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Interested in Donating Your Eggs? Here’s What You Need to Know

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So, you want to donate your eggs! That’s a win-win situation from the beginning. While there is more involved than many women might think, this procedure and the benefits it offers are priceless.

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Healthy women who want to help a couple or individual become parents receive compensation for their contribution and help families grow. Not only that, but the emotional rewards are consistently higher than ever expected by both parties.

Is Compensated Egg Donation Legal?

Yes. In the United States, egg donation is legal, and donors can be compensated. Laws and guidelines can differ from state to state, so it is important to understand the policies in place before you start on the path to becoming an egg donor.

Benefits to Egg Donation That You May Have Never Thought About

The benefits of egg donation are innumerable, including:

  • Financial compensation (often paid by the intended parents)
  • Helping intended parents reach their dream of building their family
  • Learning more about your genetic information
  • And more

In addition to the financial benefits and rewarding experience of donating, egg donors often undergo genetic testing (as do the intended parents), which helps provide valuable information about their current reproductive health.

5 Steps to Becoming an Egg Donor

Now that you know more about what you can gain, you must also understand what will be expected of you. In general, you can expect the process to include the following steps.

  1. Screening – Your selection as an egg donor will start with answering a detailed questionnaire regarding your medical background, lifestyle, and family history.

A psychological examination is often required to make sure you understand all that is involved and are in the right mental state to make these decisions.

A physical examination and lab testing are the last steps in the screening process.

  1. Selection – If selected, you will be asked for photographs.  Your screening questionnaire and photographs will be shown to intended parents. While the intended parents can select the donor(s) they prefer, the final decision belongs to the egg donor.
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  1. Medication protocols – The next step varies from woman to woman. This may involve taking medications or undergoing follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH). These processes help prepare your body for egg retrieval.
  1. Monitoring & assessment – You will be given a calendar that will include the days (over the course of two weeks) that you will have to come into the facility for blood tests and ultrasounds to evaluate your progress.
  1. Retrieval – The eggs are usually retrieved at the end of the two-week treatment cycle. At this two-week time, your eggs are almost mature. On the day of the retrieval, you will be given IV sedation so that you do not feel any pain; however, you will need to have a ride home. Eggs are retrieved vaginally, and there will be a recovery period of about a day, at which time you should rest.

You have the ability to help a deserving couple who will cherish your contribution forever.

Top Beverly Hills and Southern California Reproductive Clinics for Egg Donors

Dr. Peyman Saadat is a world-renowned fertility specialist in Southern California with offices in West Hollywood, Riverside, and Glendora. His offices work directly with egg donors and agencies all over the world to help match the right egg donors with intended patients.

Call Reproductive Fertility Center today at 310-929-6707 to learn more about how you can become an egg donor.