Egg donation is one of the noblest acts around. The generosity and thoughtfulness of a woman who is prepared to donate eggs can change a family’s life. That aside, being the primary source of the gift of life to potential parents has its own fair share of implications, and before considering donating your eggs, it is important to understand every aspect involved. Donated eggs are usually offered to couples who have experienced premature menopause or are generally unable to conceive on their own for a variety of reasons. As an egg donor, there are a number of things that you should consider before donating.
You must be young enough – not too young
Ideally, the most appropriate age to consider donating eggs should be in the early 20s. This is the period when the woman is very fertile, while at the same time, the body is energetic enough to handle any form of changes that it may be subjected to such as pregnancy. This is also the age when women are open to the thoughts of starting a family, therefore making them very willing to help another woman do the same.
You may never meet the child
An egg donor may end up being just that- a donor. This means that the involved parents may never contact you in any way once your egg has been donated. There is of course the case of an open surrogacy where the egg donor maintains some form of mutually agreed contact with the child born from her egg at some stages in the child’s life. This is however, highly unlikely as most parents find it uncomfortable to still have the egg donor lingering in their lives.
Eggs are only donated on demand
Sperm donors usually donate their sperm, with half a chance of anyone using them. This is because sperm is plentiful, easy to produce and cheap to store. For egg donors, however, the case is different. There are several tests involved, up to six weeks of medication and there is that element of lack of anonymity. Once these tests are completedand you’ve decided to donate your eggs, you wait for the right match. Some donors match within one week and others match after a year of being in the donor program.
Element of anonymity
Once you have signed up to donate your eggs, your name, and vital details will go into the agency’s database, where prospective parents will carefully screen and decide whether you are a fit. As a donor you can chose to work in complete anonymity or full disclosure. The choice is between you and your intended parent.
Finally, it is important to be aware ofthecommitment required when donating youreggs.There are a lot of steps involved, but understanding all aspects of the program and the part you play in turning a dream into reality for a parent, will go a long way in ensuring that you are physically and mentally prepared for the whole process.