A few years ago, egg donation was often viewed as a cringe-worthy topic that few would dare speak out about in public. The stigma is not because it is a taboo topic but more of a by-product of inadequate information regarding it. Things are changing nowadays.
What is Human Egg Donation?
Human egg donation is a medical process that usually begins by stimulating a young, healthy woman’s ovaries to produce extra eggs. The eggs are then retrieved and then made available to women who are struggling with infertility.
A huge percentage of egg donors are women who donate their eggs to close friend and family, however, some women are recruited by egg donation agencies or fertility clinics to join a registry for anonymous egg donors. Couples who are seeking healthy eggs are able to select from the registry whose eggs they will be used to produce a healthy child.
Who Will Benefit From an Egg Donation
It is not just women who have primary infertility that will benefit from a donor’s gracious egg donation. Many women these days are delaying childbearing and may become ready to be mothers when the quality of their eggs no longer match the ability of their uterus to bring a child to term. This further increases the demand for egg donors, a fact supported by a statement from Michelle Purcell, a nurse at Shady Grove Fertility who shared that about 15,000 women apply to be egg donors in their facility every year.
Are You Ready to be An Egg Donor?
If you are thinking of being an egg donor, you need to understand that there is the possibility of rejection and that your future child may not even know who you are. Below are some things to check to determine if you are indeed ready to donate your eggs.
Research on Your Eligibility
Most fertility clinics in the US have an egg donor approval rate of about 3%. This is because egg donors have a rigid screening method wherein the women’s age, physical location, health status, smoking history, sexual history, and familial history of diseases and disorders are taken into consideration.
Find Out What to Expect
Becoming an egg donor is not easy. There are lengthy applications to fill up, detailed physical and psychological exams to undergo, genetic testing to be done, and other tests to be completed.
Know that the entire process will take months because once you are selected as a donor, your menstrual cycle will have to be adjusted to match your egg’s recipient and that you will be given medications that will spur your egg production (this is partly why donors have to undergo psychological evaluation).
Understand the Risks
Because the process of egg donations means that the donor will be given fertility drugs and will have to undergo an invasive procedure to extract the eggs, it comes with certain health risks (this is why the first step was to screen for health issues, to begin with) that the doctor will talk to you about. It is just easier to know them beforehand.
Are You Doing It with the Right People for the Right Reasons
The right facility to donate eggs to won’t jump at any donor available. They will be careful with regards to every aspect of the egg donation process. They will make sure that you have a full understanding of what the process entails and will have specialists to support you medically, legally, and psychologically. They know that being selected as an egg donor is worth a lot more than the compensation of several thousand dollars. They want you to appreciate that egg donation is about choosing to share the gift of life.