The reasons women become egg donors are as diverse as the egg donors themselves. Many people believe that women donate their eggs only out of financial need, and while it’s true that the compensation for egg donation is generous, the reasons are often far more complex than that.

There are many reasons women choose to become egg donors—some unexpected. This article will explain three of the most common reasons why women choose to become egg donors and what you can do if you’re interested in donating your eggs as well.

They love being moms themselves

What’s better than being a mom? If you’re a mom yourself, you understand how deep the love is for your children. This understanding is why so many women who have become mothers decide to become egg donors—they feel they can contribute in a meaningful way by helping others fulfill their dreams of parenthood.

Egg Donor 813 says, “My two boys bring me the greatest joy each day. When I think I have reached the “best stage”, it just gets better. I have friends who have been working through infertility. I have LGBTQ+ friends. And I have friends who may seek other options of parenthood as a single parent. Knowing that I can help others in this way would mean the world to me.”

Egg Donor 646 says, “I have always grown up as the motherly type. I have always put everyone before myself and made sure everyone is taken care of. This is just another one of those moments. I was able to have two beautiful children with my husband, so why would I not want to be able to share that same experience with others who are not as fortunate as myself. I cannot imagine not having the option to start a family, so if my eggs that I do not need anymore can provide that then I want to become an egg donor!”

They want to “pay it forward”

While it’s true that many donors simply want to help someone, a significant number also say they see egg donation as an opportunity to give back. They may have been conceived through donor sperm or egg, or they know someone who has used these methods to build their family. They might be inspired by someone who helped them in their own life, and they want to give back in a similar way. They understand that their gift may allow someone who couldn’t otherwise have children to start a family of their own.

Egg Donor 641 says, “I would like to be an egg donor because I am here today due to a sperm donor. It feels like I am giving back to other couples that want to start a family.”

Egg Donor 644 says, “I have witnessed firsthand the difficulties of conceiving a child with no help. My aunt had multiple miscarriages before having her first child via IVF. My cousin would not be here if not for the woman who donated her eggs. They went on to have three more children conceived naturally, but my family and I will be forever grateful to the woman that was willing to donate her eggs to help someone else achieve their dream.”

They want to provide hope to those struggling with infertility

Many egg donors report wanting to help someone in need, whether it be a friend or a stranger. Often, donors want to help another woman have a family because they’ve seen someone struggle with infertility for years before becoming pregnant—which makes it that much more meaningful for them.

Egg Donor 620 says, “A close friend of mine is currently going through fertility treatments due to difficulty conceiving. I have learned quite a bit about fertility treatments because I wanted to be supportive in my friend’s care. Through that, I have caught a glimpse of what individuals/couples/families go through.

To say the least, I have learned firsthand the challenges one goes through during this process. Becoming a donor will allow me to provide hope to complete strangers by providing them with a potentially beautiful gift and more importantly, support through a journey in which they might feel alone.

Currently, I am in a very good place in my life. I have a wonderful partner, obtained a great education, and have a successful career. Mindfulness is something I have practiced for quite some time, and it has helped me through a great deal of situations. With that being said, being able to give love without receiving it in return is a great example of practicing mindfulness and would be joyous.”

How to Become an Egg Donor

As you can see, women choose to become egg donors for many different reasons. Being an egg donor is a generous and unique way of helping others realize their dreams of parenthood. The first step toward becoming an egg donor is to contact us for more information about our egg donation program. You can complete our brief pre-screen questionnaire to see if you qualify!

Staci Swiderski, CEO and owner of Family Source Consultants has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine since 2002. Staci has vigorously grown the comprehensive egg donation and gestational surrogacy agency to become a worldwide leader in the third-party reproduction field. Staci is a former intended parent herself. She and her husband welcomed their son via gestational surrogacy in 2005. Additionally, Staci had the experience of assisting an infertile couple (AKA Recipient Parents) build their family through her efforts as an egg donor, with her donation resulting in the births of their son and daughter.