How to Donate Eggs to Infertile Couples


For a variety of reasons, many women have difficulty conceiving because their eggs or ovaries are dysfunctional. For these women, donated eggs can mean the difference between having a family or not ever realizing that dream. If you are considering donating your eggs, you might be surprised to find out that it’s a simple process, but it’s preceded by a strenuous screening process. Not every woman is a suitable egg donor.

Determine if you’ll qualify

Get in touch with a reputable egg donation center. Try to avoid the ones that advertise, many are not reputable. You may be able to get referrals from your doctor or women who have used these services. Find out what their standards are for screening and accepting potential egg donors. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, egg donors should be at least 21 years old and no older than 34.

Finding a center

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has an extensive list of reputable reproductive specialists. Some of these centers will pay all the expenses of the donation plus a value for the eggs.

Prepare yourself

You will be interviewed and asked a variety of questions about lifestyle and health. Take a calendar with you to refer to dates. In advance, you may want to review any health records you may have cross referencing to insurance forms in order to be specific about your health history. You will undergo medical testing for any problems. Ethnicity tests may also be administered to check vulnerability to race-specific disease.

The process

Usually the donor will receive hormone injections. This stimulates the production of more eggs and increases the chances of viability. Additionally, ovulation can be anticipated and harvesting can be scheduled. Harvesting eggs is not considered invasive. It is done on as an out-patient procedure performed in a doctor’s office. The eggs are then evaluated for their health and either transplanted fresh to the recipient or cryogenically preserved for future use.

Anonymous or not

Anonymous donors keep their identity confidential. Although more and more such anonymity is being questioned and private records have been compromised in the past. Sometimes a donor knows the recipient and the donation is planned in advance.

Source: American Society for Reproductive Medicine, ModernMom, eHow


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