Whаt Iѕ Egg Dоnаtіоn?

Whаt Iѕ Egg Dоnаtіоn?

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When a couple finds out that they will be unable to have children on their own, they can be devastatedThat doesn’t mean that they still can’t become parents, though. There have been so many advances in medicine that it is still possible for them to conceive through alternative methods. One of those alternative methods is to use a donor egg to conceive their baby.  

Some women choose to donate their eggs so that couples who are infertile have a chance to conceive a baby. In some cases, the woman who wants to conceive either doesn’t produce eggs or her eggs are not healthy enough to sustain a pregnancy. If that is the case, the intended parents can go through a donor agency to find an appropriate egg donor for their needs. That egg will then be fertilized with the intended father’s or a donor’s sperm. Once fertilized, the egg will then be placed into the uterus of the intended mother or surrogate.  

So, who is a good candidate to become an egg donor? Egg donors need to be between the ages of 18 and 35. They need to be very healthy and have two working ovaries. Many donor agencies prefer candidates who have had children or whose eggs have previously been used and resulted in pregnancy. Egg donors must not smoke, take anti-depressants, or use any illicit drugs. There will be multiple mental and physical health screenings to ensure that the donor agency only accepts the healthiest candidates.  

Intended parents who are seeking an egg donor are seeking other traits besides just the healthiest candidate. Attractive donors are more likely to be chosen as well as those donors who have proven themselves academically. Many agencies require their donors to have a minimum of one year of college before they will allow them to donate.  

While it may seem superficial that intended parents choose their potential egg donor on the basis of their looks and intelligence, what parent does not want a smart, beautiful child? Sperm donors have long been chosen based on looks and intellect and the egg donation process is no different. With that being said, there is a need for egg donors of all races and heritages. Intended parents want children that will look similar to themselves and have a similar genetic background.  

An example of an intended parents requirements for an egg donor might look something like this: A white female with auburn hair and green eyes, approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height, with Scottish or German ancestry. They can go on to add any educational requirements that they might have as well.  

Egg donation is one way that hopeful intended parents can try to have the family that they want so badly. The women who donate their eggs are doing these families an incredible service and, yes, they are compensated in most cases. The amount an egg donor receives for her eggs varies by state and agency. Being financially compensated is nice, but the real compensation the donor gets is knowing what a blessing she has been to a couple who wants a child.

  • Kristin L

    May 19, 2017

    The information on eligibility is certainly interesting. While I understand that one needs a decent intellectual abilities to get through this process, IQ information or other "attractive" traits didn't quite make sense to me. What other traits are usually considered? Is this related to the use of fertility drugs mentioned above?

  • Anna Kingston

    June 3, 2017

    I agree that some of these requirements don't really make since to me either. If the donor is able to produce perfectly healthy children, then why should matter what "attractive" traits the donor has? I think that being able to produce healthy offspring should be the most important requirement, other than not drinking and doing drugs, rather than the donors IQ information and her physical appearance. However, this was a very informative article.

  • Anna Kingston

    June 6, 2017

    I wonder, why is the minimum age for a donor 21 instead of 18? I thought that a person could legally enter into a contract once they turned 18, am I wrong? I suppose if they want to be sure that the donor is mature enough to make such a decision, but still young enough to be able to produce many healthy eggs, it kind of makes sense to go with 21 instead of 18.

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