How to Prepare to Become an Egg Donor (2022)
If you are considering becoming an egg donor, you should know that you are about to embark on an amazing journey. Egg donation is a precious gift for intended parents who would not otherwise be able to have a child. Here at Santa Monica Fertility, we cherish and appreciate our egg donors, because we have seen first hand the wonderful results of their donation. We reward our egg donors for their time and effort with a generous compensation package.
Although the egg donation process is fairly straightforward, it’s imperative to do your research so you thoroughly understand the process, what it means, the commitment it requires, and any potential side effects some donors may experience. Part of that research is speaking to us, as we are extremely experienced with egg donation and can expertly guide you so you can make the choice that is best for you. Let’s take a closer look at how to prepare to become an egg donor.
Why Become an Egg Donor?
If your friends and family ask you why become an egg donor, you can say with confidence that the benefits are many! Becoming an egg donor will make an enormous difference in the lives of people you touch, by giving them the chance to build a family of their own. In addition, you will be compensated generously for your time and effort and will have free medical and genetic screening provided to you. Because the egg retrieval takes place at one of our clinics, you’ll have an opportunity to spend a few days in either Santa Monica, California or Miami, Florida, with all your expenses paid, including travel and accommodation, if you are not local to us. There are never any out of pocket expenses to you during your egg donation journey
Please see this page for more information on the benefits as well as the disadvantages of becoming an egg donor. More information on egg donor pay can be found here.
Research Egg Donation Well
You should definitely research egg donation well prior to making your decision, such as possible side effects and risks, but please, in addition to Google, talk with a medical professional who is an expert in egg donation, to make sure you have the correct information. As part of our screening process, we have incorporated a consultation with one of our physicians, and this is your opportunity to ask questions as well as address any concerns you may have
Another step in our screening process is a consultation with a psychologist. Again, this is an excellent opportunity to address concerns about the emotional impact of this decision. Then, taking into account both your physical and mental wellbeing, your overall health, plus your work and/or school commitments, carefully review everything to determine if donating eggs is 100 percent something you want to do.
Many women who are considering egg donation find it helpful to read stories from experienced egg donors to learn what it’s like. You can see their stories here.
Understand the Egg Donation Process
You don’t have to go to medical school and become a doctor, but you should have a thorough understanding of the medical and biological processes involved when it comes to egg donation. To assist you in this understanding, see this page on becoming an egg donor as well as information on outlining all the steps involved in donating eggs in detail here
Sharing Your Egg Donation Journey with Family and Friends
It’s completely up to you if, and with whom, you want to share the fact that you are donating your eggs. If you do decide to share your egg donation journey with family and friends, it’s best to do this early in the process in case there is skepticism or lack of support which you may have to deal with.
Will I Regret Donating Eggs?
Almost all potential egg donors ask themselves the question of will I regret donating eggs. Of course, no one can predict the future, so we can’t answer this question for you. What we can do is draw on our years of experience of working with egg donors and tell you that we have yet to see a donor who regretted her decision. Actually, it’s quite the opposite; most donors who decide to donate their eggs do so at least one more time after their initial journey.
The key to making the decision to donate eggs without subsequent regret is to have the right initial motivation to donate. Yes, the compensation is generous, but all of us know deep down that money is not everything. When you donate your eggs with the genuine desire to help someone build a family, you are very unlikely to regret your decision in the future.
Because a psychological consultation is a core part of our egg donor screening process, we can be confident that you truly understand what donating your eggs means, and that you are 100 percent informed and confident this is something to which you want to commit to.
Check That You Qualify to Become an Egg Donor
Before you go further in your research, you should check that you qualify to become an egg donor. Be sure that you understand and meet all the requirements, as they are there for a very good reason. Our primary responsibility is to keep you healthy and safe during the egg donation process, as well as ensuring your eggs are of high quality, so you can give the intended parents the best chance to have a healthy baby. The requirements help us to do just that
While there are some egg donor qualifications that may be flexible and differ somewhat from one egg donation agency to another, there are other requirements that simply cannot be waived. Please see this page for more information on egg donor qualifications.
Egg Donation Requires Time Commitment
While the time varies from donor to donor, it’s important to understand that egg donation requires a time commitment. The average time from the start of screening to egg retrieval is about three months. You can expect the initial screening to require about 4 to 5 hours of your time. This includes the initial consultation, genetic testing, blood work, transvaginal ultrasound and the psychological screening.
The next real time commitment comes during the actual cycle. While the necessary injections are done at home and require little time, during those two weeks the donor must come to her designated clinic three times a week for monitoring appointments, which usually last around one to two hours each. In addition, we recommend you take the entire day off from work or other activities on the day of the egg retrieval to let your body rest and recover.
Understand Your Egg Donor Rights And Obligations
When you understand your egg donor rights and obligations, you can sign your egg donation contract with confidence. Because egg donation is such a relatively new concept with technology that has rapidly evolved, the legal considerations around all this can be quite complicated, with laws differing from state to state. This makes it especially important that you are well informed about this aspect of egg donation.
We provide legal representation for our donors and cover the associated cost. There is actually no cost to the donor for anything, ever, throughout the egg donation process. Please see this page for more information on egg donation contracts and legal considerations.
How to Prepare My Body for Egg Donation Process?
While it’s always a great idea to keep yourself healthy, including your body and mind, it’s absolutely essential during your egg donation journey. Donating eggs requires you to take certain medications and when your physical health is optimized, this helps you to manage any egg donation medication side effects you may experience
Here are some of the steps you can take to support your egg donation process:
The nicotine in tobacco, as well as the other harmful compounds tobacco contains, can negatively impact both your egg quality as well as the normal functioning of your ovaries. In addition, most of our intended parents want to work with an egg donor who does not smoke.
Limit Alcoholic Drinks
In addition to negative effects on the quality of your eggs, alcohol may interfere with the action of some of the necessary medications and may exacerbate side effects. Ideally, you should stop any consumption of alcohol during the donation process, but if not, then limit alcoholic drinks.
Limit Intensive Exercise and Swap for More Gentle Kinds
If you are into heavy aerobic or long cardio workouts or weightlifting, we advise that you swap these out for more gentle kinds of exercise, such as walking, during the donation cycle. Due to the ovarian stimulation of the medications, the ovaries are increased in size, so you don’t want to submit them to any unnecessary physical stress due to strenuous exercise.
Stop Using Recreational Drugs, Including Marijuana
Just as the effects of nicotine and other compounds in tobacco can be harmful to your eggs and ovarian function, so can other drugs. You should stop using recreational drugs, including marijuana, if you want to become an egg donor. As with smokers, our intended parents usually prefer to work with donors who do not use recreational drugs.
Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
You want to provide the healthiest, most viable eggs for the intended parents, so good nutrition is an essential part of this process. Just as in pregnancy, where the pregnant woman is advised on diet and nutrition, it’s just as important for you, as an egg donor, to eat properly. This will ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs so you can produce the healthiest eggs possible.
Hydration with plenty of fresh, pure water is an essential component of good health and contributes to the function of your ovaries and production of healthy eggs.
Listen to Your Body Throughout the Egg Donation Process
It’s important to listen to your body throughout the egg donation process. Once you begin taking the medication in preparation for egg retrieval, you may experience some side effects. These are usually mild and will pass shortly after the egg retrieval has been completed.
Please see this page for more information on how to manage the side effects of egg donation medication and also information on when to call your doctor.
Prepare to Be an Egg Donor
The very best way to prepare to be an egg donor is to speak with us. We have industry-leading expertise and our professional egg donor coordinators can answer all the questions you may have, as well help you to get prepared to be an egg donor if that becomes your choice. Simply contact us online or call us at 310-566-1487. We would be delighted to assist you
If you are ready to apply, please submit a short online egg donor application here.
For more information we invite you to explore our website, as we have a lot of useful information for you such as our become an egg donor page and our egg donation FAQ. You may also find it helpful to take a look at this information on the pros and cons of being an egg donor.
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