Becoming an egg donor offers not only compensation for the donation, but the ability to help an infertile couple have a child they so desperately want. One in four couples in America suffer from infertility; many of these couples require donor eggs or sperm to conceive a child. Egg donation should not be taken lightly, however; there are risks, as with any procedure. The process of becoming an egg donor, from the approval process to questionnaires, exams and medical evaluations, can be strenuous.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Find a reputable egg donor clinic in your area by contacting your local fertility clinics and inquiring about egg donation.
Meet the requirements of becoming an egg donor. These are dependent on your individual egg donor clinic, but most require that you be at a healthy weight and between 21 and 35 years of age. Often, egg donors are also required to have a certain level of college education.
Fill out an application and questionnaire. Expect to spend a good deal of time on the application process, which will include personal questions about yourself, your medical history, your income and your sexual history. You will also fill out personal information such as your physical attributes and personality traits.
Take any exams and evaluations required of egg donors. You will go through a variety of physical, emotional and psychological evaluations as well as physical exams and blood tests.
Inject yourself with hormones to stimulate your eggs. You will be supplied with hormone injections and directions on how to administer the injections, which you will do for about two to three weeks. Expect several trips to the clinic for exams and ultrasounds. Once the eggs are harvested, the clinic will then extract the eggs with a long needle through the vagina. The actual procedure can take up to an hour with some mild discomfort afterward.
Tips and warnings
- Bring a list of the questions and concerns you have when you meet with the clinic's coordinator for the first time.
- Take time to think about the benefits of egg donation and the possible risk factors.
- Possible risks from the egg donation process include infections or hemorrhaging from the procedure, an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer from the injections and the risk of getting Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.
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