Egg Donation – Things You Should Know and Consider
Have you ever got appealed by the idea of egg donation? Demand for healthy egg donors is always on rise and the donor is financially benefited for helping a needy woman conceive. The fact that you can earn thousands for doing a good deed is truly enticing. What you need to do is a little research, find an agency to work with and be ready to donate.
How to Get Started?
Once you are mentally prepared to be an egg donor, a quick online research will help you find many local agencies that can let you start the process. You can even start with a good egg donation directory like www.donateeggs.org. It’s a personal preference, but overall an agency with knowledgeable, cooperative and kind staff, cleanliness and an atmosphere that can make you at ease may be some prominent criteria to choose such an agency.
Agencies have to do several tasks:
- They have to ensure if prospective donors and recipients match each other.
- They have to match each party with a lawyer who specialize in reproductive law.
- They have to hire services of a fertility clinic.
- And of course, they should make sure the process goes on smoothly from start to end.
These agencies work as intermediaries between the donor and recipients, the latter being known as “Intended Parents” or IPs.
Once you select an agency, you will have to create your profile. You have to fill out a questionnaire which you will certainly find fun! You have to write about your interests and talents, and submit a few scores of photos from birth to present. IPs review these profiles to choose their donors.
Signing a Contract
Paperwork process will begin once the donor and her IPs match each other. The lawyer/s will prepare contracts with the particular terms of agreements, such as responsibilities, rights and payment.
Some of the clauses of the contract are:
Anonymity: You should not introduce yourself to any children resulted from your donation.
Accountability: You may be needed to keep your contact details with the agency for up to 20 years.
Force of Law: Laws may change and contracts too may change with them. You will have to accept that your information could be disclosed if “reproductive law” changes (e.g. if it’s decided by the courts that children have a right to information about their biological parents).
You have to consider all these things and be prepared accordingly.
Checking if You are Fit for Donation
Once you and your IPs agree with each other and sign a contract, you will have to undergo myriads of medical as well as psychological tests to make sure you are totally fit for the donation. Be ready for a lot of blood removed and go through an intrauterine ultrasound to check if you are fit for donation. You need not worry as these ultrasounds usually don’t cause any damage.
You will be also evaluated by a psychologist with whom you will discuss your mental health and family background, your reasons for donating and your emotional attachment to the eggs you would donate. Many agencies use a standardized personality inventory to analyze potential candidates. Sometimes a donation can be hard on the donor’s body and emotions; therefore, fertility agencies use these measures to evaluate the stability of potential donors.
Egg Donation Process
Provided everything goes smoothly, including your cycles, you will have to admit to a clinic or hospital to retrieve your eggs on the designated day and time.
You will be given anesthesia and your eggs will be extracted with a quick and minimally invasive procedure, known as aspiration, that works by extracting the eggs straight from the ovaries with the help of a small needle attached to an ultrasound probe. You can learn more about the procedure and many other aspects of egg donation at www.donateeggs.org.
Knowing all the aspects of egg donation, you can take an informed decision to donate eggs and help a childless couple. So, you can bring joy in someone’s life and get decent money alongside!