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Want to Be an Egg Donor? Let’s Get Started!
Making the decision to donate your eggs can be one of the most generous gifts you could ever give an infertile couple. Over 12% of IVF cycles in the United States are completed using donor oocytes. If you have decided to proceed as an egg donor, but aren’t sure where to begin here are some basic steps to start you on your journey:
- Research local fertility clinics in your area to find out what their egg donor qualifications are. Most clinics prefer women who are between the ages of 21 to 32, have a BMI under 30, are non-smokers, live close by, and are college educated. Criteria will vary from clinic to clinic.
- Research the reputation of a fertility clinic before choosing one to work with. The doctors should be board-certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. They should also be members of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
- Once you have decided on a clinic, fill out their online application to begin the process. Make sure you have access to your personal health history and your immediate family’s health history. You will also be asked questions about your ethnicity and physical attributes.
- Make sure that you will be able to dedicate time to the screening and donor process. You will have to be available to attend a number of doctor appointments, some might be scheduled at the last minute depending on how you react to the injectable medication they prescribe you. When choosing a clinic, it would be best to find one that is close to where you work. Many appointments will take less than 20 minutes, some might take longer. Be prepared to be flexible.
- Take the time to look over your donor contract and ask questions. If it’s possible, have a lawyer read through it. The contract will state that you will be relinquishing all parental rights to any children born using your donated oocytes, and any claim over what happens to the additional embryos formed from your donation. If in the future you discover medical information that was previously unknown, you must contact the clinic to share this. The contract will also go over compensation for your time and effort.
- If you don’t understand the medication protocol, what takes place during a retrieval, or even how to give yourself injections, ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes for you to feel comfortable with the donation process.