The surrogacy process is a long and complicated one, requiring proactive participation from multiple parties. One of those parties is the egg donor.
This individual is essentially the one to kickstart the entire process. An egg donor is a woman who gives her eggs to another woman suffering from fertility issues. Conceptionally, the eggs from the donor are better suited to a pregnancy, presenting those with fertility issues a chance to become a parent.
With an egg donated, the child will be biologically related to the egg donor, but this is ultimately a rewarding experience for everyone involved. By becoming an egg donor, compassionate young women are helping couples start or continue their family in situations where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
Plus, there’s a heavy financial incentive to become a donor. As a matter of fact, egg donors typically receive compensation ranging from $7,000 to $10,000.
But not just anyone can become a donor. There are some requirements an individual must meet in order to qualify. For instance, egg donors must:
- Be a United States resident
- Be 21 to 31 years old
- Be in good health
- Be height-weight proportionate with BMI of 28 or less
- Have a high school education minimum
- Be willing to take medications via injection
- Not smoke or take illegal drugs
- Have had a Pap smear within the last year
- Not have any psychiatric illness
- Know at least one half of your genetic make-up
- Have reliable transportation (You will have several appointments as you get closer to the retrieval date.)
- Not have had a Depo-Provera shot for at least 8 months
- Not be on Norplant
These safeguards are set up to ensure that the process is appropriate for all parties involved, maximizing safety and the quality of a match. Despite the list of preliminary requirements, being an egg donor is a case where the ends definitely justify the means to get there.
To learn more about becoming an egg donor, or to begin the application process, contact us today!