Donor Diaries: Sally

 

For me it wasn’t a question of, “Why be an egg donor?” so much as a question of, “Why NOT be an egg donor?” I remember watching fertility issues become a regular occurrence in the media and thought, “I’m a healthy woman, I have good genes, and who knows if I’ll ever want my own kids, so why not give the gift of life?”  In total, I’ve donated two times.

Once I was matched with intended parents, I moved onto the medical process. The truth is that those injections are really no big deal. I don’t have a problem with needles, so it was a simple, painless portion of my evening that was over in just 5-10 minutes. Easy.

The retrieval was also short and painless. While I was at the clinic for longer, the process itself was just another 10-15 minutes of my day. I felt completely normal when I came out of the anesthesia. There was a little bit of cramping for a few days, but nothing bad enough to keep me from going back to work the very next day.

I think it would be great to meet the children someday, especially since I still haven’t decided if I’ll ever have kids of my own. Yes, I have told some close friends and family about my donations and everybody has been supportive and “thought it was a wonderful idea.”

I used my compensation to pay off some student loans and bought plane tickets to visit family on the east coast. The rest went into savings. I have no regrets. Would I ever do this again? Yes, gladly.

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.