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5 Facts Most Women Don’t Know About Egg Donation

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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.

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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?

 

Sources:

http://www.conceiveabilities.com/donor_pg_4a.htm

 

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Andrea@MommyPR.com My name is Andrea and I have 2 boys (5&7), a baby girl who is 1 years old, a wonderful husband, and 1 kitty. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with the kids 3 days a week and work as a physical therapist 2 days a week.

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