What is Egg Donation?
Are you looking for a way to change a couple or individuals life? Become an egg donor today! Many people don’t consider becoming an egg donor because they don’t know what it is. That’s why we created this blog to teach you about egg donation and to outline everything you need to know!
What is Egg Donation?
It takes a very caring woman to consider giving such an enormous gift of being an egg donor. Egg donation is a form of assisted reproduction. It involves the act of donating your eggs so that another women who is struggling with fertility can use them. The donated eggs will be implanted in the intended mother’s uterus so that she can have a child without and put an end to the fertility battle. The information in the below blog will teach you more about egg donation and help you decide if it is right for you!
Who Needs Egg Donation?
There are several different reasons why a women requires donated eggs to get pregnant. Many women are unable to have a baby because:
- Their body is no longer producing eggs
- Their remaining eggs are not healthy enough to lead to pregnancy
- Their eggs lead to repeated miscarriages
- Their eggs carry genetic diseases which they wish to avoid
These are some of the reasons that women struggle with pregnancy.
Some of the above listed conditions can be caused by age or even early menopause in women who are younger. By collecting and using eggs from younger women, the intended mother will be able to achieve the pregnancy rate of that younger woman! This means that even though a women is 38, if her egg donor is 25 then she will have the pregnancy rate of a 25 year old!
Regardless of the reason that egg donation is needed, the women who receive the donated eggs are extremely grateful for the selfless gift that the donors have made to change their lives!
Egg Donation Qualifications
There are several different qualifications that you must meet in order to become an egg donor. In order to be qualified to work as an Egg Donor with Simple Surrogacy, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18-30
- Be a resident of the United States or Canada
- Be height-weight proportionate (BMI must be 33 or lower)
- Not smoke, take illegal drugs, or be alcohol dependent
- Not have any sexually transmitted diseases
- Have had a pap-smear within the last year
- Not have any psychiatric illness
- Know at least one half of your genetic make-up
- Have a minimum of a high school education, or equivalent
- Be willing to travel if necessary for retrieval
- Be willing to forgo intercourse for the duration of egg donation process (about 1 month)
- Not have any genetically carried medical conditions
- Be dependable, your intended parents will be counting on you to make all required appointments and injections
- Have read and understand the Egg Donation Process, and be willing to fully follow Dr.’s recommendations
- 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 assist a couple or individual in creating or adding to their family
This list of requirements for our donors exists because we want to provide our intended parents with the highest quality eggs possible.
Egg Donor Application Process
The egg donation process with Simple Surrogacy is simple. If you meet the above listed requirements, we ask that you complete our Application. Once you have done this, a member of our staff will review the profile that you have created and then contact you to review it. If all of the information is correct you will be asked to send pictures of yourself. These pictures will be attached to your profile and featured on our website for intended parents to see. These pictures are an important part of the process as they show the intended parents a snapshot of who you are, so we ask that you take your time to select good photos! After your profile is complete it will be live posted on our website for intended parents to see and you will be contacted when your eggs have been selected.
The Different Types of Egg Donation
At Simple Surrogacy we complete different types of egg donation arrangements. From anonymous, to open and semi-open donor arrangements, you will need to decide which is the right option for you before your profile is submitted to the Intended Parents.
Anonymous donation is the most common form of egg donation. In this arrangement, you will not be given any information about your Recipient Parent(s) and they will not be given any information about you. This means that as an egg donor, you may never even learn if a pregnancy occurs.
Semi-open donation means that a small amount of information is exchanged between the Intended Parent’s and the Egg Donor. This information is very basic information such as names and states of residence.
Open donation is just that, open. This means that all information between the donor and the intended parents is shared and a line of communication is established, sometimes for the entire life of the child.
After you decide which kind of arrangement you prefer, and have completed the application form, you will be available to be matched on Simple Surrogacy!
After You’ve Been Matched
After you have been matched with your Intended Parents you will undergo psychological and medical screening. These tests are conducted to ensure that you are both physically and mentally healthy before you make the donation. This is a very important part of the process because it can provide information that ensures a healthy pregnancy for the intended mother!
Potential Risks for Egg Donors
Although there are not many risks that come with egg donation, there are some potential ones. Some of these risks include:
- Bruising or hemorrhaging of the ovary from the needle used to retrieve the eggs
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This is a series of negative side effects experienced over a two-week period following the release of a large number of eggs
- Long-term consequences that are not fully known
All of these risks are extremely rare and becoming more and more rare with the many advancements in medicine that are taking place everyday.
If you are considering giving the gift of life and becoming an egg donor, contact the team at Simple Surrogacy today. Our team works 24/7 to ensure that our donors, surrogates, and intended parents have the best possible experience and ultimately create a healthy baby! If you need more information or have further questions, please contact our Executive Program Director, Stephanie Scott for a consultation.