What to Consider When Choosing an Egg Donor
Congratulations on the decision to become parents through surrogacy! We at Simple Surrogacy promise to be with you, and guide you, throughout your journey to parenthood. Now that you have begun your journey, you must select an egg donor. This is a large decision, as this individual will comprise half of your future child’s DNA.
Many say that as long as their baby is happy and healthy, nothing else matters. In the case of surrogacy, all egg donors are pre-screened and must meet a list of criteria in order to donate. This helps eliminate some of the concerns associated with the health of the baby. In order to be considered as an egg donor, a woman must:
- Be between the ages of 18-30
- Have a BMI of 33 or lower
- NOT smoke, take illegal drugs, or be alcohol dependent
- Have NO sexually transmitted diseases
- Have NO psychiatric illnesses
- Know at least one half of their genetic makeup
- Have minimum of high-school education
- Have NO genetically carried medical conditions
There are more requirements to becoming an egg donor, but the above list covers all medical and physical issues. This helps ensure the egg donor is in the best physical shape to provide you with a healthy egg.
When deciding what you are looking for in an egg donor, you must determine what qualities mean the most to you. If you’re going through surrogacy with a partner, then you must also consider what qualities are most important to them.
We suggest making a list of the qualities that you would like your egg donor to have. Once you have made a list, you can then rank the qualities in order of importance. This way, if none of the donors have all of the qualities you desire, you will know ahead of time which qualities mean the most to you.
Some of the most popular qualities of an egg donor people look for include:
- Eye color
- Blood type
If you have any questions about how to select an egg donor, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our experts will be happy to guide you through the selection process and help you choose an egg donor.