I learned about egg donation after a friend of mine told me about her experience being an egg donor. It sounded neat, but I didn’t think about doing it seriously until after I had a child of my own. After starting my own family, I felt I could relate better to those who want their own families. After experiencing the feelings of joy from starting a family, and hearing the good experience my friend had, everything just clicked and I knew I wanted to be a donor.
Honestly, the hardest part was gathering the courage to finally just do it! My husband Continue reading →
As an egg donor you may find yourself wondering how your eggs will be parented by those who receive them. While most egg donors tell us they don’t feel a maternal attachment to their donated genetics, it’s not unheard of to wonder if the lack of a biological link between child and parent will impact their lives moving forward.
The answer is fairly simple. The lack of a genetic link between parent and child will not play a role in the life of your donated genetics moving forward. Continue reading →
Women may need the help of an egg donor for a number of reasons. While most donors understand that poor egg quality or advancing age of the intended mother are common contributors, many others may not realize that a cancer survivor may need the help of an egg donor.
The most obvious way that cancer can impact fertility is when the cancer itself impacts the reproductive organs. In these instances, doctors may opt to remove the affected organs, and that will leave a woman unable to conceive or carry a child. Continue reading →
Once your egg retrieval is complete, it is quite possible that you walk out the clinic and never know what becomes of the eggs you donated. For other egg donors, however, the burning desire to understand what happens next leads to questions about the remainder of the eggs’ development.
Once the embryos are created, doctors will watch them very closely to see how they divide and develop. The designation of growth that is given is often called an embryo grade. Continue reading →
Choosing to donate your eggs means that, very likely, your DNA will ultimately be used in gestational surrogacy. For many young women just getting interested in egg donation, this consideration may conjure images of daytime talk show specials and tabloid cover stories about surrogacy gone wrong. It may even lead to you to doubt that egg donation is something you’d want to be a part of.
Surrogacy is an emerging discipline that pairs the innovation of science with the heart and soul of human compassion. As a result, it is no surprise that the media loves reporting on surrogacy. While many positive surrogacy stories are being shared via the news and across social media, the vast majority of headline grabbing surrogacy stories tend to revolve around cases that have gone astray.
During your donation process your medical team will closely monitor your follicle development. Many egg donors become curious about the number of eggs they are able to produce at the culmination of their experience- egg retrieval day. It is often surprising to them to learn that while retrievals of up to 30 eggs are not uncommon, a standard transfer consists of just one or two embryos.
Freezing embryos is a standard practice when it comes to the IVF and surrogacy process. Many egg donors will produce many viable eggs that go on to become embryos with a high probability to implant and become viable pregnancies. As a result, you’re likely to have too many great looking embryos than you need come transfer day. The question then becomes, “What do we do with the left over embryos?”
The most common choice is to have the embryos frozen. This choice allows you to “bank” the embryos in the result of a failed transfer, miscarriage, or a potential future sibling project! If you do choose to freeze unused embryos, you’ll likely wonder how long they’re able to be usable after being frozen. Continue reading →
Many egg donors are motivated by a healthy mixture of altruism as well as personal gain. While they indeed do want to do a good deed and help a family grow, they’re also very interested in what this process could mean for them. It is no secret that egg donation often comes with an attractive compensation plan, and that often leads to the misconceptions that egg donation is easy money.
First things first, it is perfectly acceptable to be interested in the compensation that comes along with egg donation. You do not need to feel guilty about admitting that the financial gain is a motivating factor to becoming an egg donor. However, this is not an “easy” money process. Becoming an egg donor means subjecting yourself to an in depth application and screening process which will include submitting to blood tests and psychological testing. Continue reading →
Tattoos, piercings, and implants. Body modifications can be used to express individuality, as a form of self expression, or to mark a spiritual “coming of age” in certain religions. We find that when women with body modifications decide they would like to become egg donors, they often have concerns over if their choices to have body modifications completed may hinder their chances of being accepted into our program. Continue reading →
Egg donation is something I have always taken an interest in. I always loved the idea of helping create a family for someone who could not conceive on their own. My brother in law and his wife struggled with infertility for years before they had their miracle baby, but had an egg donor come up in conversation, it could have been much sooner. Learning that, well that’s when I really started doing research!
After I researched and got approval, almost everything about the process was as I expected- give or take a few differences. I liked knowing what I was getting into before I moved forward. For me, the application process was very long and thorough, and was probably the hardest part of my whole process. Other than that, only the 7am appointments for ultra sounds and blood were difficult. Everything else was simple. Continue reading →