For many young women, the decision to become an egg donor comes after much thought and consideration. You’ve decided to help for altruistic reasons, and are looking forward to a bit of added financial freedom that comes through compensation. Unfortunately, not all women are approved to become egg donors with Creating New Generations, and even if approved, you may still be disqualified by a medical center after you’ve been matched with a hopeful parent. While the egg donor application process is designed to identify candidates with the highest chance of being medically approved, the criteria for approval may change. In general, there are several reasons for egg donor disqualification, and we discuss the most common reasons below.
If you’re considering egg donation, you must be healthy, and in a normal weight range for your height (learn more about body mass index). Your and your family’s medical history, including mental health issues and personality behavior disorders, may result in egg donor disqualification.
Gynecologic and Fertility History
Your gynecologic history, including the regularity of your monthly menstrual cycles and your method of contraception (if any), will be considered.
Family History of Genetic Disease
Your genetic history and the history of your immediate and extended family members is an important consideration to determine your eligibility to donate, and a family history of genetic disease may result in egg donor disqualification. You will meet with a genetic counselor and undergo genetic testing as part of your medical screening.
Your social behavior, such as tobacco product use, recreational drug use, substance abuse problems, and sexual behavior placing an increased risk on the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease, may result in your disqualification as an egg donor.
Maturity, Responsibility, and Dependability
Last, but certainly no less important, it is your choice to become an egg donor, and the obligations this decision places upon you, requiring responsibility, dependability, and maturity, are of utmost importance. If your daily lifestyle doesn’t match up with these personality traits, this may result in your disqualification, even if all other screening factors are normal.
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