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How to Prepare to Become an Egg Donor
Egg Donation is a very personal and selfless act that can help an individual who has fertility issues to have a child. If you’re thinking about becoming an Egg Donor, here is a breakdown of all the information you need to know to prepare for Egg Donation.
What is Egg Donation?
Egg Donation is the process where a woman donates her eggs in order to present another couple or individual, known as intended parents, who are struggling with fertility, the chance to have a child of their own.
Egg Donor Qualifications
There are several different qualifications that a potential Egg Donor must meet in order to begin the process. These qualifications include:
- Age 21-30
- Resident of the United States or Canada
- BMI of 30 or lower
- Non-smoker, no illegal drugs, and not alcohol dependent
- No sexually transmitted diseases
- Have had a pap-smear within the last year
- No psychiatric illness
- Know at least one half of your genetic make-up
- High school education, or equivalent (minimum)
- Be willing to travel if necessary for retrieval
- Be willing to undergo a Psychological Assessment
- Be willing to forgo intercourse for the duration of egg donation process (about 1 month)
- Not have any genetically carried medical conditions
- Be dependable
- Not have had any tattoos or piercings within the past 12 months
- Not have had the Depo Provera shot for at least 8 months
- Not be on Nor-plant
- Have a genuine desire to donate eggs
- Not currently breastfeeding or pumping
- Be 2 Months Post part (2 Periods)
Some Egg Donation or Surrogacy facilities require different qualifications but the above mentioned are mostly industry standard.
How does Egg Donation work?
If you have decided to become an Egg Donor and have met the above listed qualifications, it is important that you know more about the process and how to prepare for it. That’s why our team has developed a breakdown of the Egg Donation Process!
The Egg Donation Process
The process of Egg Donation is fairly straightforward. From the application to the legality, here’s what you can expect if you choose to become an Egg Donor.
First, you must submit an application which determines if you meet the above listed criteria. Once this application has been approved, an administrator will contact you to review your application and discuss next steps.
No matter the agency, the compensation for an Egg Donor depends on the demand of their eggs, their experience as an Egg Donor, and their education. This means that an inexperienced Egg Donor will make less than one who is experienced with a good education and genetic makeup. All legal and medical fees will be covered no matter the Egg Donor’s experience.
There are different types of Egg Donations based on the comfort level of the Egg Donor. There are anonymous, semi- open, and open Egg Donation agreements.
Anonymous Egg Donation
This type of Egg Donation is exactly what its name says. The Egg Donor will not know anything about the recipient, if there is one, and the recipient will not know anything about the Egg Donor. This is the most common form of Egg Donation.
Semi-Open Egg Donation
In a Semi-Open Egg Donation agreement, both parties learn a bit of information about each other. Information such as names and state of residence is included in this type of agreement.
Open Egg Donation
An Open Egg Donation is an agreement where both parties share all the information about themselves with each other. Many times the Egg Donor and intended parent(s) may even meet in person or continue speaking after the child is born!
After the Egg Donor has been matched with an intended parent(s), they must successfully complete a physical and psychological screening. This is an extremely important part of the process because it will determine if the Egg Donor is mentally and physically able to provide healthy eggs.
The agency that the Egg Donor decides to work with will provide them with an Attorney who will guide them through the legality of the procedure. This process is put in place in order to keep the Egg Donor, intended parent(s), and the future child safe and protected.
Preparation for Egg Donation
To prepare for Egg Donation there are a many different things that you can do. It is not necessary to follow all of the below suggestions but we recommend selecting a few!
It is important to remain healthy before and during the Egg Donation process. This can be as simple as getting your yearly flu shot and cutting back on unhealthy foods and habits!
Asking questions is a large part of any big decision. If you are thinking about becoming an Egg Donor we suggest that you first come up with a list of questions to ask an agency.
Follow Doctor’s Instructions
When you begin the process of Egg Donation, the doctor will provide you with medication and instructions. From Birth Control pills to Lupron injections, these medications are very important to the Egg Donation process and so is the manner in which they are taken. Following the doctor’s instructions is very important to ensure the eggs that are donated are healthy and viable.
There are many other ways to prepare for Egg Donation. Contact a member of the team at Simple Donations today to learn more about what you can do!
Why Simple Donations?
Simple Donations is a subsidiary of Simple Surrogacy which is a surrogacy agency that puts its clients first. We work to make every surrogacy and egg donation process easy and simple in Dallas, Texas. Since 2002, our team has been working to bring babies into the world through Surrogacy and Egg Donation.
The Simple Donations Difference
Simple Donations is an agency that is different from the competition. What is it that makes us different? Our passion. Our very own Executive Program Director, Stephanie Scott, has been a Surrogate three-times!
If you’ve decided to become an Egg Donor, or have more questions to ask, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today! You can also visit our website to learn more information about the process and our agency.Go back
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