Why be an Egg Donor?

By becoming an egg donor with the Nurture Egg Donor Program, you are doing something incredibly selfless, kind and caring.

You are helping other people have the child they have longed for.

Why do families need egg donors?

Well there are a whole bunch of reasons, sometimes our future parents don’t have eggs, sometimes there are genetic diseases that the mom-to-be doesn’t want to pass on to her children, sometimes mom-to-be has had cancer and chemo has damaged her eggs.

Whatever the reason, many of the future parents who come to Nurture for help have had a terrifying, exhausting and emotional journey to get here. They see the Nurture egg donors for who they really are... selfless, brave & incredibly kind. These egg donors are willing to offer hope to a stranger, understanding the risks of egg donation and embracing the egg donation procedure with courage and compassion.

What you need to know about becoming an egg donor in South Africa


How much do you get paid for donating your eggs as an egg donor in South Africa? 

You get paid between R8,000 and R10,000, depending on where you donate. The payment received is compensation for your time and effort. You can donate a maximum of 6 times.

Is it painful?

Donating eggs is a painless procedure. Eggs are retrieved via conscious sedation, so you will be asleep and feel no pain during the 15-20 minute egg retrieval procedure.

How are the eggs retrieved?

While you are asleep, the doctor will insert a fine needle through the wall of your vagina to suction the eggs out into a test tube. So there is no cutting or scaring.

Is egg donation safe?

Egg donation is very safe! The highly qualified doctors will take excellent care of you.

Will donating my eggs affect my chance of having children one day?

No it won't. You are born with all the eggs you will ever have. When you do an egg donation cycle, the eggs that are collected are eggs that would have gone to waste in that particular cycle.

Why choose Nurture?

If you're wondering how to become an egg donor in South Africa, Nurture is not only the biggest egg donor program in South Africa, it is also the best!  Nurture was founded in 2008, and over the past 16 years, we've had over 40,000 egg donors sign up with us. We have the most experience in egg donation in South Africa, which means we are very particular about how our egg donors and future parents are treated, both personally and professionally.

How do I apply?

Click the Apply button below and complete the application form.

For more questions and answers, please visit the FAQ page on this website. 


A few words from one of our awe-inspiring donors.

“I just wanted to say Thank You for all the effort you put into making my donation process a success. For always checking up on me, making sure everything was okay…Thank You!
I really had an amazing experience. What you guys do is really magnificent…was glad to assist in making a difference in someone else’s life.”


How do I sign up?

The first step to becoming a Nurture egg donor is to complete an initial online application.
You can do this by clicking here:

Become an Egg Donor

Navigating the Egg Donor Application Process

If you do meet the initial criteria you go through to our egg donor application form. This form does take a bit of time, so make sure you have all the information you need at your fingertips. The application asks for information on your health, your family health history, interests, education, toddler photographs, employment, and fertility information. We protect your identity throughout the process as egg donation in South Africa is anonymous.

Once you have completed the full application form and we have all your information, a Nurture team member will contact you for a 1 on 1 information session.

1 on 1 information session

Nurture has a one on one information session with all our egg donors before we accept them on to our program.

The purpose of the information session is to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision to become one of our committed fabulous egg donors.

Once you are selected to donate the excitement begins! The Nurture team will support and guide you every step of the way.

To ensure you qualify in terms of the required criteria to be an egg donor, click here.

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Egg Donor Compensation

We know that our egg donors want to donate their eggs because they care about their fellow humans, because they want to help out, because they might know someone who struggled to have a child and they have seen the heartache it causes.

They want to pay it forward.

And we love them for that.

To compensate you for your time, travel and commitment you will receive between R8000 and R10000 once you have donated, depending on where you donate and the number of donations you have done.

Want to know what it’s like being an egg donor?

“From that first email saying ‘You have been chosen as a donor’, to the last nervous moments in theatre when the doctor said ‘You’re going to feel a little light-headed, but you won’t remember a thing’, my journey with Nurture has been nothing short of fabulous.

The whole process seemed to fly by so quickly. Once the paperwork was sorted and the initial appointments with the doctors were done, there was no looking back – I was on my way to changing someone’s life forever.

The injections initially seemed so daunting, but after the first one, I knew I would be just fine. The next two weeks of doctors’ appointments, healthy eating (a little insanity on my part in trying to produce the perfect egg), and injections went well.

On that Monday morning, after getting stuck in traffic and getting lost a bit because of nerves, I got to the hospital to the friendly staff who reassured me that everything was fine and I began to relax. I wish I could have watched the actual retrieval, that’s how excited I was about doing this, but the doctor knows best…so it was lights out for me. After an hour (I’m guessing), I woke up to a little pain and discomfort, but it was done. After a few days of bed rest and light activity, my journey as a donor had ended.

I pray that in my giving, a new family has been born. May God guide you and bless you in your new journey as parents and a family. My love and prayers are forever with you.”

Donor D

Let’s Answer Your Questions!

Becoming an egg donor is an incredibly fulfilling thing to do, and we know you are more than likely a focused, tenacious person who wants to know everything she can about the process. This is why Nurture has put together a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), covering topics from the egg donor application process to the experiences of egg donors, just for you! If you have any other questions please get in touch with us, we really enjoy talking to future potential donors.

You are our heroines after all!

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Real Donor Experiences

If you’d like a more personal peek into what egg donation is like, then click here for more amazing stories from previous Nurture egg donors.

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