Women thinking about donating their eggs might find several surprising facts during the process. Before you start exploring your options, learn these 5 facts that most women don’t know about egg donation. They should help you decide whether you’re a good candidate and what you will have to do to donate.
Surprising Fact #1: 30 is Pretty Old
- Most donation centers want eggs from women in their late teens and 20s. If you’ve past 30, you’re definitely old for a donor. In fact, most agencies won’t even consider taking eggs from women over 35. There are just too many fertility issues that can make the process more difficult.
Surprising Fact #2: Egg Donors Can Earn Serious Cash
- A woman who donates an egg can expect to receive between $5,000 and $10,000. Some get a couple thousand less. Some get a few thousand more. Regardless, you can make serious cash by selling eggs during your prime years.
Surprising Fact #3: Donating an Egg Requires Months of Commitment
- Sperm donors have it easy. They pass a relatively simple exam, make a deposit, and get paid.
- Women have to get considerably more involved to donate eggs. The average woman needs to take about six weeks of medication before donating an egg. You have to get your body synchronized with the surrogate, so that means taking a lot of hormones.
- That means enduring some side effects. They’re usually pretty mild for most women. A little bloating, maybe some irritability. Still, it takes dedication.
- Finally, you have to have the egg surgically removed. The procedure takes less than 15 minutes, but its still surgery.
Surprising Fact #4: It’s Hard to Become a Donor
If you want to become a donor, you have to pass a barrage of egg donation requirements. This means mental and physical health testing. For the most part, agencies will only consider your donation if:
- You at least have a high school diploma
- You do not smoke, use drugs, or take prescriptions that could interfere with the process
- You have a history of depression or anxiety
- You have a BMI between 18 and 29
- You haven’t gotten any tattoos or piercings in the past year
- You haven’t received a blood transfusion within the last year
The specific requirements vary from center to center, but these are fairly common.
Surprising Fact #5: You Donate When the Surrogate’s Ready
- Sperm donors have the luxury of dropping off their deposits whenever they want. Egg donors, however, have to donate at a time that’s right for the surrogate.
- When you sign up to donate an egg, you fill out the application, take the tests, and wait for someone to choose you. When a surrogate chooses your profile, you begin preparing your body for the donation. A few weeks or months later, doctors extract the egg.
- You don’t have the luxury of deciding exactly when you’ll donate because success depends on you and the surrogate. That’s not always an easy task.
If you’ve donated eggs before, what surprised you most?
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