During your donation process your medical team will closely monitor your follicle development. Many egg donors become curious about the number of eggs they are able to produce at the culmination of their experience- egg retrieval day. It is often surprising to them to learn that while retrievals of up to 30 eggs are not uncommon, a standard transfer consists of just one or two embryos.
Freezing embryos is a standard practice when it comes to the IVF and surrogacy process. Many egg donors will produce many viable eggs that go on to become embryos with a high probability to implant and become viable pregnancies. As a result, you’re likely to have too many great looking embryos than you need come transfer day. The question then becomes, “What do we do with the left over embryos?”
The most common choice is to have the embryos frozen. This choice allows you to “bank” the embryos in the result of a failed transfer, miscarriage, or a potential future sibling project! If you do choose to freeze unused embryos, you’ll likely wonder how long they’re able to be usable after being frozen. Continue reading
Many egg donors are motivated by a healthy mixture of altruism as well as personal gain. While they indeed do want to do a good deed and help a family grow, they’re also very interested in what this process could mean for them. It is no secret that egg donation often comes with an attractive compensation plan, and that often leads to the misconceptions that egg donation is easy money.
First things first, it is perfectly acceptable to be interested in the compensation that comes along with egg donation. You do not need to feel guilty about admitting that the financial gain is a motivating factor to becoming an egg donor. However, this is not an “easy” money process. Becoming an egg donor means subjecting yourself to an in depth application and screening process which will include submitting to blood tests and psychological testing. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Egg donation is something I have always taken an interest in. I always loved the idea of helping create a family for someone who could not conceive on their own. My brother in law and his wife struggled with infertility for years before they had their miracle baby, but had an egg donor come up in conversation, it could have been much sooner. Learning that, well that’s when I really started doing research!
After I researched and got approval, almost everything about the process was as I expected- give or take a few differences. I liked knowing what I was getting into before I moved forward. For me, the application process was very long and thorough, and was probably the hardest part of my whole process. Other than that, only the 7am appointments for ultra sounds and blood were difficult. Everything else was simple. Continue reading
I got into egg donation after seeing many ads in the back of newspapers asking for egg donors. I did a little research, talked with my family about it, and then just jumped right in.
The hormone shots were a little difficult for me, but my medical phase went smoothly. My retrieval was actually a piece of cake!! Besides the IV (used put you to sleep) it was the easiest part of my whole experience. Plus who doesn’t love an hour or so of perfect sleep?! Continue reading
Before answering this question you must first understand the difference between a human egg and an embryo. Eggs, or oocytes, are the female component of an embryo. An embryo is what is formed after a male sperm fertilizes the human egg. It is the embryo that will eventually turn into a fetus.
Most commonly your eggs will be turned into embryos within a couple of days following your retrieval. Continue reading
Perhaps you’ve heard that Growing Generations accepts less than 1% of egg donor applicants, and you’re a bit concerned that you might not qualify. Please know that our selection process is extensive for a purpose. We screen our donors thoroughly taking your health and mental well-being into consideration to be sure donation is in your best interest. This exhaustive screening also ensures that we can present only the best donors to our intended parents. With that in mind, here’s a look at our minimum requirements to start the screening process. Continue reading
At some point in our lives we will all have to ask for help from other people and need their support to make our dreams come true. Being an egg donor has allowed me to be the person who is asked for help, and it’s really rewarding to be able to say, “Yes. I’ll help you.”
I became an egg donor after watching a friend have trouble getting pregnant, ultimately turning to Growing Generations for help. That was my first exposure to the struggles of infertility and how devastating it can be to want to start a family and not be able to. Egg Donation is a way to give love and support to people who want to give their love to a child, and it’s a beautiful process to be a part of. Continue reading
Friends and family of egg donors often worry that donations may impact the future fertility of the donor in their lives. We have long known that this is not an issue, but developing research offers additional evidence that helping a couple build a family now will not inhibit your chances at creating a family later.
The study, conducted in 2013 and recently published, followed a series of egg donors over a multiple year period as they engaged in multiple donations. Continue reading