The Egg Donor Selection Process

by Admin on May 31, 2017

Infertility affects 1 of 8 people in the world,  and can leave couples devastated and frustrated. Luckily, there are egg donors and surrogates who are willing to help those struggling to have a baby. Family Creations, an egg donor and surrogate agency, works closely with these candidates to give couples the best possible selections to choose from. While you are in full control of selecting your egg donor, there are things you should consider, and some traits you should be open-minded about.

Of course we all want our children to be happy, healthy, and of great genes. Our team at Family Creations helps narrow down the process for you, as we have already screened thousands of qualified egg donors. We provide you with an extensive photo gallery, thorough profiles as well as an extensive family health history. We get to know the donors very well before they are approved and made available to our clients. Here are some characteristics you may want consider:

Realistic Characteristics Vs. Really Difficult to Find Donors

Realistic Desire: “I want my egg donor to have graduated from college with a degree.”

Difficult to find : “I want my egg donor to have had a 4.5 GPA and graduated from one of the top schools in the country.” You may want to be more open-minded about your options.   Something to consider here; many very intelligent people are not afforded with the opportunity to attend top IVY league colleges.  This does not mean they are not brilliantly smart- the US college system is difficult and expensive.  Some of our most outstanding, articulate and intelligent donors attend State University’s and even Community Colleges.  Intelligence is not only a product of genes but a combination of many factors including upbringing, socioeconomic opportunities and much more.

Realistic Desire:  “My egg donor needs to be very healthy, with a family history of great health.” This is a very realistic trait that you should definitely consider. Having a great family health record can give you comfort and satisfaction and may even mean less risk of your child having certain health conditions as they grow.

Difficult to find: “My egg donor needs to come from a flawless family health history” This desire can be very unrealistic. Yes, it is important to know that your egg donor comes from a healthy family and she herself is healthy.  However, all families, including your own, have some medical conditions within.  The important thing to consider here, is that the donor’s offspring is at no higher genetic predisposition for certain medical conditions compared to the general population.  We work with some of the best geneticist out there who will work directly with your fertility doctor to assess such risks.  It is a red-flag for our team when a donor states that no one in her family has any medical conditions.  While it is possible it is highly unlikely. We encourage our donors to speak with other family members to be sure they have provided us with a thorough assessment of their family health history.  If you are registered with other agencies and you see a pattern of their donors all having a “flawless” family history it is very important for you to ask how thoroughly the donor has been vetted by the agency and how much research the donor has done regarding her family health history.

There are many things that our team screens egg donors for. You can leave the hard part to us, as we assess all possible candidates for you to review. To schedule a free consultation with our specialists at Family Creations, give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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