Becoming an egg donor

Volunteering to donate your eggs can be one of the most valuable gift you could ever give someone. A gift that is a miracle waiting to happen. It is an act of kindness that cannot be explained. Deciding to be an egg donor is not a decision to be taken lightly or made for the sole purpose of making money. It should be taken seriously because you would be giving a family a reason to smile. Families such as same sex couples, families with infertility issues and so on.

Not every woman is able to mature and release eggs. Some women are born without them while others suffer from diseases like Turner Syndrome and Gonadal Dysgenesis, which cause an absence of eggs. When a woman doesn’t have any, she may turn to egg donors, so she can be able to start a family. Egg donation is not the same thing as surrogacy. In egg donation, a donor gives out her eggs to be carried in another person’s uterus.

Prescreening for Donation

Before a woman is deemed fit to donate her eggs, she must undergo a series of tests, both medical and mental evaluations. Medical evaluations can include, ultrasound of ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes, pelvic exam, and hormone level blood tests. The mental evaluation involves a psychologist assessing the donor for her mental state and preparedness for the donation. When these tests are duly completed, the donor will be approved and a legal contract will be signed. That is a certain sum will be exchanged for the eggs.

Understanding the Donation Cycle

The cycle involved in egg donation can be between three to six weeks. Throughout this time, the menstrual cycles of the donor and the recipient are synchronized to produce an aligned window when the eggs can be removed and implanted into the receiver for the best possible result. To help regulate menstrual cycles and increase the number of matured eggs, the egg donor is given birth control pills and follicle stimulating hormones. A donor is required to pay regular visits to a doctor throughout the medication phase for frequent check-ups.

Prescreening for Donation

Before a woman is deemed fit to donate her eggs, she must undergo a series of tests, both medical and mental evaluations. Medical evaluations can include, ultrasound of ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes, pelvic exam, and hormone level blood tests. The mental evaluation involves a psychologist assessing the donor for her mental state and preparedness for the donation. When these tests are duly completed, the donor will be approved and a legal contract will be signed. That is a certain sum will be exchanged for the eggs.

Immediately the fertility specialist is sure the window of opportunity is right and the follicles are ripe and matured, the eggs are removed from the donor with a small intrusive medical procedure. After administering mild aesthetics, the eggs are extracted, fertilized and implanted into the recipient. After this procedure the egg donation process is complete and the donor can quickly recover between one to two days.

On the day the egg is retrieved, a male sperm is also collected from a donor or a spouse. The eggs are then injected with the sperm and kept in a lab until it is fertilized. Normally, fertilization will be noticeable under a microscope, 18 hours after the sperm is injected into the eggs. The eggs are observed and graded for a maximum of 72 hours before implanted into the uterus of the recipient.

Donation - Who and Why?

Egg donation benefits the donors in two ways; the joy and fulfillment of supporting women who can’t have children of their own and financial gain. A donor can make up to $4,000 for one donation. This is why a lot of college students choose to become egg donors. The guidelines of a state instructs on how many cycles egg donors are permitted to complete before they’re removed from the donor pool permanently. Six cycles is usually the maximum.