There are thousands of women who want to become pregnant but are unable to conceive naturally because they have some fertility problems. Most of these women are ready to try different possible solutions to become mothers. And one such solution is egg donation. Egg donation helps a woman who doesn’t ovulate or is faced with some other fertility issues to conceive a child. This basically means that a healthy woman donates her egg to help a couple. The child will have the donor’s DNA but will not be the donor’s child. If you are healthy, have a healthy lifestyle and ovulate regularly you can become a frozen egg donor if you want to.
However, before you donate your egg it is important that you know exhaustively about every facet associated with the process. Coming to the qualifications required to become an egg donor, you have to understand that laws related to egg donation differs with states. The basic age of egg donors is usually between 21 and 35 though some clinics accept eggs up to the age of 50 for their recipient program. You will also require undergoing a medical test before you donate egg. You will have to undergo physical exam, blood sample check, pelvic examination and a USG will be done to examine the uterus. Your complete medical history will be taken by the doctors and a psychological screening will be done to ensure that you are mentally prepared to donate egg.
If you pass all the tests successfully and are considered fit to become a frozen egg donor you will be given regular hormonal medicines that will trigger the production of your eggs. The medicines will be administered for at least 10 days. Frequent blood tests and USG s will be done to ensure that your eggs are growing healthily. After your eggs mature, they will be removed from your ovaries. This is basically known as egg retrieval process. During the process of egg retrieval a needle will be inserted into the follicles to take out the eggs. The process takes about 30 minutes. Anesthesia is administered during the process to ensure the comfort of donor. It will take you three to four hours to recover from the process and anesthesia. You can go home once you recover.
What will happen to the eggs once you donate it is at best unpredictable. In some cases the donors require to sign the confidentiality contract. If your eggs are implanted it can lead to anything, pregnancy, miscarriage or multiple pregnancies. If there is a problem with the egg or a problem with the egg fertilization procedure undertaken by the laboratory or if the sperm is not strong enough, fertilization may fail. Eggs that are donated by you can be given to several recipients and it might result in several children. If a particular recipient fails to use the egg, she is asked to give it back so that it can be used by another recipient. However, you need to understand that once you donate the eggs, you cannot control their fate.