You’ve been thinking about becoming an egg donor for some time now, and are finally ready to involve your family, friends, and loved ones by sharing with them your desire to donate your eggs.As you make the life-affirming decision to a help hopeful couple build their family, those closest to you may want to be certain of your decision before giving their unequivocal support. Below we’ve provided you some of the most common questions family, friends, and loved ones ask when talking about egg donation.
“Why do you want to donate your eggs?”
It’s likely your family, friends, and loved ones know you as a compassionate, empathetic young woman who regularly goes out of her way to help others. Be patient when talking about egg donation, and listen to their concerns while you explain your reasons for donating. You’ve likely been considering egg donation for a number of months, doing research and talking about egg donation with those who have donated before, but this may be the first your family, friends, and loved ones have ever heard of your decision to donate your eggs.
“Does egg donation hurt?”
To be honest, you may experience discomfort through the various steps involved in the egg donation process. You might find discomfort with transvaginal ultrasounds, with blood draws, and with daily injections during the egg donation cycle itself. Medication administered during the egg donation cycle may cause mood swings, and at egg retrieval, you may wake up after your retrieval procedure feeling bloated, crampy, and uncomfortable. That being said, discomfort is different from pain, and you should not experience pain. If any step in the egg donation process causes you so much discomfort it is painful, you need to immediately let your medical coordinator and our office know.
“Can egg donation impact your future fertility?”
One of the greatest misconceptions about egg donation is that your egg retrieval will take more eggs than you might normally lose in any even month. Contrary to this misconception, however, an egg retrieval procedure involves only those follicles recruited with any given monthly cycle.
“How will egg donation impact your privacy?”
We respect the privacy of all our egg donors and hopeful parents, and refer to each of you anonymously, such as “your egg donor” or “your hopeful parents”, when talking with the other party. Any information you share with us will remain confidential, unless we are given your permission to share. You will be assigned an identification number with your application, and this unique identifier will be tied to your application throughout your egg donation experience.
“What future obligations do you have after donating your eggs?”
Before you begin your egg donation cycle, you will sign paperwork giving up all legal rights and responsibilities of the eggs retrieved on your retrieval day, and your hopeful parents, in turn, will accept all legal rights and responsibilities for any children born through your donation.
“What do you learn about the parents you’re matched with for donation?”
Many of our hopeful parents choose to share a letter of introduction with their selected egg donor, thus providing you a glimpse into their lives and the ability to understand how truly appreciated you are.
“Where can my family, friends, and loved ones learn more about the various aspects of egg donation?”
Drawing on our professional experiences beginning in 2002, we have written numerous articles about the various aspects of egg donation, and can schedule a phone or skype consultation with you and your family member, friend, or loved one, to talk about egg donation and answer the questions they may have about your egg donor journey.
Overall, we strongly believe our egg donors are best prepared for their egg donation cycle when they are well-informed about the egg donation process and understand not only the physical and emotional aspects of an egg donation cycle, but also have the support of friends, family, and loved ones.
Talking about egg donation with the important people in your life can feel awkward at first, but once those closest to you understand your motivations, they will come to understand how rewarding and emotionally fulfilling the egg donation process can be.
Apply to Become an Egg Donor Today
We invite you join us in this rewarding journey by applying to become an egg donor.
If, after talking about egg donation with your family, friends, and loved ones, you believe egg donation is right for you, click below to complete our online egg donor application form.