Ever Thought About Donating Your Eggs?

As an egg donor, you have the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of infertile women and couples. You will be helping them create the family they’ve always wanted.   However, the egg donation process is not simple, and donors should carefully review the social and biological considerations. Today we will take a look at a few things to consider before deciding to donate your eggs.

It takes commitment

There’s nothing wrong with the idea of donating your eggs to help someone and earn money while doing so. An egg donor’s pay is significant but choosing to donate one’s eggs is a very personal decision that requires thoughtful consideration.

It’s important to understand your motivation. Are you looking to donate your eggs for money or for altruistic reasons or both?

Some egg donor candidates have already experienced the joys of motherhood and want to help others experience that same joy. While some may have had a close friend or a relative who struggled with infertility and want to help other women and couples through a difficult time.

It is difficult for a woman who donates her eggs to know the emotional effects she may experience during the egg donation process. Some studies show that women who donate their eggs for financial reasons experience more emotional discomfort and may regret their decision. This is compared to women who are more motivated to help someone get pregnant.

Biological concerns are significant as well. You will need to take injectable medications for two weeks which will then be followed by a small surgical procedure for egg retrieval. There are risks of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), pelvic infection and lacerations because of the egg retrieval procedure. Keep in mind, that these are rare complications. 

Who egg donors help

For women struggling with advanced age, diminishing ovarian reserve, endometriosis and premature menopause that impair egg quality, egg donation would be an excellent option for attempting pregnancy.

Others, such as cancer survivors who are rendered infertile by treatment and couples who do not want to pass along their genetic condition to their children, can also benefit from egg donation.

Egg Donation facts and considerations donors should keep in mind:

  • Egg donors must be between 19 and 29 years of age, healthy, and a non-smoker
  • Women with no history of infertility are the most successful egg donors.
  • Most egg donors are anonymous, but they can be a family or friend (know donor).   Each type of egg donation has ethical and emotional considerations.
  • Each donor must answer an extensive medical questionnaire and have medical tests performed. They will be screened for sexually transmitted diseases and genetic abnormalities and assessed for  their likelihood of producing a high number of quality eggs.
  • Psychological counselling is a must for every egg donor to ensure that everyone involved has considered the dilemmas involved.
  • Egg donors must be very compliant with medical treatment regimens. The intended parent or parents are investing thousands of dollars, time and emotion. Donors are relied upon to honor those investments.
  • If a donor’s work schedule is not flexible then this may limit one’s ability to donate. Treatment will involve time away from work or school. At Physician’s Surrogacy, we try our best to accommodate our donors’ schedules. 

Donor egg facts and considerations egg recipients should keep in mind:

  • Chances of a live birth are very high
  • There is minimal risk of miscarriages and genetic disorders when it comes to pregnancies resulting from egg donation, because they are coming from younger women who have been screened and medically evaluated.
  • Compared to adoption, egg donors offer recipient women the chance to experience pregnancy and deliver a baby. Woman know that they are to do everything possible to foster a healthy pregnancy with nutrition and adequate healthcare.
  • With egg donation, a woman can have a baby that is genetically related to her partner, though her genes will not be part of the child’s DNA.

Criteria can be strict

It may sound very easy to donate eggs, but it’s not. Women, today, see more and more advertisements and offers. Some of them offer very high compensation for the right donor.  But the reality is that it’s difficult to meet egg donor requirements and roughly only 5% are accepted.

Some egg donor agencies specialize in certain types of donors, who might have the highest chance of passing along specific traits.  For example, they might have a client who wants a Chinese egg donor with passion for music and technology. At Physician’s Surrogacy, we value women with all sorts of backgrounds, talents, and high education.

Caucasians are the most common race involved in egg donation, but the demands are high when it comes to egg donors who are Indian, Jewish, Chinese or Korean.  Women from these ethnic backgrounds don’t donate eggs as often as Caucasians, thereby making eggs from these types of donors a rare resource. Even though egg donation has increased significantly all around the globe, some countries are still lagging, creating a higher demand.

Compensation

One key thing to note at this moment is that payment is not given to purchase the eggs.  In the United States, it is illegal for people to sell their tissues in any form, including reproductive tissue. Instead egg donors are compensated for their effort, time and inconvenience.

Compensation amount varies widely across the country, from $2,500 to as much as $8,000. Egg donation through Physicians Surrogacy starts at $7,000 and can be as high as $25,000 for donors with high-demand qualities. Compensation can vary based on a number of factors such as the donor’s education, her donation history, and ethnic diversity.   

Conclusion

Egg donation gives you an opportunity to impact the lives of others who are struggling with the pain of infertility. Deciding to donate your eggs is a complicated decision and you should consider it carefully.

If you are considering donating your eggs and would like more information, you can contact us at www.physicianssurrogacy.com or call (858) 847-5939.