Can I donate if I Have Body Modifications?

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.

First things first, Growing Generations believes that beauty exists in all forms. As such, we do not discriminate against any woman based upon her physical appearance. We invite any woman interested in egg donation to apply for consideration. While our program is intensely selective, it is open to all women, even those who have body modifications.

With that said, we are not interested in wasting anyone’s time. Growing Generations has the benefit of knowing our client base exceedingly well. While our intended parents are free to use our egg donor database or that of another agency, we pride ourselves on offering a top notch pool of qualified egg donors who, we believe, are well suited to the interests and needs of our clients. It is not in the best interest of Growing Generations, or of a prospective egg donor, to list anyone in our database if we feel as though they are not likely to be selected by our parents for any reason.

Some parents may be open to the idea of self-expression through tattooing or piercing; some may even seek it out. If you have questions about your body modifications and whether or not you would make an ideal candidate, please feel free to reach out to any of our egg donor admissions specialists.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.