The Rewards of Egg Donation: Giving the Gift of Life

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So many people dream of starting a family of their very own. Yet for many couples, starting a family with traditional methods is not an option. In fact, 1 in 8 couples has difficulty conceiving a child. Due to any number of fertility struggles, these hopeful parents turn to donor eggs. Just as there are many reasons for using donor eggs, there are just as many for choosing to be an egg donor. Because of these generous donors, many couples can start the families they’ve always wanted. If you have ever wondered about who can become an egg donor, continue reading and visit for more information.

Who can be a donor?

    Donating your eggs is akin to giving the gift of life to families in need. However, there are several factors needed to determine whether you’ll be accepted as a donor candidate.

  • You must be between the ages of 21 and 32
  • You must be tobacco and drug-free
  • You must be free of sexually transmitted diseases
  • You must be in good emotional health and must meet with a psychologist to undergo a mental health screening
  • You must be available for approximately four months
  • You must be prepared to self-administer injectable medications

Even if you meet the basic requirements above, egg donation is not for everyone. It is important to weigh your reasons for becoming a donor with as much information as possible. Also, it’s a good idea to have an outlet for your questions and speak with people who have experience in the process, like a previous donor or egg bank staff member. When deciding whether to donate, take everything into consideration, including what drew you to egg donation in the first place. The decision to help a couple struggling to conceive is ultimately your choice and no one else’s.

What’s involved in egg donation?

    To begin, you’ll undergo drug tests, blood tests, psychological and medical history examinations, as well as evaluations regarding professional and educational histories. If you pass these examinations, you’ll move onto the egg retrieval stages of the process.

Your doctor will prescribe self-administered injectable medications to help stimulate your ovaries to produce mature eggs. During this stimulation stage, you’ll report to a clinic for blood work and monitoring of your body’s response to the medications.

    When your ovaries are ready, your doctor will instruct you to administer a “trigger” shot to stimulate your ovaries to release the eggs. In a simple outpatient procedure known as egg retrieval, your eggs are removed from each follicle with a thin needle. This procedure is performed under a light anaesthetic. Recovery is relatively easy for most women. However, common side effects are cramping, light bleeding, or constipation.

Are these feelings normal?

    When becoming an egg donor, feelings of joy to anxiety are all normal. You may feel anxious about the process or about donating eggs for someone else’s family. You may feel joy you’re contributing to a couple who just want to have a family. You may experience sadness, confusion, or nervousness at the legal implications. No matter what emotions you are feeling, allow yourself to work through them and remember your reasons for choosing to become an egg donor. It’s incredible to think loving and hopeful parents will be able to cherish the amazing gift of life because of you.

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What do donors receive in return?

    For many women, the choice to become an egg donor is rooted in their innate sense of giving. They are giving life, the unbreakable love for a child, a family’s future, and the little moments of joy children bring their parents.

A more material benefit from egg donation is the monetary compensation for your time and effort. Depending upon the number of cycles you complete, the financial benefit can be quite significant.

No matter what draws a woman to become an egg donor, everyone should be aware donors and recipients have legal rights, which are discussed in their entirety during the screening process. It’s important to fully understand the egg donation contract and consult an attorney if you’re unsure of what you’re signing.

Where to begin?

    If you’re still considering becoming an egg donor – and you fit the criteria above – the next step is to begin the application process. Less than 10% of all candidates are accepted as donors; however, if you are not, it’s clear you have a very giving heart and value for a strong family bond.

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