If you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, you may be wondering about the details of the process. Egg donation consists of several steps that lead from applying to become a donor to the egg retrieval itself.
Once you have been matched and medically cleared, you will be scheduled for a stimulation cycle. Before eggs can be retrieved, your ovaries must be stimulated to mature a number of eggs all at once, unlike a normal ovarian cycle. Normally, your body brings one or sometimes two eggs to maturity each month to be released at ovulation.
To increase the chances of creating a viable embryo through in vitro fertilization, we want to be able to retrieve as many eggs as possible. To prepare for that, we perform ovarian stimulation to mature multiple eggs simultaneously.
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For some couples, the need for a donated egg is a given, such as when a male same-sex couple decides to use surrogacy to build a family. For others, the decision may come at the end of a long road of infertility diagnoses and treatments. As with any other choice, whether to proceed with egg donation is highly personal and can be just as much of an emotional journey.
Why would you wish to use a donated egg and how do you discuss the need with your partner, family, or others? Why would egg donation be your best option and what are the experiences of other women?
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The decision to donate your eggs is extremely personal. If you’re considering whether or not to become a donor, you might be wondering whether it’s something you can keep private. Maybe you’re not sure your parents would approve, or you think your friends wouldn’t understand and you don’t want to deal with awkward conversations. Maybe you’re kind of freaked out about whether the intended parents you might match with could find out who you are someday. Whatever your reasons, it’s completely normal to have questions about this. Can you be an egg donor and stay anonymous? Where are the boundaries? Let’s take a look at egg donation and privacy. Read more “Is Egg Donation Anonymous? Known Egg Donors vs. Anonymous Donors”
Egg donation is a complex subject. There’s a lot of science involved, legal and ethical considerations to cover, and a fair bit of emotional complexity to navigate. It’s probably why there are so many myths floating around out there about what egg donation actually is, how it all works, and what it’s all about. Misinformation is common and confusion is normal! That’s why everyone at Bright Expectations is committed to being a source of clear, accurate information about donating your eggs. We’re always around to answer your questions, but today we thought we’d ask you a few. How much do you actually know about egg donation? Read more “How Much Do You Know About Egg Donation? Breaking Down Egg Donation Myths”
When you first start thinking about being an egg donor, it’s totally normal to have a lot of questions. Egg donation isn’t something that’s talked about a lot, and when it does show up in the media or in pop culture, the details are sometimes pretty sketchy. As a result, there are quite a few myths and mysteries around this topic. We’re here to help clear things up. Read more “How Many Eggs Do I Donate?”
Some young women who are thinking about donating their eggs feel a little weird about asking this question. We get it. Egg donation is a very personal decision, based on generosity and altruism. At first, it can seem kind of strange to bring money into the equation when you’re help a waiting family in this really amazing way. Trust us, it’s not.
Egg donor compensation is sometimes treated like a tricky subject, but at Bright Expectations we don’t think it should be. We think that we should be able to talk about everything related to egg donation openly and honestly, just like every other big decision in your life: school, career, relationships. This doesn’t need to be an awkward topic of conversation! So here’s everything you need to know about getting paid to donate your eggs. Read more “How Much Money Do Egg Donors Get Paid?”
If you’re like most women who are thinking about donating eggs, you’re busy. Life happens fast, especially when you’re young and probably juggling school, a job, family commitments, a squad of friends and all the other fabulous/crazy/time consuming things that fill up your calendar. When you’re packing amazing new experiences into your life and trying to make the most of every day (YOLO!) you might wonder where you’re going to find room for something as big as egg donation. Are you going to have to miss classes? Shifts? Spend ages hanging around doctor’s offices and taking fertility medication? How long does it actually take to donate your eggs, and do you have time? Here’s what you need to know. Read more “How Long Does the Egg Donation Process Take?”
When you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, research is all part of the process. You’ve probably looked into what’s involved, what the requirements are, and maybe even explored a bit of the science behind egg donation. But when it comes to getting an idea of what it’s actually like to be an egg donor, nothing compares to hearing from someone who’s done it themselves. They get it, they’ve been there, and they have the stories to share. Read more “An Egg Donor Shares Her Experience During Her Egg Donation Journey”
Helping a family by donating eggs might get you thinking about the day when you start to create your own family. Chances are you don’t want a baby yourself right now, but someday you probably want to be a mom. Women who are thinking about donating sometimes worry that being so generous now could affect their own ability to have kids later. Here’s the short answer: it won’t. Whew!
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Egg donation is becoming a commonplace and routine part of fertility treatment for thousands of women, largely because the old stigmas are breaking down and public opinion is catching up with the wonders of science and medicine. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably heard that donating your eggs can be an amazing way to help families struggling with infertility while making up to $10,000 a cycle. Once you start considering the idea seriously, though, the biggest question on your mind is probably whether it’s actually safe to be an egg donor. Is there a catch somewhere? What are the possible side effects or risks you need to keep in mind before you take the plunge?
Read more “Egg Donation Risks: What Are the Side Effects of Becoming an Egg Donor?”