Egg Donation: Is it right for you?
Do you have that power?
Between doctor’s appointments, strict schedules and eventually matching with intended parents, egg donation requires much consideration.
Most women who decide donate their eggs spend many hours researching the process, procedures and various clinics in their area. Even if you are just curious about egg donation, this is a great place to start.
The decision to become an egg donor should not be taken lightly, and when you do arrive at that conclusion, you should consider the following:
- Are you between the ages of 18 and 30?
- Are you a non-smoker?
- Do you have any genetically carried medical conditions?
- Do you have a high school education or equivalent?
Consider these factors, and factors like these, as a pre-screening process. Find a full list of qualifications for egg donors here.
Age is of particular importance. Many women who rely on egg donation to start their own families are looking for younger, stronger women to donate their eggs. Using the egg of a younger woman allows an older woman to carry out a pregnancy at the success rate of that of a younger woman.
If you meet the qualifications, have signed up with a fertility clinic and you’re still excited as ever, then it’s time to think about the arrangements.
With Simple Donations you can opt for an anonymous, open or semi-open arrangement. With an anonymous arrangement, you and the intended parents will not have any contact, you will not know who they are and you may not even know if a pregnancy occurs. In a semi-open arrangement, very basic information of the intended parents will be exchanged, and an open arrangement allows for open communication throughout the child’s life, the opportunity to know the intended parents and includes the sharing of all information between parties.
Deciding which arrangement is right for you is a vital part of your egg donor profile, and will allow you to match with the right intended parents.
Upon clearance of all screening processes, it’s time to consider the legalities. A lawyer will be provided to guide you through the legal contracts with the IPs.
After all the paperwork is done, it is time to begin the medical portion of the egg donation process. As the egg donor, you will begin taking medication to sync your cycle to the intended mother’s, to increase the success rate of the transfer. Simple Donations will explain in detail every aspect of this medication and its instructions, as it must be taken precisely.
To prepare your body for the Advanced Reproductive Technologies, hormonal medications will be used to enhance the growth and maturity of follicles to improve the chance of fertilization and control the timing of the release of the eggs.
While the hormones are being administered you will be closely monitored, and once approval from a physician has been given, a shot of HCG will be administered to kick start ovulation and egg retrieval will be scheduled within 36 hours.
Preceding the retrieval, a fertility specialist will identify the eggs to be retrieved and a needle will be inserted into the ovary to remove an egg. This process will be repeated for each egg harvested, lasting a maximum of 60 minutes for the entire procedure. After a short recovery, as the egg donor you are able to go home and will need to return for an after retrieval exam. The egg will then be prepared for fertilization and in a few days if fertilization takes, transferred to the intended mother.
The process of egg donation can require a bit of travel and expenses, all which are covered with Simple Donations. On top of the satisfaction and joy you feel knowing you helped a woman carry out her dreams of pregnancy and motherhood, egg donors can be compensated up to $10,000.
Donating your eggs is not a decision that should be made lightly, but it can turn a couple into a family, a woman into a mother. Egg donation is your gift to give, if you decide it is right for you, Simple Donations will keep the whole process simple. Find out more about the egg donation process here.