We are regularly contacted by young women considering egg donation, asking us whether body modifications, in the form of tattoos, piercings, or plastic surgery, will hinder their chances of being accepted into our egg donor program. Further, we’re asked whether body modifications reduce the possibility of being matched with a hopeful parent after being approved by our egg donor program?
Overall, body modifications are a form of self-expression and a common way young people express their individuality amongst others, similar to choosing a certain style of dress or following a set of life values. They may be used to commemorate an important event in life, or for remembrance of a loved one. Body modifications are often viewed in the context of art or ritual, with possible underlying cultural or social significance involved. Creating New Generations does not discriminate against such modifications to physical appearance. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Tattoos and piercings: The FDA has set forth regulations regarding criteria for recent tattoos or body piercings. These criteria state that individuals who have undergone tattooing within 12 months of donation may be eligible to donate if the tattoo was applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink (typically, documentation from tattoo parlor is required). Further, individuals who have undergone ear or body piercings within 12 months of donation may be eligible to donate if the piercing was done using single-use equipment (again, documentation from a piercing shop may be required).
2. Self-expression is often encouraged, though our hopeful parents may or may not feel that self-expression, or the purpose of choosing a form of self-expression, is in the best interests of their growing family.
3. Body modifications as a result of plastic surgery: hopeful parents may want to see the “real” you, especially the physical characteristics providing a genetic link. As a result, if you’ve undergone surgical procedures that have drastically altered your physical appearance, please expect that a hopeful parent may ask for photos of you before said procedures have been performed, and further, expect questions to be asked.
Ultimately, if you meet the minimum qualifications for egg donation and you have questions about your personal form of self-expression through body modification, we encourage you to contact our office today.