Egg Donation: Some Of Your Questions Answered About This Gift Of Life

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Egg donation is a gift that you can give to an infertile couple that may enable them to eventually have a child. While sperm donation has long been used in fertility treatments, egg donation has been somewhat slower to become popular—likely because of the fact that the procedure to harvest the eggs is invasive. If you're a young, healthy woman who wants to make a big difference in someone's life, read more to learn about egg donation.

1.) Do you get paid for the donation?

Absolutely. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine caps the compensation for the egg donor's time and inconvenience at $10,000 per egg cycle. While there are places that will pay more, they should be viewed a little suspiciously because they may not be entirely reputable. 

It's also possible that you could find a buyer for your eggs through a private buyer who is looking for something very specific if you have something unique about you. For example, if you are a specific race, have a genius-level IQ, or are exceptionally gifted in music, that might entice a buyer to offer you more for your eggs than the usual amount.

2.) Why is egg donation becoming so popular?

The increasing use of in-vitro fertilization as a method of achieving pregnancy has been behind the soaring need for more egg donors. Many of the women who are using in-vitro have had difficulty getting pregnant and their eggs, simply put, are getting old. Younger, healthier eggs are more viable and more likely to result in pregnancy. In other cases, the woman may carry a genetic disorder that she doesn't want to pass onto a child or she may have lost the ability to produce eggs at all due to disorders like early menopause.

3.) How do you know if you could become a donor?

Every clinic or doctor that does egg "harvesting" has its own criteria, but you can expect some to be fairly common:

  • an age restriction, since donors typically have to be over 21-years-old but under the age of 35, when the egg quality starts to decline
  • a good medical history, including both sides of your family, going back at least to your grandparents—genetic diseases in your family like diabetes or bipolar disorder could rule you out of donating
  • a clean body and sound mind—if you've abused drugs or alcohol in the past, you'll likely be restricted from egg donation

If you're interested in becoming an egg donor to help another woman fulfill her dream of having a child, consider contacting an infertility treatment center like Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine in your area to discuss the possibility.


19 December 2016