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.