Known Egg Donor vs. Anonymous Egg Donor

The decision of whether or not to donate eggs is a very personal one. If you are a prospective Egg Donor, you might wonder if it is possible to maintain a certain level of privacy during the donation process or even complete it as an anonymous egg donor.

You may not be sure your family will approve of your decision! Or, you think your friends will never understand your reasons and want to save yourself from awkward conversations. The thought of the Intended Parents finding out your identity someday freaks you out.

Whatever your reasons may be, it is expected to have some questions. So, can you donate while remaining as an anonymous egg donor? Are there any limitations? In the following piece, we will look at the issue of egg donation and privacy and provide tips that can help you stay anonymous.

Is being an anonymous egg donor always possible?

Well, egg donation is anonymous in almost all cases, and at Lucina Egg Bank, it is always anonymous.Even with other egg donation agencies,being an anonymous egg donor is possible if that’s what you want. There are different types of egg donation, each having its differences.

Known donor

This is also referred to as “open arrangement.” A known donor arrangement usually occurs between Intended Parents and an Egg Donor who have previously met at one point.In most cases, the donor is usually a friend or family member of the Intended Parents. Both parties may decide to share personal information, including names and addresses, with one another.

Semi-anonymous donor

Another name for this is a “semi-open arrangement.” In this type of egg donation, the donor and Intended Parents share a tiny piece of information. It may be their first name or the city they reside in. If both parties agree, they may contact each other later, although they are not expected to do so.

Anonymous egg donor

This is the most common type of egg donor arrangement. As the name suggests, this type of egg donation is 100% anonymous. This arrangement means that the Intended Parents and the donor don’t share identifying information, and there’s no chance of meeting later.

How do we make sure your egg donation is completely anonymous?

At Lucina, we take our Egg Donors’ privacy extremely seriously. We take specific steps to ensure your privacy throughout the egg donation process.

Any information that may reveal who you are is deleted from your candidate profile before showing it to potential Intended Parents. At all process stages, we also keep your personal, medical, and genetic information private.

How can you ensure you remain anonymous as an Egg Donor? 

While we will do everything necessary to protect your privacy and confidentiality, there are certain things you can also do to help maintain your anonymity.

   1. Use unique pictures

When filling out your Egg Donor application, you will be required to provide pictures that will feature on your donor profile. These photos will be displayed to the Intended Parents. Sadly, it is now possible to know someone’s identity from pictures using Google or other powerful reverse image searches.

That’s why we advise that you submit pictures you haven’t posted on social media or websites yet, which can be used to find out who you are. When selecting a photo of you as a kid to add to your donor profile, make sure to use ones you have not previously used for a throwback.

   2. Ensure your photos don’t contain any identifying information.

When choosing pictures, it is best to go for ones without putting on your work uniform, a university or club shirt, or other things that explain who you are. Check the background of the pictures you intend to use and ponder if your address or location can be figured out.

   3. Please don’t talk about it on social media.

Egg donation is an exciting, wonderful experience you may want to narrate to your friends, family, and people, which is understandable. However, it would be best to keep details off Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, as doing so can jeopardize the privacy you are trying to protect.


As an Egg Donor, you will undergo several screening tests and a research of your medical, family, and personal history. By becoming a donor, you are agreeing to take ovarian stimulation medications, go to the fertility clinic, and eventually undergo the egg retrieval procedure. With this, you are making a significant difference in the Intended Parents’ lives by helping them add a new member to their family.

Although egg donation is extremely rewarding, it can be a challenging process. So, you deserve to be treated with care and absolute respect while giving much of yourself. Protecting your privacy and confidentiality is an integral part of that care. At Lucina, we specialize in anonymous egg donors and we will always ensure your identity is well-protected and safe with us.

We are committed to making your egg donation journey rewarding, anonymous, and safe. Our egg banking program helps ensure you don’t need to wait until you’re matched with hopeful parents before you can donate.

Apply today to know if you are eligible for our egg donation program.