When I first got out of school I was working, but living on my own. I had a job in my field, but needed to start paying back student loans. I was living in LA, but taking public transit. I was getting by, but funds were tight. Continue reading
From time to time an egg donor may be asked to take part in a donation before the intended parents have lined up a surrogate. This process is called a “banking” cycle. While you may not know if this is the intention of the family you’ve chosen to work with, it’s not a bad idea to understand what it means.
Though they may be rare, complications from egg donations are not unheard of. Perhaps one of the more serious potential complications is a condition called Ovarian Torsion. In this condition the ovaries rotate to a degree that blocks the ovarian artery or vein.
Most commonly, this condition is observed in women nearing menopausal age or during pregnancy. However, some doctors report seeing a link in ovarian torsion in cases of diagnosed Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome. As OHSS is a realistic risk for egg donors, it is wise to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of potential ovarian torsion as well. Continue reading
During your screening process, you will go through an Ovarian Assessment Report. This test, commonly known as the OAR, presents a complete picture of what your results on fertility treatments may look like.
The test is compiled following a single blood sample. It will check multiple factors, including hormone levels When compared against your age, these factors will provide an egg retrieval score, which is a grading of your potential ovulatory egg supply. Continue reading
From time to time we notice that our donors may use the terms “egg donor” and “embryo donor” interchangeably. Egg donation and embryo donation are not the same thing, however. Here is how the two differ. Continue reading
Conventional science has taught women for years that they are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. The theory has been that women are born with one to two million immature eggs at birth, and will slowly begin losing them over the course of their lifetimes.
Many of those eggs will be lost before puberty sets in through a natural process called ovarian follicle atresia, leaving a woman with around 300,000 eggs at the time of puberty. Of those, it is estimated that women may lose as many as a thousand eggs per month over her fertile years. Continue reading
As a woman considering donating her eggs, you may be wondering about the chances that this donation could impact your own future fertility. First of all, know that research shows there will be no link between your donation and any future potential difficulties conceiving and carrying your own children. In fact, new research shows that your donation may not even deplete your egg supply. Here’s why.
I became an egg donor only after having kids of my own and, if I’m being totally honest, the compensation was definitely a factor. My husband and I were getting ready to break ground on our house and my first donation provided the funds to purchase our engineered house plans. I will say, although the compensation is great, it certainly wasn’t the only reason. I had watched some friends struggle with fertility issues and felt like I wanted to help others in that situation.
Impressed with the science or interested in the financial aspects of egg donation? Many women are curious about the idea of egg donation, but perhaps not clear on what motivates other women to become donors. Our egg donors are full of heart and provide a gift that is essential in the surrogacy process. They provide something so necessary that surrogacy could not exist without their gift. Here are five reasons our egg donors tell us they were motivated to donate.
Myths and misconceptions often cloud the egg donation process. The first step in deciding if egg donation is right for you is learning the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to egg donation. Here are some of the most common myths about egg donors.
#1. The only women who need the help of an egg donor are older.
Women of all ages can have infertility problems or other reproductive disorders that can necessities a donated egg. One example is premature ovarian failure (POF), which occurs when a woman’s ovaries cease functioning properly before 40 years of age. In addition, same-sex couples need the help of an egg donor and a surrogate to have children. Continue reading