You might know someone who has done it, or perhaps you're simply a little curious. In any event, some part of you is probably wondering, “Is this for me?” “Do I have what it takes to be an egg donor?”
We've organized ten of the most important, wide-ranging factors that we look into when evaluating an egg donor application. These factors have been compiled over our twenty-year history as the top egg donor agency in the world. If you feel that you might be seriously considering donating your eggs, then be sure to read through this list; it may answer many of your questions.
When the intended parents decide to rely on an egg donor, they begin their first steps in their journey to start a family. For whatever reason, they cannot start one through normal means. With the expense involved in using eggs from an egg donor, we do our best to ensure a healthy and viable match. There are a few mental and physical concerns which contribute to your being a suitable egg donor.
1.You don't smoke. This is an absolute must. The use of tobacco products has been repeatedly proven to damage the reproductive system, and to affect even unfertilized eggs. A woman has every right to do as she will with her body, but we cannot accept as smoker as an egg donor.
2.You're physically and mentally fit. While no one is perfect, an egg donor should be both physiologically and psychologically healthy. Additionally, a prospective egg donor must have no outstanding family history of severe congenital health problems, such as cancer or diabetes.
3.You're of prime childbearing age. ConceiveAbilities accepts egg donors between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-nine. It is worth noting that there are other agencies which accept egg donors who are as young as eighteen years of age; we feel that restricting this option to women aged twenty-one or older helps to ensure prime reproductive health. It also helps to ensure that a woman is well-informed about this life-affecting decision.
Personality is important! Not only does it potentially have some bearing on the type of individual we can expect to be born from your eggs, but also the right personality traits reduce potential stress factors inherent to the egg donor process. They also serve to make it far more rewarding for the egg donor!
4.You have a giving spirit. A woman makes a deeply personal gesture by donating her eggs. At ConceiveAbilities, we look for prospective donors with a great sense of generosity. Egg donors are compensated, but the procedure is not entirely without risk; a well-informed donor should be deeply interested in helping others, as a result.
5.You're one tough cookie! Many women find that they enjoy the responsibility of being an egg donor, but that doesn't make it an easy path to follow. There are a few needles involved, including blood draws and self-administered medication. It isn't as bad as it sounds! That being said, there's no way around it if you're going to be an egg donor.
6.You're a real go-getter. Dedication and resolve are crucial to the process of being an egg donor... as well as to all aspects involved in surrogacy and family planning. If you're the type to stick to your guns, and to finish what you've started, then you might be exactly what we're looking for.
7.Making others happy makes you happy! We've touched on this already, but it's so important that it bears repeating. The ideal egg donor is a woman who enjoys the sense of helping out other young couples in a deep and profoundly moving way. If you take pleasure in doing good things for other people, you've got one of the most absolutely vital qualities that we're after!
There are a few things we're looking for, which might be of a particular surprise to many people – mostly because they don't immediately leap out as being obvious assumptions. Upon consideration, however, these few remaining assorted factors can make all the difference in whether or not a woman's application to become an egg donor is accepted.
8.You have a flexible schedule. This doesn’t mean you need to be available twenty-four-seven! However, while we make every effort to accommodate work, school, and similar concerns, scheduling conflicts may occur. There are lots of factors at play, not all of which are under our direct control. A prospective egg donor needs to be patient, as well as somewhat flexible.
9.Extra money wouldn’t hurt. While egg donation covers a relatively short period of time, you will be compensated – which can serve to help with educational or other expenses. Perhaps you're getting settled into a new location, or you're wanting to spend a few weeks traveling. Egg donor compensation covers time, inconvenience, and the vital nature of the help that you're providing; for most individuals, there are any number of areas directions in which that money could go.
10.You’re in high demand! We accept egg donors of all races, creeds, and ethnic groups, but those of Asian, East Indian, or Jewish descent are especially wanted due to scarcities of available eggs in various parts of the world, as well as within certain ethnic lines. As a result, demand is higher for eggs from women who fall within certain broadly defined categories. Compensation may be higher as a result, as well.
If you read through the list above, and you feel like you might be a good fit, we'd love to hear from you! Remember – the above list is a broadly defined list. If you want to become an egg donor, you should definitely consider seeking additional information from us, prior to letting anything simply turn you away entirely! You can fill out an egg donor application here, if you feel like you're ready to get started. For additional information, give this a read.
We look forward to hearing from you!
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.