Egg Donation: Do You Have What It Takes?

by Admin on July 22, 2016

Thinking about becoming an egg donor?

Check out this list to see if egg donation is a good fit for you:

You Must Be Responsible Egg donation is a time sensitive process. Missing an appointment or failing to take your medication correctly can be detrimental to the cycle. While every donor is assigned a case manager to guide them through the process, the donor herself is responsible for making sure she follows all instruction given by her case manager and IVF doctor.

Flexible scheduleEgg donation is time sensitive as it is a biological process that is coordinated around the menstrual cycle of the donor and recipient mother or gestational carrier. For this reason, doctor’s appointments are not flexible. An ideal donor candidate has some flexibility in their schedule in order to attend doctor’s appointments and take off 7-10 days for the egg retrieval trip.

You’re comfortable with doctor’s appointments and needlesThroughout the course of an egg donation cycle, each donor is required to attend several doctor’s appointments and is required to administer medication through subcutaneous self injections (see our blog on cycle medications).

Ethnic backgroundFamily Creations welcomes donors of all ethnic backgrounds into our program. We have a beautifully diverse pool of exceptional egg donors available. Certain ethnic backgrounds such as East Indian and Asian are in high demand since there are not many available egg donors from these specific ethnicities. Jewish egg donors are also highly sought after by recipients.

Physical and mental healthAll donors are required to undergo medical, genetic, and psychological screening. Ideal egg donor candidates are in good physical and emotional health. One important health factor is falling within a healthy BMI range. Also, if you’re considering egg donation it’s a good idea to gather information on your family’s health history and ethnic background for the mandatory genetic consultation. The geneticist provides a report based on the donor’s family history that helps the recipient’s IVF doctor determine what type of testing is needed.

Non-smoker Studies show that the ovarian reserve, egg quality, and quantity are reduced in women who smoke. Smokers also have lower numbers of follicles when stimulated for egg retrieval, and have lower numbers of eggs retrieved- none of which makes for an ideal egg donor candidate.

AgeFamily Creations accepts women between the ages of 21-29 into our egg donor program. Even in the healthiest of women, studies have revealed both egg quality and quantity decreases with age, with a significant decline around age 30.

Compassion This is such an important quality to have as an egg donor. The person or couple you are donating for is counting on you to help them make their dreams of becoming a parent a reality. They are in a vulnerable position as recipients. An ideal egg donor candidate understands this and does everything they can to ensure a successful cycle.

So, do you think you have what it takes to be an exceptional egg donor?  If so, we welcome you to apply with Family Creations.

Have more questions? Give us a call! 818-225-1700

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

References:

Sherbahan, R. (n.d.). Smoking Tobacco and the Effect of Cigarette Smoking on Fertility, Infertility and IVF Success. Retrieved from http://www.advancedfertility.com/smoking.htm

Sherbahan, R. (n.d.). Female Age, Fertility and Infertility. Retrieved from http://www.advancedfertility.com/age.htm

 

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