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I don’t always accept guest posts but whenever I come across an important topic which I think many people can benefit from, I do not hesitate to give it space on my blog. This time, I have a guest post from Heidi Hayes about Egg Donation. Do you know that 1 out of every 8 female silently struggles with infertility, and most don’t know the options available to help them conceive?
Have you ever wanted to do something amazing?
Like give a priceless gift to those in need, or help save a life?
What about helping to create one?
If you’re young, fit, and healthy, donating your eggs to help women struggling with infertility might be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do.
But how do you know if you’re a good candidate? What does the process feel like, and what steps must you take to make it happen?
If you’re interested in helping a loving couple conceive, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions about egg donation below.
Egg Donation: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my eggs are viable?
If you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, you’ll undergo an extensive screening process first.
Because the doctors need to ensure you’re in good health and your eggs are viable for donation. This information is helpful to know when planning your own future family.
Medical staff will ask about your medical history and the genetic conditions carried by you or your immediate family, and determine whether egg donation is medically safe for you. Not every woman is fit to be a candidate, and the diagnostic tests will determine your suitability.
Will donating my eggs hurt?
While egg donation has relatively little physical toll on your body, you’ll need to be able to self-administer hormone medications by injection. Also, there’s a chance you may feel emotionally fragile after donating some of your eggs.
Becoming a donor is not a decision you should take lightly. Whether you’re looking for some extra funds to pay your student debt, or you want to help a family member or friend, you should never feel pressured into saying yes.
How long does it take?
If you have a jam-packed schedule, you may need to consider waiting for a more convenient time. If you decide to become a donor, you’ll need to have flexible availability for visiting the clinic.
From the initial screening to the day your eggs are retrieved, the whole process generally takes about three months. You’ll need to visit the clinic several times and may need to make daily trips to the doctor.
What kind of tests are involved?
Donor screening tests can consist of blood work, drug screening, a physical evaluation, a review of your medical history, and questionnaires to determine your level of education and professional history.
Not only are these tests essential to establishing your viability as a candidate, but your responses will be included in your profile to potential parents.
What qualities make a good donor candidate?
Generally speaking, a good donor candidate is a woman at her most fertile stage in life, which is between the ages of 21 and 33.
You should be a non-smoker and non-user of drugs. You must not have any sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV and chlamydia. Additionally, you must be in good emotional and physical health.
What are a donor’s legal rights?
To become an egg donor, you are asked to sign a legally binding consent form to protect both parties involved. The contract is to ensure you have no responsibility for any child born from your eggs, but also that you have no claim over the child.
Therefore, it’s essential you go into the process with your eyes wide open. It can be an emotional journey if you’re not fully prepared.
How do I know if it’s right for me?
Egg donation is a major decision – it’s important you feel comfortable with every aspect involved. You should feel confident in your choice to donate and never feel forced into donating by anyone.
While you’ll receive plenty of support throughout the process, it is perfectly normal for many donors to feel nervous, apprehensive, and a little sad during their donation cycle.
Make sure you conduct as much research as possible and walk into the clinic well informed about the long and short-term effects.
What can I gain from the experience?
Beyond the financial compensation for your time and effort, you’ll be given the opportunity to help a couple start their dream family. As many as one in eight couples struggle with infertility and try several rounds of IVF with no results, or sign up for lengthy and complicated adoption processes, only to be disappointed.
Your decision to become an egg donor is the most important act of kindness in the world to them. You’ll be helping to create a life and making the dream of building a family come true, while experiencing the personal rewards of altruism in the process.
Heidi Hayes is the Executive Vice President of Donor Egg Bank, a California Cryobank Company. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and has worked extensively in the field of reproductive endocrinology. Having been unsuccessful at traditional IUI and IVF treatments, Heidi personally understands the struggles of infertility. After many years of trying to conceive, she ultimately built her family through adoption and donor egg treatment. She always believed that if she didn’t give up, her ultimate goal of becoming a parent would someday become a reality.
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