The Egg Donation Process with Conceptual Options: A Guide to Being Open or Anonymous

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The Egg Donation Process with Conceptual Options: A Guide to Being Open or Anonymous

Many Egg Donors would like to remain anonymous for a variety of reasons. For example, many egg donors are young who still have plans to build a family of their own in the future. Some have reservations about meeting any future children of the Intended Parents that they helped because they fear they’ll feel overwhelmed by recognizing their DNA in a child they don’t know.

Whatever the reason, an Egg Donor’s wish to be anonymous is theirs and should be honored. Contractually everything will be set in place for an anonymous egg donor. The same goes for a donor that wants to remain open for a future meet and greet with any potential offspring her eggs might give.

Many arrangements state that children can reach out the donor once they reach the age of 18. Yet, each and every donor is going to have a different set of desires for future contact or remaining anonymous throughout the egg donation process.

However, in 2018 there are a few things sweeping that nation that may make it a little more tricky to remain anonymous. Here’s what you should consider:

Do I Want Any Future Contact?

You might be the kind of Egg Donor that wants to donate your eggs once and then move on with your life, never knowing the outcome of your donation. That is a very normal desire and something that will be honored by your Intended Parents for the remainder of your life.

If you think there might come a day that you do want to meet any potential children that were born from your egg donation process, then make a decision further down the road. Most agencies and lawyers will have your information up to date for years to come, and they can reach out to you later on behalf of any Intended Parents to see if you’ve reached a decision or changed your mind.

Do You Want Your Own Children?

Many Egg Donors choose to remain open in the egg donation process if they don’t plan on having any children of their own. They feel great about helping others build a family, and are interested in meeting the kids once they’ve grown.

If you want your own children, consider your future family as well when making this decision. Would meeting any other children from your eggs that live with another family be something you find difficult to explain to your kids or husband?

There are so many different ways your story can go when it comes to the egg donation process. But it’s important to remember that it’s up to you to tailor the process. You can do what makes you feel the most comfortable, and the Intended Parents you are helping will remain grateful. The truth is, if a set of Intended Parents insist on a donor that is open and you’d like to remain anonymous, then they can find a donor that’s open- it just won’t be you.

23andME and the Egg Donation Process

Things like 23andMe and other ancestry reports are making it more and more difficult for Egg Donors to remain anonymous. Have no fear, lawyers and contracts in place are here! Once you’ve set your contracts, Intended Parents cannot contact you even if they discover your identity through DNA testing.

They may be introduced to you through a photo or a profile online if you’ve performed the DNA test as well and sent it in. However, that doesn’t mean they can contact you. If you’d really like to cover your bases, perhaps you should consider steering clear from things like 23andMe and other DNA tests.

If you are interested in your ancestry and your genetic makeup or ethnic origin, then do the tests and enjoy the results. Know that it’s possible you could be linked to any potential offspring, but have peace of mind knowing that your Intended Parents will be respectful to your initial wishes from the egg donation process. They can reach out to you through lawyers and agency reps to see how you feel in the future.

Any Way You Want It

However you’d like to go through the egg donation process, we can help you make it a reality. By using the best programs you’ll be able to tailor things in a way that make you comfortable. You can remain anonymous, or you can be an open donor willing to meet the Intended Parents and any future children.

Your act is a generous one, so whatever you decide you’ll still be helping other families. When you’re ready to donate your eggs to parents with a dream to have children, contact us today!

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Vegas, Baby – A New Film On Infertility & IVF You MUST See!!!

A new film, Vegas Baby, by Director, Amanda Micheli, is a must see for anyone struggling with infertility, as well as those men and women who help them as surrogates, egg donors, sperm donors, IVF doctors, friends, and family. Produced by Morgan Spurlock, the film examines the world of in vitro fertilization and the marketing tools used IVF pioneer, Geoffrey Sher, and his Las Vegas clinic.

More specifically, each year the clinic holds a lottery where childless couples send in videos that make the pitch for a free treatment valued at approximately $20,000.00.

“Vegas Baby” follows the stories of a diverse group of contestants. They include Ann and Brian Johnson, of Green Bay, Wis., an interracial couple (Micheli, perhaps wisely, does not comment on this) who have lost prematurely born twins. They have also been unsuccessful in adopting, and see this as their last chance to have a family.

Rosalinda and Dago Patlan, a Hispanic couple from San Antonio, have tried repeatedly without success to have a baby, despite the toll it has taken on their finances and relationship. Rosalinda, who at a young age lost her father and two brothers, insists that she be the biological mother. She refuses to adopt, an attitude that weighs on Dago, who was himself adopted as a child.

Athena Reich, from New York City, is a performer who works as a Lady Gaga impersonator. She finds it more difficult to admit to herself that she is infertile than it was for her to come out to others that she is gay.

There is only one winner, but the two runners-up also persevere in their wish to have the treatment, which Sher offers at a discount. Nonetheless the cost — not just financial, but emotional and in terms of relationships — is considerable.

This film is raw, full of emotions, certainly a film we should all see – especially since 1 in 6 are infertile.

As stated by the Director Amanda Micheli,

While I can’t control my fertility, I can use my skills as a filmmaker to try to give voice to the 1 in 6 — straight, gay, coupled, or going it alone — who struggle with infertility in isolation. By humanizing their stories, my goal is to break the silence around this medical and social issue and ignite a conversation about the flipside of reproductive choice: the choice to have a child.

Find out where to see the film here, as well as on iTunes and Netflix to name a few.