Donor Diaries: Janine

I became an egg donor after reading an online article about the process and becoming fascinated with it! I even got to meet my first set of intended parents, and that experience was so cool that it moved me to donate twice more. In total, I’ve donated my eggs three times, each time with Growing Generations. Overall, I found the experience so positive that I’ve now referred a friend to Growing Generations to donate her eggs!

The most difficult part for me was the needles. However, I am quick to note that egg donation and those injections forced me to face, and overcome, my major fear of needles! In my first donation I would have to start two hours before my scheduled injection just to summon the courage for the shot. By my third time it really seemed like no big deal. Learning so much about my own body was really incredible.

Along the way I did learn that if you ask the nurse for an injection demonstration, they’ll take their time and show you exactly what you need to be doing. I found that really helpful. If I didn’t ask, the instructions could be brushed over very quickly, as these nurses are so used to reciting the instructions and may forget that you’re new to the process.

People ask me how I’ll feel if these children try to find me when they come of age. I think it’s hard to know how you’ll feel about anything that may or may not happen 18 years (or more) in the future! I imagine it won’t bother me much, but I do wonder how it might impact people in my life at that time. For example, how will any potential boyfriends or my future husband react to that?

Overall, my experience was generally a positive one. I was able to help build families, and put a great deal of money into savings for my future.

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.