5 Reasons to Become an Egg Donor

As the use of donor eggs becomes more common with infertility treatments, about 11% of all IVF assistance is with donor eggs, more young women have the opportunity to become an egg donor.  There are many reasons why you might consider becoming an egg donor, and you probably have some questions about the process and if it is right for you. If you are between the ages of 21-29, without a history of cigarette, alcohol, or drug use, and have a healthy BMI, you may be a prime candidate to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having a family.

Become an Egg Donor

5 Reasons to Become an Egg Donor

As the use of donor eggs becomes more common with infertility treatments, about 11% of all IVF assistance is with donor eggs, more young women have the opportunity to become an egg donor.  There are many reasons why you might consider becoming an egg donor, and you probably have some questions about the process and if it is right for you. If you are between the ages of 22-29, without a history of cigarette, alcohol, or drug use, and have a healthy BMI, you may be a prime candidate to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having a family.

Women who use donor eggs have a 50% chance of carrying a viable pregnancy to term. For women 40 and under, that is an increase from 20% TO 50%, and for women over 40, the odds are less than 10% they will conceive without a donor egg. The decision to use a donor egg does not come lightly for many women but once made; it may be their best chance to receive their miracle child. The stakes could not be higher, and the reward could not be more life-changing. Many LGBT couples who want to grow their families also turn to egg donors for assistance and may not be able to have children without egg donors’ generosity. The decision you make to become an egg donor today can make somebody else’s dream come true tomorrow.

1. Become an Egg Donor for Compensation

The first question many women have when researching egg donation is what the compensation will be. The compensation depends on several different factors. For example, are you going to be a private egg donor, or are you going to go through an agency? As a private donor, you may not even request payment because you may be doing it for a friend or family member. While working with an agency, the agency will outline its compensation package and consideration. Still, egg donors receive compensation for their adherence to doctor’s protocols by the amount you request. Still, there’s an even greater opportunity for compensation, and that is the emotional and spiritual satisfaction you will receive by becoming the answer to a hopeful family’s prayers.

2. You Have No Financial Obligation

The egg donor does not have any financial risk or burden from the process. The expectant parents will pay for all necessary medical procedures, including travel if that’s necessary. Fortunately, many local clinics and hospitals can do the collection procedure, and travel may not be required.

3. You Do Not Need to Have Any Interaction or further Involvement with the Parents

It is not common for the donor to have any involvement with the expectant parents unless the donor is involved in a private donation situation. When a donor goes through an agency, the entire process is anonymous. The agency will be responsible for conducting the screening procedure to ensure the donor meets all the requirements. Then the agency will anonymously provide the necessary information to the expectant parents to select the characteristics they are seeking. Once the eggs have been collected and donated, the egg donor has no further involvement. Typically, the process includes signing a legal waiver that stipulates all legal rights to the offspring are waived.

4. Your Future Fertility Will Not Be Impacted

A major question many egg donors have is how the procedure will impact future fertility. There is no evidence that this process will have an impact on future fertility. During the process, you will experience an increase in fertility – that is, more eggs will be released. You may want to keep that in mind when considering your own family planning, especially since you cannot continue hormonal birth control once you are selected to be a donor. The process of collecting the eggs has begun.

5. You Do Not Need to Make a Lifetime Commitment

Once you’ve decided to become a donor with Conceptual Options, you will begin the screening process. It is important, to be honest throughout the entire process because your answers and your health state will have a major impact on several lives. After you pass the screening and match all the required criteria, you will wait for expectant parents to select your donor profile. Once the matching is complete, the process of donation takes approximately 1 to 3 months. While the turnaround time from selection to compensation is not overnight, it can be fully completed in under a year.