Donating your eggs can be an amazing experience. You have the opportunity to help a struggling couple have a child. However, it isn’t the right choice for everyone. Potential egg donors need to carefully consider the benefits and risks of the donation process, including the physical and psychological effects they will experience. Remember, only you can determine whether or not donating your eggs is right for you.
Pros for Egg Donation
Egg donors are paid for their donation. Donors typically receive monetary compensation for their time, effort, travel expenses, and medical procedures. Compensation can vary depending on the organization, but is generally upwards of $4000.
Rewarding Experience of Helping A Family
Some women find joy and meaning in helping an infertile couple conceive a child. Donating for this purpose makes a difference in the world, and it certainly makes a difference for a struggling family. Helping a couple have a family can be a very rewarding experience for the egg donor.
Personal Medical Knowledge
In order to become an egg donor, you must undergo several medical tests. Tests can include screening for infectious diseases, genetic disorders, and fertility potential. By donating your eggs, you receive these tests for free, which can help you become more knowledgeable about your own personal health at no cost to you.
Cons for Egg Donation
Physical Health Risks
Egg donation is a long process that involves many tests, fertility drug treatments (including frequent injections), and monitoring. The surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs is not without risk of complications, as with any surgery, and requires substantial time for recovery. Physical health risks for egg donation include infection, pain, cramping, and over stimulation of the ovary which can lead to ovary swelling, abdominal pains, and the retention of fluid until the next menstrual period.
Psychological or Moral Concerns
Some women are uncomfortable with the concept of contributing to the birth of a child without taking any role in its life or upbringing. Egg donation is a unique and modern medical approach to conception that can be controversial. Only you can determine if contributing to the birth of a child in this way is aligned with your own personal ethics.
Make the Right Decision for You
Deciding to become an egg donor requires careful consideration, extensive research, and personal reflection. Make sure you utilize credible sources to thoroughly understand the benefits and risks of the procedure. It would be wise to talk about the decision with a healthcare professional, a mental health professional, as well as trusted family and friends. Do everything you can to make a highly informed decision, and give yourself enough time to fully think things through. Donating your eggs is a life changing decision for you and the family you work with. Only you can decide if egg donation is right for you.