Tulip makes it functionally simple to search for an egg donor, but that doesn’t mean it’s emotionally easy. Our Tulip Coaches’ years of experience have shown us that many individuals find themselves stuck at the start, which is why our platform is DIY Plus.
Our founder likes to say, “Look for someone you could imagine as a friend.” To get there, try using Tulip's searchable characteristics to frame your ideal donor. And trust on this – when you find the one, you’ll know.
We recommend choosing a donor who has a good mental health history – no patterns of addiction, eating disorders, schizophrenia, or other extreme mental health disorders for the donor or her immediate family.
Focus on the health of the donor and her immediate family. Grandparents may have health issues that are common in later life, so don’t necessarily rule someone out because her grandparent has had a health issue.
Education is often important for intended parents using an egg donor and there are many bright, college-educated women donating their eggs. The Tulip database has the option to search by academic achievement, but remember that this is only one part of what makes someone unique.
Physical characteristics are one of the first things that intended parents look for in an egg donor. While it’s important to remember that no one has a doppelgänger, you’ll be able to search by height, hair, and eye color. We recommend you try to find a donor who you like on a personal level and can picture as a part of your family.
Women of all backgrounds become egg donors, so you have a good chance of finding the right fit for your family. If you’re looking for a donor with the same ethnic heritage as you, you can use Tulip’s search function to identify donors of a specific ethnicity.
Most donors share their religious background, which you can find by searching the Tulip database with the religion filter. You can find a donor with your religious heritage, but we also like to remind parents that how they raise their child will determine their community and values.