Being an egg donor is something that many women wonder about but few ever take the steps to do so. Why? There are a plethora of reasons, but one of the main reasons is that they have so many questions that they cannot find answers for – or they are afraid to ask aloud in order to get those answers. If you have ever wondered about the process, this is the place for you to look. We are able to answer many of your questions – if you have a question about being an egg donor that isn’t on this list, feel free to reach out and we can get any and all questions answered quickly.
How Does Egg Donation Work?
Egg donation is a highly regulated medical treatment that has been approved by the FDA and should always be carried out by professionals. There are many rules in place to ensure that the eggs are handled properly.
There are three main ways to be an egg donor:
- Through an agency: Agencies typically connect Intended Parents to surrogate mothers and, if necessary egg donors. Working with an agency is the safest and easiest way to get through the process – everyone working directly with donors is incredibly skilled and adept at handling many different types of situations. They can help to ease your worries.
- Through a clinic: Some people will go directly to an egg donation clinic and sign up to donate their eggs that way. This is an easy way to go about becoming an egg donor, but it doesn’t always result in someone actually using the eggs, which is how you get paid.
- Direct donation: Sometimes a friend or family member will donate an egg to Intended Parents who need them.
How Many Times Can I Donate My Eggs?
As you likely know, women are born with a certain number of eggs and once they are gone, they are gone. It is recommended that donors only donate their eggs six times. This ensures that the body doesn’t go into shock and that there isn’t a high number of unknowing half-siblings in a specific area. As many women who donate their eggs are also younger, it ensures that they can be parents in the future as well.
While the number isn’t strictly monitored, most egg donors are questioned about whether or not they have donated before – and if they have, they are asked about the number of times.
What Do I Need To Do Before Becoming An Egg Donor?
Before becoming an egg donor through an agency, you will need to take a few psychological and physical screenings to help determine whether you are healthy enough to be an egg donor. The psychological tests help to ensure that you are of sound mind and can emotionally and mentally handle the process. The physical screenings ensure that the eggs will be healthy.
There are many things that can disqualify egg donors, though some at the discretion of the agencies and clinics (such as piercings or tattoo within the last year). Doctors may look at your travels as well – people who have been to certain countries may not be able to donate for a few months.
Doctors may also ask about your STI history. Certain STIs, such as HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea can impact fertility and the health of the eggs.
What Makes An Egg Donor A Good Candidate?
Not everyone who wants to become an egg donor and can become an egg donor will actually donate eggs that are used by Intended Parents. There are certain features and characteristics that make women better candidates than others. For example, most people prefer donors who are in their mid-20s, have graduated from college, and are in good physical shape. Some people will come in looking for specific physical features, while others do not.
Doctors look for regular periods, healthy diets, and good gynecological history.
Ready to Become An Egg Donor?
Are you ready to be an egg donor? Contact EDSI today to get started – we will walk you through every step of the process so that you don’t feel lost or alone. Instead, you will help you to make a decision about whether or not this is for you and from there, we can help you through the easy medical process and the follow-up.