If you are a healthy woman aged between 21 and 31, you have a chance to become an egg donor. However, choosing to donate your eggs so that someone else has the chance to have a child is a huge decision that must be considered with extreme care. You should take into account both the pros and cons of this process before you commit to becoming a donor.
Some of the pros are:
Understanding your own fertility potential and learning a lot about your body.
As a potential egg donor, you will go through numerous tests in order to ensure that you are 100% healthy and fertile. This will allow you to ensure that you yourself are ready to become a mother should you desire to do so. You may even consider freezing several eggs for yourself if you want to delay childbearing until much later in the future.
All in all, this will be a highly educational experience.
Psychological satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment.
Donating your eggs is a way to help people who are desperate to have a child but are, regretfully, unable to do so through other means. Therefore, by becoming a donor, you are making some couple in this world very happy.
Free testing for a number of diseases.
You will be tested for rare genetic disorders and other conditions that might hide deep within your body. Of course, should you test positive for any of them, you will be unable to become a donor. However, you will know of the danger and will be able to start treatment immediately.
It’s essential to understand that as a donor, you do not SELL your eggs. You are being compensated for your time and discomfort your body goes through during the cycle. The discomfort might be considerable, but so is the compensation. If you decide to become a donor, you will sign a legal contract detailing the amount of your compensation and will be provided with an opportunity to meet with a specialized attorney to settle any details.
Some of the negatives to consider are:
Some donors say that the hardest thing is accepting the fact that you contributed to the life of a child, but won’t be in any way involved in its upbringing. You will have the chance to discuss it with a therapist working with the donation agency and find support groups of egg donors to help you go through the emotional turmoil caused by the experience.
Egg retrieval is invasive.
This is a minor surgical procedure and you will be sedated during it. The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes and you will be able to go home after the treatment. However, you should have a full day of rest to recuperate properly.
There is a minor risk of infection.
This risk is present during any invasive treatment. If the egg retrieval is performed by a qualified professional in a sanitary facility, the danger is minimal.
In extremely rare cases, donors may develop ovarian hyperstimulation.
This is usually caused by hormonal injections and results in abdominal pains and swelling that last until the next menstrual cycle.
Take this information into account and decide whether you are ready to become an egg donor and help some family discover the joy of parenthood.