Egg Donor Information
When making the decision to become an egg donor there are many aspects that are to be considered, as well as questions and concerns that potential donors have. This is completely understandable and common with all first time donors who are not exactly familiar with why eggs need to be donated, what all is involved with the process, and who it is that will be receiving the eggs. After all, the donor is taking on a lot of responsibility that requires time and commitment, and she is donating a part of herself in order to create a child for another couple.
An ideal egg donor is someone who is compassionate and interested in helping other women who suffer from infertility or other medical complications.
It is very important for a donor to be responsible enough to take on the many steps involved in this process, and she should be reliable enough to follow all instructions properly. Additionally, it is crucial that a donor is healthy and does not suffer from any serious medical issues. Age is also a critical factor, and studies show that an ideal donor is between 18 and 30 years old.
Those who are waiting to receive a donor’s eggs have usually struggled with conceiving for many years due to infertility. This could occur due to premature failure of the ovaries, early menopause, medical complications that resulted in the ovaries being removed, functioning failure of the ovaries due to cancer or cancer treatments, or because of poor quality of eggs.
It is a common misconception that since the eggs are donated, the donor is not paid. An egg donor is fairly compensated for her time and trouble. The compensation amount is not based on the amount of eggs produced, or whether or not the recipient becomes pregnant, because these types of factors are beyond the control of the donor.
Keep in mind that if a donor does not complete the necessary tasks required, the entire treatment could be cancelled, which results in no compensation. This could occur if the donor does not show up to scheduled appointments for monitoring, or is she does not properly take the medications.
The types of medications for fertility treatments and egg donations are widely used throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. The reason for their widespread use is due to years of rigorous drug testing for safety and effectiveness by the scientific community, as well as the FDA in the U.S.
Once the donor is approved for the treatment program, she will enter into an agreement with the egg recipient that is legally binding. This sets forth the rights and responsibilities of both parties involved. The legal process is a critical part with protecting the donor and recipient.
Although anesthesia is used when the eggs are retrieved, it is not a conventional surgical procedure because a surgical cut is not necessary. The procedure involves retrieving the eggs vaginally with a specialized needle and ultrasound. The donor is sedated to prevent and kind of discomfort throughout the procedure, as there can be some pain with the needle. Because the donor is sedated during the procedure, she is put in a recovery room for about an hour and requires transportation home.