In these modern times, couples having trouble conceiving are fortune enough to have a range of options when it comes to finding assistance in having children of their own. Because there are so many factors that influence fertility and ability to carry a child to term, the actual assistance required varies dramatically.
As you probably know already, egg or sperm donation is a key component in reproduction where one partner is totally infertile. Many young women have considered undergoing the egg donation process in order to give another couple a shot at producing a healthy child, but they are also concerned. What does egg donation entail, and what does it mean for you in the long run? Let's get the facts.
First off, what would motivate someone like you to donate from your own reproductive organs? Well, there are many factors that can render a woman without viable eggs.
Common cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can damage eggs beyond repair; some women are actually born missing ovaries or other reproductive organs, giving them zero chance of becoming pregnant naturally. By donating, you can help pass on some of your positive traits to a couple in need, giving them hope for a normal family.
Furthermore, the compensation for donating your eggs can be significant. While I don't recommend pursuing this type of donation simply for financial gain, it can be a comfort to know that the trouble you take to go through a somewhat involved procedure will be well-rewarded. Many first-time donors make up to 4,000 dollars, but egg donor agencies do vary in the rate of compensation.
Most women opt to donate anonymously, but there are some agencies that allow you to become acquainted with potential parents that will select you based upon your positive qualities. Regardless, you will most likely have to study and sign paperwork that relinquishes custody over children that may result from your donation.
There may be a psychological sense of obligation and ownership which can make this difficult, so talk over your concerns with the professionals at the agency--they will have dealt with this before and know how to help you work through reservations.
Some women are afraid of the procedure itself because they know so little about it. There are some preparations--hormone injections--that allow up to 15 of your eggs to mature at a time and the procedure involves a relatively quick and painless extraction followed by a period of rest lasting up to two hours. The majority of donors are able to resume all normal activities within a day.
Is egg donation right for you? Only you can decide that. But make sure to make a final decision based on all the facts.