I have always been a bit of a fertile myrtle, and I certainly never planned on having a large amount of children. I have had a few friends who have had fertility issues, which brought to my attention the potential need “out there” for egg donors. I did some research and decided to apply. Continue reading
Before embarking on your egg donor journey, you may already be wondering how you’ll feel at the conclusion of your experience. Specifically, you may be wondering how you’ll feel on the anniversaries of your donation as you consider whether or not your donations lead to the birth of a baby.
During your screening process, we will talk with you about factors that contribute to a woman having favorable egg health. This concept is likely a new one for you, and we understand that. Egg health has little to do with your physical health, and is unlikely to be affected by things like common colds or the flu.
One of the potential side effects to egg donation is a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). In the most general of terms, this condition exists when a woman’s ovaries respond overzealously to the medication given to increase egg production.
Most women produce just one egg per monthly cycle. In the case of egg donation, it is ideal for the donor to produce far more eggs for the month, to raise the probability of creating a higher number of viable, fertilized embryos for transfer to the waiting uterus of a surrogate or intended mother. This is often achieved through the administration of fertility drugs.
Occasionally a woman will come to our egg donation program with the desire to donate her eggs after completing her family. If the potential donor has had her “tubes tied,” she might feel that she is unable to donate as a result. But this is a myth.
You may have heard about our HART program, which is renowned for helping those living with an HIV+ diagnosis to safely have biological children. As an egg donor, you may be wondering if your eggs will be used as part of this program. You may also have opinions on whether or not this is the type of family that you feel comfortable donating your eggs to in the first place. Continue reading
As part of your egg donor screening process, you will have the opportunity to have a genetic profile completed. For many egg donors, the idea of a genetic profile can sound a bit intimidating. Rest assured that the profile is no more than a look at your genetic make-up, intended to help intended parents make the best choice possible when considering egg donors. This profile is completed at no cost to you, and could provide you with invaluable information should you choose to start your own family in the future. Continue reading
Growing Generations is proud to be incredibly selective with the young women who are accepted into our egg donor program. Statistically, fewer than 1% of those who will first indicate an interest will make it through our screening process and go on to become egg donors. The selective nature is meant to provide only the best donors to our intended parents, but we understand that it can feel overwhelming to those considering egg donation.
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! Continue reading
The process of matching with Intended Parents begins the instant your profile is uploaded to our online database. As soon as your information is live, all intended parents currently seeking a donor will receive an email alerting them that a new donor has been uploaded. Continue reading