Hоw Tо Donate Your Eggѕ

Hоw Tо Donate Your Eggѕ

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Donating your eggs takes place over multiple stages. Here, you'll learn how to get the process started.    

The first step is figuring out if you meet the standards. The criteria are sometimes determined by that state's law and varies from state to state. The beginning age of eligibility is a prime example, as some states allow anyone over the age of 18 to become a donor while others raise the age of eligibility to 21.   

Aside from that, most egg brokers set additional requirements within the parameters of the law in order to attract donors with the most desirable qualities, which of course, draws in more intended parents who are funding the egg donation process. Most intended parents are concerned about the viability and overall quality of the donor's eggs. After all, eggs are DNA and the genetic coding will have a significant impact on the child being born to the couple.    

Although the standards vary, generally you'll need to be:  

  • 1. At least 18 years old and no older than 31 years old  

  • 2. Have a Body Mass Index of 29 or less  

  • 3. Be a non-smoker, non-nicotine user which includes vaping  

  • 4. Have no history of drug or alcohol abuse  

  • 5. Have a regular menstrual cycle  

  • 6. Not currently using, and not having used in the past several months, a long-term form of birth control such as implants or the Depo-provera injections  

  • 7. Be physically healthy     

  • 8. Be psychologically healthy   

If you meet the basic standards, your next step is to find someone who needs your eggs. It's easier for a first-time donor to work with a third-party egg broker who will match you up with prospective parents. Just check business listings for egg brokers, then go to their websites to see if you meet their requirements. If not, don't feel discouraged since the criteria for donors varies dramatically between companies and you can apply to as many as you wish, so keep looking. Often, you can fill out the initial application right on the broker's website. You should consider setting up an email account just for this process so that your regular email account doesn't get spammed. Just remember to check the email account regularly. If the egg broker is interested in working with you as a donor, they'll contact you.  

Being selected is tough and highly competitive, but if you've made it that far, congratulations - you're ready to move on to the next step! This time you'll likely meet, or at least speak to, the broker directly. You'll submit information about your personal and family medical history. You'll also submit a few photographs of yourself ranging from infancy through adulthood. You'll have a complete physical, including lab work, to assess your fertility and you will sit for an extended psychological evaluation.     

Out of every eligible woman who applies 1-10% might be selected depending on the broker. That might sound extraordinarily picky, but remember that many prospective parents have already been disappointed by their own infertility. Maybe they lost a baby through miscarriage after undergoing several cycles of IVF. Also, they're spending a lot of money for these eggs in hopes of having a healthy baby. When weighing those concerns, it's clear why certain stringent measures are kept in place 

The steps above cover the beginning stages for how to donate your eggs. Hopefully someday you'll be able to help someone become a parent.

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