Although a donation is offered for the efforts of participating, not all women are
accepted to be egg donors. The clinics that perform the procedures have to have
some standards for qualification to match the desires of their prospective
recipients of the eggs. This is to maximise the success of the egg donation procedure and effectiveness of the process. To see if being
an egg donor is right for you, we have collected a list of commonly asked
questions by the clinics themselves.
First and foremost, a woman needs to be between
the general ages of 18 and 34. Basically, they
want someone who is able to commit to the process, and who has young healthy eggs
that are more likely to implant. She needs to be drug and disease free and be
wiling to undergo weeks of injections with fertility drugs. She will also be
asked to undergo a psychological review to determine if she will be able to
handle the emotional ramifications of having genetic offspring in the world,
whom she will never see, or even know they exist. Many women find this one
issue the hardest with which to reconcile.
applying to become an egg donor you will have blood tests and an internal scan as the medical screening before you
are accepted. During these visits, you will be asked to undergo a physical and
gynecological exam, to give your medical and family history, to give blood samples, and undergo the psychological evaluation. You will have full access to your egg donor agency to discuss what is required of you and what you can expect.
companies who perform this procedure will not complete your acceptance until
you are accepted, matched with a woman who will receive your eggs, and give
your consent. This could take weeks. Also, the regimen of injections will also
take a few weeks. So expect a some time before any donation is paid.
Here is a list of common questions found on
prospective egg donor applications. You will need to be truthful on every
question, as this is a very important and life changing decision for the recipient. Again,
this is just a sample of the basic application to be an egg donor:
- Have you ever been a donor before?
- Age (18 - 34)
- Date of birth
- Hair color
- Eye color
- Have you ever been pregnant?
- What is your current marital status?
- Do you smoke?
- How much alcohol do you drink?
- Do you or have you had any medical problems?
- Have you ever suffered from depression?
- Do you currently take medication?
- What is your current of birth control?
- Is your menstrual period regular?
- Do you have any allergies? Yes No
The South African Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that a woman should not
donate eggs if she:
* Has a BMI over 30
* Abuses drugs or alcohol
* Is not in a healthy - physically and emotionally
Most importantly, an egg donor is someone who understands what she is getting
involved with and what it will require of her. She must be willing to accept
all of the terms before consenting to the procedure. She must be in a position to commit to the process of being an egg donor.