Wondering if you could be an egg donor? Your decision to donate eggs could help to create at least one new family and earn you the lifetime gratitude of an infertile couple. But it’s important to consider what’s right for you when making your decision.
Here’s an overview of what to expect, but don’t hesitate to ask your fertility clinic or surrogacy agency any questions you may have.
Qualifications for Egg Donors
Egg donors must meet the following qualifications to be considered:
- You must be a female between the ages of 21-28
- In good health and willing to provide detailed medical history
- Able to self-administer daily injections
- Must be a non-smoker
- Cannot be a drug user
- Must have a regular monthly menstrual cycle
- Your height and weight must be proportionate (BMI between 18 and 28)
- You cannot have had new tattoos or body piercings within the last year
- Must be reliable and responsible
- Available to attend 6-10 medical appointments over a 3-month period
The first step is to complete an application and a donor profile. You may be interviewed in person or over the phone.
Once you are selected by an intended family, you will undergo medical and psychological screening. Any necessary travel will be paid for by the surrogacy or egg donation agency. The medical testing will include a physical exam, pelvic ultrasound, blood work and any other testing as needed.
The psychological exam will include an interview with a counselor and completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). It should take just a few hours and can most likely be scheduled near your home.
You will meet with an attorney to complete an Egg Donor Agreement that protects the interests of both you and the intended parents. There is no cost to you for any screening or legal services.
Preparing for Donation
One you have passed the screening and any agreements are in place, you will begin preparing for egg donation. You will work with a fertility doctor to ensure that your cycles are synchronized with that of the recipient. You will then begin daily injections of fertility drugs to stimulate the production of eggs.
On retrieval day, you will be given conscious sedation and the eggs will be retrieved vaginally. Your condition will be monitored at the hospital for an hour or two before being released. You will be given antibiotics and will be asked to take it easy for the next day or two. You should be able to return to your normal activities within a couple of days, but may experience some bloating and cramping.
After the egg retrieval, all paperwork will be finalized and you will receive your compensation check. Your agency can update you on your IP’s results if you are interested. If you choose to donate again, your agency will market you to other intended parents. ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) guidelines allow you to donate up to six times
Think egg donation may be for you? Contact the experts at Surrogate Solutions or Egg Donor Solutions to learn more. Gayle and her team will be happy to walk you through every step of the process. To discuss the surrogacy or egg donation process in more detail or simply receive a more personal consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Surrogate Solutions or Egg Donor Solutions today!