Characteristics of a Great Egg Donor

168838288Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make a great egg donor? While there are all types of women who make wonderful egg donors, we find that we run into similar personality traits time and time again when it comes to our most successful donors.

Perhaps the most important trait to possess is the ability to, “roll with the punches” so to speak. Egg donation is not an absolute science. Sometimes your medical protocol changes at the last minute or maybe your retrieval is moved up, pushed back or even cancelled. Things can change pretty quickly. Having a bit of a laid back personality goes a long way in being the type of egg donor who is easy to work with and has a great experience.

We also like to see women with a sense of responsibility and demonstrated reliability. Being an egg donor means taking your medications at the same time of day everyday as well as making it to regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments. Failing to do these things could cause the egg retrieval to be canceled, and that could have a major impact (both fiscally and emotionally) on the parents and the surrogate who are awaiting your eggs. Being able to make and keep appointments and having an understanding of the importance of taking your medications play a big role in being a dependable egg donor.

They have a love for themselves as well as for others. These women want to help someone build a family, but they also appreciate that their time and contribution will be worth something to them. If you’re the kind of woman who doesn’t mind investing her time and energy into a cause that you believe in, we’re looking for you. Additionally, if you have the patience to wait for a reward at the end of the challenge, egg donation could be an exciting opportunity for you.

If these traits remind you of yourself, chances are you’re in a good place to become a wonderful egg donor.  We’d love to chat with you about who you are and how egg donation might fit into your life.

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.