Becoming an egg donor can be one of the most exciting, gratifying, and moving experiences that you can have. In donating eggs, you are helping a family in need to achieve their dreams in a special way. Becoming a parent is such an emotional, moving, life-altering event and sometimes they need help to do it.
Not only is it rewarding for the intended parents, however: it is also rewarding for the egg donor. If you are thinking about becoming an egg donor or you have already been an egg donor in the past, you may wonder just how many times you can actually donate an egg along with some other important questions.
At EDSI, we handle egg donation, surrogacy, and matching. Our fertility experts can help you in making your decision to donate according to national guidelines that will keep you safe and healthy.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Donate Eggs?
In order to maximize fertility and the health of the eggs, donors typically have to be between the ages of 21 and 30 years old. This is when the eggs are at their highest quality and intended parents can be assured that there is a high chance of conception.
While you may be older and have given birth to a healthy child, there are some risks that come with older eggs. You do not have to be a parent in order to donate eggs. Remember that egg donation does not appear to have any long-term effects on your fertility, so you will still be able to have your own children.
How Often Can I Donate My Eggs?
Most egg donation agencies take up to six different egg donations from an eligible donor. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine has not found a reason to believe that there are any negative health effects to donating eggs, we want to be realistic with the number of eggs that we use. Remember that it can take several months or longer until you are matched with a family. This length of time to be matched will depend on what the recipient is looking for in a donor and who you are. Our goal is to get donors matched as quickly as possible.
We highly recommend that there is some time between egg donations. Remember that egg donation isn’t like you think it might be: it is very rare that eggs are frozen for long periods of time. Instead, most people wait for an intended parent match before they even go through the extraction process.
Is Egg Donation Monitored?
The FDA treats egg donations like they would an organ donation: they are highly regulated and there are many, many rules that we need to follow. There are other tests in place as well: the screening process involved in egg donation is intensive. Rates vary, but some clinics accept less than half of the applicants who apply to be egg donors.
The best way to meet the egg donation requirements is to ensure that you live locally, are healthy (it is important that you have regular periods), meet the BMI requirements, and are willing to follow the rules if you are chosen. You will also have to pass an STI test that looks for HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, active gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
Egg donors can have a single recipient family per treatment cycle. By limiting the number of donations that a woman can make, it reduces the risk that donor-conceived children will accidentally meet up with each other.
Ready to Be An Egg Donor?
If you have any further questions about whether you are eligible to be an egg donor or how often you can donate your eggs, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
If you are considering being an egg donor, the doctors and staff at Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute are absolutely committed to providing you with all of the information, care, and guidance that you need.