When I was approached to be an egg donor, I had a lot of questions. What would I have to do? Would it be painful? How would my eggs be used?
Would the procedure be likely to succeed? What about the legal ramifications of a successful birth?
Donating The Eggs
If you are thinking of donating your eggs, either through an agency or through a private donation, you probably have the same questions I did.
But with a little research, I discovered that not only is egg donation safe for me, it’s also a highly effective method of IVF!
In order to have the best quality donations, egg donors should fit a few criteria.
First, the ideal age is between 21 and 35. Donors should be free of infectious diseases, like hepatitis, and should not have a high risk of genetic conditions.
A detailed family medical history may be required before a donor is accepted.
If all the criteria for a healthy, viable egg donation is met, the next step is extraction.
Extracting The Eggs
The process to extract the eggs may have side effects, but overall, it is fairly painless with little long-term risk. First, a medication is taken that will stop your regular menstrual cycle.
This medication may have side-effects, like headache and bloating, and may feel similar to premenstrual syndrome.
After that, there will be fertility treatments that will stimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs at once, rather than just one every month.
The lack of menstrual cycle will stop your body from flushing the unfertilized eggs. As a result of this, donors do have an increased chance of pregnancy, and so a barrier form of birth control should be used if you are not abstaining during the treatment.
Collecting The Eggs
After the final fertility shot has been administered, it’s time to collect the eggs. This is done during a short out-patient procedure called transvaginal ovarian aspiration.
This procedure involves an ultrasound to guide a tiny needle that collects each egg from the uterus follicles. You may be given painkillers or even anesthesia during the procedure, but it only lasts about thirty minutes, and you will be able to go home afterwards.
Once the eggs are collected, they are fertilized and then placed into the recipient. There are many reasons why a donor egg may be necessary to start a family, and it also has one of the highest success rates of any IVF treatment. Up to 50% of IVF attempts with donor eggs result in successful pregnancies.
Egg donation is legal in the United States, and egg donors sign a contract that releases them from any legal responsibility of the resulting child, and while the recipient of the donation is not genetically related to the child, she will be listed as the mother on the birth certificate.
As an egg donor, you can have as little or as much involvement as you wish with the hopeful parents–including full anonymity. Egg donors are compensated for their time, with all the required doctor visits and treatments paid for by the hopeful parents.
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