Some Key Aspects of Egg Donation

jamie-photoMany young women donate eggs in order to help others who want to become parents but who are otherwise unable to. Some women donate their eggs for altruistic reasons, while others choose to donate for a fee. While the risks in egg donation are few, it’s important to carefully consider if egg donation is right for you. Here are some things to think about if you are considering becoming an egg donor.

The Psychological Aspects

Most egg donors feel satisfied with the knowledge that they have been able to help someone start a family. However, some women who have donated eggs have later had concerns about how the eggs may be used, or how the children will be raised. This is why the initial screening process is very important. During this process, potential egg donors are interviewed and asked to explain why they wish to become a donor. The screening process also gives you a chance to raise any concerns and have all your questions answered. This will ensure that you are absolutely certain about becoming a donor before you agree to sign a contract.

The Financial Aspects

You may decide to become an egg donor purely out of kindness but if you choose to sign up with a donation agency you will usually receive compensation. The fee varies from agency to agency but is usually in the range of $10,000 -$12,000. This is for a single egg retrieval procedure in which all the eggs that are retrieved are donated to the intended parent.

The Medical Aspects

Once you are matched with an intended parent, or recipient, the donation cycle usually lasts for 3-4 weeks. During this time you will take special hormone medication that will stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. You will make regular visits to the fertility clinic so that your progress can be monitored. When the physician determines that you are ready for ovulation, you will be given a different type of medication and the egg harvesting procedure will be performed on the following day. Most egg donors do not experience side effects, though some experience bloating, mood swings and slight weight gain as a result of the fertility medication.

 

Updated 7/17/18

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: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel 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.