go through quite an ordeal during the process. We essentially go through what you did when you underwent the IVF procedure, with the exception of the embryo transfer.. I was a paid donor (nowhere near 10K!) for one cycle and I shared my eggs during the other so there was no “compensation” per se , but my future FET cost was covered so that was my compensation. I believe they use the term “donor” due to the egg “coming” from someone else, not in the sense of they are given at no cost. I do know of women who have donated for no compensation and even surrogates that have carried for no compensation. If my first recipient needed me too I would do it in a heartbeat for free (my FSH is still at a great level, so in theory I CAN donate, I just can’t list with a company any longer).. Good luck in with your family building and congrats on your two adoptions!

  7. Thank you for all your kind words and sharing your experiences with me. It is really nice and heartfelt to know there are others out there that understand and are willing to help others like me. It must be an extraordinary person that goes thru the stimulation to donate their eggs. I definitely know how that process is. Unfortunately I was able to only produce two eggs this last time and they were fertilized by my DH and the embryos divided beautifully. Unfortunately, they just didn’t implant.

    I”m now at that middle point of the road where there is a fork in the road, should I go for another round of IVF that my insurance company will cover (this last time), or should I try to go the donor route (which I definitely cannot afford anyways), which seems to be more of a sure shot. Hence, the problem also being not many african american or multi-race donors and companies seemingly in the business of making a profit off of others disability/inability to produce quality/multiple eggs.

    Debbie

  8. Hi Debbie- I would suggest if you are going to go the donor route that you seek an independent donor. I came across my first recipients ad and contacted her after reading it (she posted it on a classified forum) We talked on the phone and hit it off right away, we are still friends 8 yrs later (donated almost 7 yrs ago to them) The other recipient I also met online and it was a more professional relationship, but it went incredibly smooth as well! I think the bulk of the cost you may be seeing is the payment to the agency. I know they serve a purpose, but really if you are educated in this process (and I am SURE you are!!) then you can have an independent donation and shave several thousand off your cost. Also, depending on what state you live in, your insurance may cover the recipients blood work and testing so you would not be out of pocket for those expenses (my 2nd recipients insurance covered my testing). If you can do your matching and donation without an agency in the mix, you would only have the donors fee, travel and testing/meds to cover so it can DEFINITELY be affordable to you so don’t rule it out! Good luck to you!

  9. Thank you so much for the information. Sounds like the independent donor route would be more like something I could afford. I would love to do that but I’m not sure where to even start. I live pretty far away from mainland USA. However, I am sure that my insurance would cover my donor’s blood work but not her meds so there does seem to be light at the end of this tunnel. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. Feel free to send me a private email at drq38@hotmail.com

    Aloha & Mahalo

  10. hello, i stumbled on your forum and i am really happy i did.
    Debbie, we are in thesame boat but my hubbie and i have decided to go the donor route.
    jmarksgirl, can i pm you for some advise? u seem to be a pro in this.
    i live in southern california and ready to do donor egg ivf but don”t want to go through any agency. i an looking for independent donors.

  11. I stummbled across this blog because I googled African American Egg donor. I’m the owner of an agency that has only African American Egg Donors and I’m also a mother to a child 7 years old from egg donation. I think it’s interesting that some feel African American Egg Donors are paid a higher compensation. They are paid on the same scale as other donors and I have many wonderful, educated, and very compassionate women who are willing to help African-American women become mothers.
    The reason why many couples use an agency is because they wish to remain anonymous. Most agency fees are very high (mine are reasonable) and most agencies have 2 or 3 African American donors we have over 60.
    My daughter is my life and the reason why I started my company, because I think many African American women never consider egg donation as a means to have a family. Most of my clients are African and they come to the States because they cannot find donors in their country.
    I won’t list my agency because I’m not here to advertise, but I’ve been in business for over 5 years and if you google African American Egg Donor I’m on top.
    I wish all of you the best.

  12. I was researching African-American egg donors just because I was curious. A friend of mine had jokingly said she was considering it due to financial pressures and I laughed and replied that if it paid enough, I would do it too. (We’re both freshmen in college; she’s 18 and I’m 17–we have no intention of actually go through with this.) Anyways, I got home and was still interested in the process of egg donation, and while I am still no expert, I feel a hell of a lot more educated on the subject. Every site I went on seemed to suggest that the eggs of Asian women and women who’s children could have blue eyes were the most popular in demand. Does anyone know where I could find a concise list of statistics on what type of donors egg-seekers are searching for? Also, I think being an egg donor could possibly be a enriching experience for me in the future–are there any specific features (like facial characteristics) that are more desired than others?

  13. Hi Interest –
    I’m African-American and I’ve donated twice in the past six months. I think most places require you to be at least 21, but you might find a few agencies that require you to be 18. Also, I think most agencies offer a base rate for each donor, but I think some places may pay more for Asian and Jewish. The main requirements is that you’re healthy (physically and psycologically), don’t care any genetic diseases, and have some kind of life goals. I don’t think that there are certain physical characteristics that are more desirable than others, because generally the people at the agency match you with a family that has physical characteristics similar to yours.

    I hope that helped.

  14. I m interested in an egg donor but can’t afford going through an agency. Pls any kind hearted female who is willing to help me ? I’ll compensate the donor and take care of her travel etc. I;m in texas. My contact is norahbrian2006@yahoo.com

  15. Hi, we are an African American Couple seeking an AA egg donor. I cannot conceive due to POF and we are limited in funds and looking to work something out with a donor and possibly another couple willing to share eggs. If you are in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area, please reach out to us at Live.here@yahoo.com

  16. Hi…I’m 26 years old and interested in being an Egg donor. My blood group is AA. I hold a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and im a writer. I am of African descent and will be willing to assist intersted couples with their dream of childbirth. I live in Indiana (IN) but i’m willing to travel. You can send me an email here: detoy2005@yahoo.com

  17. Hello everyone,
    I am actually going to be the recipient of a donor egg. I have 1 child by a previous relationship, and one by marriage. I am in an interracial marriage. Part of my problems were that I had my first child at 35, my second at 40.I waited late to start having children. I am 44 now and my husband and I have been trying for 4 years. After 3 miscarriages we decided to seek help from an infertility specialist. We were told that I had small eggs, and a diminished ovarian reserve. We decided after 2 more miscarriages, to go with a donor egg. The donor is African American. We were blessed. I just hope that it works. I am scheduled for the embryo transfer in 2 weeks. We are very excited, and are anxious to add to our existing family. I have met some African American who have had trouble conceiving. It seems like people are talking more about it. It is very expensive, but prayerfully it will work.

  18. Hi I’m an african american female I have been pregnant twice and had two successfull deliveries of 8lb babies. I just turned 26 and I live in Texas. I am interested in becoming an egg donor you can contact me at shakina_watts@yahoo.com

  19. Hello Everyone! I am an African American and Puerto Rican female, 22 years of age. I am currently in college, senior year. Ill be graduating with a BS in Biology and a BA in Vocal Music. Music and Science are my passions. My goals are to continue my work and music and to become and anesthesiologist. I am healthy, I take good care of my body. I have never been pregnant and I have never taken any kind of birth control. I am very interested in becoming an egg donor. Lets talk more if I fit your criteria. Email me at focused_ttd@yahoo.com

  20. Hello everyone. I came across this website and I wanted to share information. I have an agency in the US that handles egg donation and surrogacy. I have done research, articles and written blogs regarding African American infertility as well as egg donation and surrogacy. As an African American egg donor, surrogate and agency owner I can tell you the majority of AA donors I have seen do not receive higher compensation than their counterparts. If anything they receive less. I’ve been in this industry since 1999 and I can tell you it has come a long way but it still has a ways to go.
    There is a very big misconception that African American women can get easily pregnant as we all know. But there is also a misconception that African American women aren’t willing to donate. There are a lot of AA women willing to donate. The issue was for a long time that there was never a need which we all know is false as well.
    There are nonprofit organizations now that are helping to bring awareness and education to African American infertility.
    http://thebrokenbrownegg.org
    http://www.infertilityeducation.org/familiesofcolor.html
    http://www.raresoil.com

    Hope this information helps.

  21. Hey everyone, i am a healthy 26 year old, african american mother of 2 who is interested in becoming a donor. This is something i have been considering for some time now because I know first hand how fulfilling it is to be a parent & raise children. I feel it is very unfortunate to want to be able to concieve and i would be honored to assist in making someones dream of parenthood come true. I can be contacted by email kaitay_4485@yahoo.com

  22. Hello, I am a 38 year-old AA. I have 2 adult boys in which I love with all of my heart. I have had a total of 4 pregnancies. Sad to say, I could only care for the two financially and emotionally.

    I am a little more mature, but would not mind donating. I am able to get pregnant, but not able to carry due to procedure I recently had (my endometrial lining was thinned due to my heavy periods).

    Again, eggs not damaged in any way, just my cervix 🙂

  23. i would like to donate my eggs to anyone in need.i am a 19 year old African american female. i have had a successful pregnancy to a 9 lb little boy.i am in college and a straight A student. my son is almost 2 years old and can say the alphabet and count to ten. intelligence is one of my strong traits. i am finished having children and want to start birth control but id like to help people have children before i end my cycles completely. i have no medical problems in myself or my family. i have black hair and brown eyes. i am 5’8″ and i am height/weight proportionate. i live in new jersey and i currently cannot travel due to school. email me at sjmom92@gmail.com…. i really want to help someone out but all the agencies i’ve tried say i’m too young. if you know of an agency that will take me please feel free to email me. i’m a very nice and compassionate person. i’ve been told i’m attractive but you can decide for yourself ha ha. thank you for reading it and please no mean emails i have received some before.

  24. Hello I’m a 24 year old AA woman who has given natural birth to a baby boy. I’m college educated and motivated. I am 5’2 and I’m located in the chicagoland/Indiana area I’m also interested in donating eggs If you are at all interested feel free to contact me @tachianapruitt@yahoo.com

  25. Hi I’m very interested in donating my eggs since me and my husband are completely finished with children. I have a 4yr old and a 2 1/2 yrs old and I’m 31 Weeks pregnant with twins a boy and a girl. I’m 23 African American in college working on my degreedegree in Criminal Justice. I have a very beautiful family I will only do the donor process at a local agency in February 2013 in or near Atlanta GA email anytime with questions 912 695 0037

  26. I’m 21 and interested in being a donor. I would love to help someone who is unable to bear children. I’m 5’7 and 135 lbs and have light brown skin and thick long black hair. My family is from Louisiana and were creole. We’re all very educated and I’m currently a student finishing up my junior year studying literature. If you’re interested contact me via email scooper1992@yahoo.com. I would be glad to help

  27. I’m a 35 yr old AA. I’m looking for someone who is willing to pay for my tubes to be untied as payment for my donated eggs. I live in cleveland heights, ohio. I tied my tubes a couples years ago before divorcing my abusive ex-husband. Im engaged now to a wonderful man but can’t afford to pay for a tubal reversal. If there is any interested please email me at sincereshope4one@yahoo.com.

  28. I am blood type 0+ and live in New York. I am looking for egg donors (Ethiopian, African American or any one that looks like me.

  29. I am a 28 year old African American in Michigan looking to donate my eggs. I would even be willing to do it for free or close to depending on the situation. Email me if you or someone you know are looking for a free egg donor. I am married with 4 beautiful children, 1 girl 3 boys. I can send a family picture. Have a blessed day.

  30. im in Atlanta and looking to donate for compensation.I am currently trying to complete a profile with RBA in Atlanta,Ga.Im trying to put money away for my daughter college fund.:-)
    Email gstateballa@gmail.com sorry for the random email address it is my husbands. 🙂

  31. I am interested in finding an african/african american/black donor. Don’t want to deal with agencies. Please help!

  32. Biracial (African American/ Caucasian) woman looking to donate in the Atlanta, GA area. Willing to travel. Looking to help pay off student loans. Marketing writer with bachelors in journalism. 6-feet tall, 160 lbs, brown eyes, and hair. allmixedup0@gmail.com

  33. though not the mouth so I was not donating eggs, We did donate our embryos. Because of the clinic and India’s poor processing of our DNA we were unsure to which the embryos maybe belong since other pregnancies had resulted in just stational surrogates delivering babies and when US couples attempted to exit they learned of the DNA mismatch.
    18 donated embryos to 5 families. 21 babies born (I’m US Citizen, Eurasian/Khazak decent …. ED was SE Indian….)
    Results (DNA)
    Two belong to my male partner
    18 were by me.
    13 where biracial (African decent)
    7 with “Asian/ other”
    1 with no relation to either of us/ baby was full African decent.

  34. I’m a US citizen and hoping to find someone who will donate a fertilized egg of african/ caucasian female plz contacted me. Thank you

  35. ATTENTION:: To ANYONE that is interested in finding an EGG DONOR !!!!
    Please take the time to read my brief bio

    My name is Chasity Anderson. I would love to become your egg donor. I am African American (With Great long thick hair by the way) I am 117lbs and 5 foot 4 inches tall and I’m 21 years old. Graduated from high school in 2012 with a 3.8 GPA and is currently attending school as a Medical Specialist in college. Soon to began classes to achieve my bachelors degree in Veterinarian Science as well. I speak two languages German and English and I have a 2 year old daughter so I do have a proven record of fertility. My daughter began running across the floor at a week shy of her 9 months mark. And is very smart and talks fluent English (full sentences and just turned 2 years old May 2015) with a limited amount of German as well. She was fully potty trained by 15 months. I am currently a donor with Circle Surrogacy agency also.If you are still interested in finding an egg donor here in the US I would love to be a potential candidate. Contact with any information or questions. I am willing to travel and is willing to work through my AGENCY as well as INDEPENDENTLY. If you would like pictures of myself definitely email me as I would love to begin the process IMMEDIATELY.

    Best of luck in your search.

    Chasity,

    Contact information
    Cell: 210-849-2563
    Email: donaldcbennett@gmail.com

  36. ATTENTION:: To ANYONE that is interested in finding an EGG DONOR !!!!
    Please take the time to read my brief bio

    My name is Chasity Anderson. I would love to become your egg donor. I am African American (With Great long thick hair by the way) I am 117lbs and 5 foot 4 inches tall and I’m 21 years old. Graduated from high school in 2012 with a 3.8 GPA and is currently attending school as a Medical Specialist in college. Soon to began classes to achieve my bachelors degree in Veterinarian Science as well. I speak two languages German and English and I have a 2 year old daughter so I do have a proven record of fertility. My daughter began running across the floor at a week shy of her 9 months mark. And is very smart and talks fluent English (full sentences and just turned 2 years old May 2015) with a limited amount of German as well. She was fully potty trained by 15 months. I am currently a donor with Circle Surrogacy agency also.If you are still interested in finding an egg donor here in the US I would love to be a potential candidate. Contact with any information or questions. I am willing to travel and is willing to work through my AGENCY as well as INDEPENDENTLY. If you would like pictures of myself definitely email me as I would love to begin the process IMMEDIATELY.

    Best of luck in your search.

    Chasity,

    Contact information
    Cell: 210-849-2563
    Email: donaldcbennett@gmail.com
    My WEBSITE: chasityandersonblog.wordpress.com

  37. I loved reading the stories of women in my situation and also of the women willing to help other women in my situation… I must admit I was really becoming discouraged. Thank you for giving me back some hope. My journey continues!!!

  38. Hello I am a married advanced aged African American woman looking for an egg donor. My husband and I have struggled with infertility for over 13 years. Due to my advanced age of 47 I can no longer use my own eggs. I would love to complete a donor egg IVF cycle this year. If you are serious and would like to donate your eggs please send me a message via email: Melondy4123@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!!!

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