Being an egg donor is a selfless act that can help a couple who is unable to conceive on their own. While many women consider donating eggs, not everyone is qualified to be an egg donor. The right candidate for egg donation will meet medical, mental and emotional criteria and be dedicated to following instructions to the letter during the retrieval cycle.
Who is the right candidate to become an egg donor?
Being the right candidate begins with having a real desire to help couples who are unable to have children on their own. It’s further by having the drive and dedication to take the fertility medication, which includes multiple injections, exactly as prescribed. All candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be a woman between 18 and 32 years old
- Have the legal right to live and work in the US and have a valid social security number
- Have at a high school diploma – although college coursework or a degree is preferred
- Be a non smoker and not a recreational drug user
- Have no history of STDs, including STDs that were previously treated successfully
- Have a healthy BMI
- Have access to their family medical history
- Have adequate hormone levels to support an egg retrieval cycle
In addition to the above, candidates must meet standards for physical, mental and emotional health.
What’s is the process of donating eggs?
The process begins with contacting New Hope Fertility Center. Then, the screening process will further evaluate a woman’s medical history. Passing mental and emotional evaluations is vitally important. Once all screenings are complete and passed, the cycle can begin.
Egg donation cycles require the use of fertility medication. The purpose of this medication is to stimulate the body to produce a large number of egg during a single cycle. The eggs are retrieved during an outpatient procedure just before ovulation would occur. Afterwards, each donor receives a follow up visit. Unlike some other programs, New Hope does not require that donors and recipients align their cycles. Instead, a donor’s eggs are retrieved and then frozen until a recipient is matched.