Our egg donor is interviewed for Cosmopolitan magazine and her heartfelt response is as follows:
What motivated you to become a donor?
The thing that motivated me to become a donor was because of the sadness
some parents experience when not being able to conceive. I never want
anyone to feel that emptiness. At a stage it was said to me that I might
not be able to have children and that broke my heart, luckily things
"grew right" as I became a woman. Every woman should have to right to a
child, someone to care for and love.
What were your main worries before donating?
While donating I never really worried about much except the fact that I
tried to live as healthy as possible to give my recipients the
healthiest eggs I possibly can knowing that they have probably been
through hell just to get to this stage.
What has the experience been like?
The experience has been awesome. It's painless and you feel like you
have actually contributing to something that is much larger than you
could imagine, you just gave someone the gift of life.
What was the most challenging aspect?
The most challenging is definitely when your eggs are just ready to be
"harvested" it really feels like awful cramps in your tummy.
How much are you made aware if a birth resulted from your donation?
Not much, I prefer to know as little as possible.
How much were you compensated and what difference has that made to your life?
I was paid the amount stipulated by the Department of Health, and I got the chance to go get myself a few things
that will make my future just a little brighter like my leopard gecko
What advice would you have for other students thinking about becoming donors?
Advice would be to do it. It's the biggest thing I've ever done and
today the average person doesn't really get a chance to contribute to
society. This is it! Just do it!
Do you have any regrets?
I have absolutely no regrets! Im already lined up for donation number 2.