Thinking About Donating an Egg? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions

Do you ever wonder if you would make a great egg donor for an individual or couple seeking to build or grow a family through intention? You may be curious about the idea but unclear on what motivates a women to actually donate her eggs.

At Growing Generations, our egg donors are creative, intelligent, charismatic and full of heart – providing a gift that is essential in the surrogacy process. We pride ourselves on having culturally and ethnically diverse women involved in our egg donation program.

Here are seven things to ask yourself before making a decision on whether to become an egg donor:

1. Do you like to help others?

Women who become egg donors are life givers. As an egg donor, you get to help create a life and change the lives of the couples or individuals you help. This act of kindness appeals to the altruistic side of many women.

2. Have you watched someone struggle through infertility?

Perhaps you have watched as a close friend or family member has faced infertility. Some complications can come after cancer treatments and leave women with slim or no chance of producing usable eggs of their own. Choosing to donate your eggs to a couple or individual in need could serve as a living memorial to someone you know who cannot produce viable eggs.

3. Could you use some extra money?

The money you will receive as compensation can open a multitude of doors for you. From paying off existing debts and creating a nest egg for the future to planning a big trip or finishing college, compensation for egg donation can help you pursue your passions without the hassle of working an additional job.

4. Do you need your eggs?

Perhaps you’re not ready to start or add to your existing family right now. Maybe you know that those are options that will never appeal to you. Every month you ovulate, it’s an egg that is not fertilized and shed. By donating the eggs that you are not currently trying to fertilize, you are ensuring they are available for couples or individuals who desire to be parents.

5. Will you have the time to spare to be an egg donor?

From the legal paperwork to your egg retrieval, we will only require about three months of your time once your profile is chosen by intended parents. Medical screening will take a one- or two-day trip, and the majority of the process occurs in your hometown with little interference in your life. You’ll see a few doctors, take a few medications and undergo a brief egg retrieval procedure. Our donors are often busy women who find the quick return on the investment of their time makes sense for them.

6. Are you physically healthy?

At Growing Generations, our donors are required to be between the ages of 21 and 30 and must not be at risk of major hereditary diseases. Egg donors go through a screening process to gather information on health history, tobacco use and current medications.

7. Do you have the right attitude?

While egg donation is an amazing way to serve, every service comes with a little sacrifice. The process includes needles, blood draws and self-administered medication. If you’re not deeply motivated, you may be tempted to quit before the process is complete.

 

If you answered “yes” to many of these questions and would like to move forward, you can apply to be an egg donor now. If you still have questions, check out our egg donor resource center or get in touch with our Growing Generations team.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.