Egg donors are brave and amazing women who commit their eggs to couples who can’t have kids in a natural way. Before dedicating your time and effort to this wonderful cause, there are many things you should consider and keep in mind.
The matching process
Being an egg donor begins with the matching process. After you’ve signed on with a surrogacy agency or a fertility clinic, after some time you’ll be chosen by intended parents to become their egg donor, which is extremely exciting! Thus begins the miraculous adventure of being a donor – if you accept to become the couple’s donor, the surrogacy agency will draft a written agreement/contract between the two sides. Then, a surrogacy consultant of your chosen agency will make sure that you know about all of the aspects of the egg donor process, your responsibilities, and also the responsibilities of the intended parents.
While starting this process, you will undergo a very thorough medical examination, including a pelvic exam, blood draw (to check hormone levels, infectious disease, and any requested genetic testing), and an ultrasound to examine/measure your ovaries. Also, your agency will initiate a psychological evaluation with a certified specialist – a psychologist or a social worker, who will speak to you and determine if you’re mentally qualified to become an egg donor.
The Egg Donation Process
After completing screening, making sure you are fully qualified to be an egg donor, and signing the contracts with your agency and intended parents, begins the egg donation cycle which typically takes between 3-6 weeks. The cycle begins with several weeks of birth control pills – this will allow you to synchronize your menstrual cycle with your intended parents.
After that, you and fertility doctors will work on stimulating egg production. Egg donors are given follicle-stimulating hormone injections, that increase the number of mature eggs your body produces. FSH injections are similar to the natural hormones your body produces. These medications are injected once daily, just under the skin for a period of 10-12 days. You will be monitored at the fertility clinic – your doctors will make sure that everything is going according to plan. You will also be given a blood test and ultrasound exam to find out your response to the hormones. After your doctors believe that the follicles are mature, the exact date of your egg retrieval will be confirmed.
The egg retrieval process is a minimally invasive procedure and it requires a light general anesthetic. It’s a very safe procedure and takes about half an hour. After the procedure, you will rest in a recovery room and go on with your normal daily activities.
You will be compensated financially on the day of your egg retrieval.
And that’s about it for the egg donor journey! If you decide to follow this path, you will make a special couple incredibly happy and give them a unique chance of becoming parents.
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