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Top Ten Considerations when putting together an Egg Donor Legal Agreement

Published December 26, 2013

legal Egg Donation legal agreements

1.Hire a Lawyer who has experience in Fertility Law, especially having dealt with Egg Donor agreements

2.Establish what the financial responsibilities are, on the part of the Recipient Couple for all expenses incurred – for the donor, the fertility clinic, as well as the legal costs

3. Include in the contract that the Recipient Couple will be financially and legally responsible for the child/ren, as well as all remaining eggs, and embryos.

4. All parties must sign consents at the Fertility clinic- ensuring that they understand the medical process/risks that they are undertaking. If either party has questions regarding the consents, they will have the chance to review them with their lawyer.

5. Intended parents, and the Donor must complete Infectious disease screening. Additionally, the Egg Donor must be medically/psychologically cleared by the Fertility clinic prior to the legal process beginning.

6. With recent breakthroughs in the preservation, or freezing of eggs, for later use in fertility treatment, it is important that clients consider how they will deal with excess embryos. As technology progresses, the period of time an embryo can be stored and used is likely to increase dramatically.

7. CFC to keep records on all parties in the event information is later needed for legal or medical reasons.

8. Outline confidentiality concerns and provide for privacy for all parties, or in known agreements, establish how/when contact will be made, and by which party.

9. Stipulate that the legal agreement is to be governed by Canada’s federal legislation.

10. Finally, and most importantly, ensure that you fully understand the agreement that you are entering into. There are no such things as unimportant questions. If it is important to you, it should be important to your lawyer. All clients come to this process, after going through their own journey. Ensuring that all parties you engage, including your fertility clinic, donor program, and lawyer, are caring, and committed to helping you navigate the legal process of engaging an Egg donor to help you build your family.

For further information on CFC’s new Egg Donor program, please contact us at 613 439 8701, or by emailing us at

Who needs an Egg Donor?

Published December 23, 2013

Who needs an Egg Donor?

Egg Egg Donation in Canada

CFC works with many clients, who are needing to use Egg Donors to help them build their families. The following conditions or situations are typical candidates for donor eggs:

  • Early menopause or premature ovarian failure (POF)
  • Extremely poor egg quality
  • History of genetic disease
  • Ovaries do not respond to stimulation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Over the age of 40
  • Same sex male couples, who are also using a Gestational carrier
  • Single male who will be using a Gestational carrier

What is the process for selecting an egg donor?

The first step is to decide the characteristics you prefer are looking for in an egg donor- including, Education, Appearance, Race, Religion.The egg donor could be a family member, friend, or someone anonymous. Any potential egg donor should be screened as follows:

  • History of genetic/hereditary diseases
  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Psychological screening
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • Screening for drug/nicotine use

What is the medical process for the egg donor?

The egg donor will experience ovary stimulation using the same medications that a woman would use to stimulate her own egg development during in vitro fertilization. Ovulation induction will be done using a combination of medications. These medications will help prevent ovulation from occurring too early and also help stimulate the production of multiple eggs in the ovary.The donor will be monitored through ultrasound and blood work to determine when her follicles have developed. The hormone hCG is then administered and the eggs are retrieved about two days later. The donor has committed to this process for the last couple of months.

What is the process for the recipient couple?

Ideally, the recipient

Why women become Egg Donors

Published December 21, 2013

Why women become Egg Donors


CFC works with many couples, who require an Egg Donor to build their family. Infertile couples who choose to use an egg donor have often exhausted many other fertility treatments through the years. They are either hoping to carry themselves, or alternately will be using a donor, and a Gestational surrogate to finally achieve parenthood. If you were to become an egg donor, you would give a couple/person the chance to finally achieve their dream of parenthood. You will be giving the gift of life.

The decision to become an egg donor should not be made without a great deal of thought. It is essential for you to be truthful, both to yourself and the fertility clinic, about your motivation to become an egg donor. If you do not anticipate the strong emotions that can result from egg donation, you may find yourself regretting your decision later.

The majority of women who donate their eggs do so to ease the struggle of couples who are infertile due to ovarian failure, cancer treatments, or to gay couples who will be using a Gestational surrogate to finally become parents. Many of these young women have a close friend or family member who has experienced infertility and wish to help another couple going through the same emotionally challenging experience.

When you become an egg donor, you will be reimbursed for your expenses associated with the appointments, and process. The nurses at the fertility clinic realize that during the egg donation process, your priorities will need to revolve around doctor’s appointments and medications for several weeks, and they will all do their best to accommodate your schedule.

If you have wanted to become an egg donor, but would like to find out more about the requirements, please contact our office to request an information packet. The ongoing success of our egg donation program relies on the generosity of women like you.

What donors have said about their Donor Experience: Knowing that I helped a couple achieve a pregnancy is the greatest gift, I’m so proud of this accomplishment

I have proven that my children are the greatest, by sharing this gift with the world. Why wouldn’t I want someone else to have children as amazing as mine

While doing my Masters in Biology, I became fascinated with the science of reproductive technology, after learning about it in a class I took. Becoming a donor was not only fulfilling emotionally, but also amazing from a scientific perspective

To contact us for further information, please email us at Or by calling our office at 613-439-8701