It is usually not a lot of time but you will have to miss some work to be an egg donor. Once you are matched with a couple, an average retrieval cycle requires from 5 to 7 doctor visits over a 6 to 8 week period. These visits can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the reason for the visit and the doctor’s schedule on any particular day. You will not be able to return to work the day of your retrieval. AND DUE TO THE ANESTHESIA YOU CANNOT DRIVE HOME THE DAY OF YOUR RETRIEVAL. For donors who travel, travel time will vary depending on your location and the location of the doctor. If you are willing to travel, speak with an SSA counselor. Donors receive an additional $500.00 bonus for long distance travel.