5 Factors that Make a Good Egg Donor Candidate
Egg donation is an act that helps build families from all backgrounds. Individuals dealing with infertility, single parents, and same-sex couples all benefit from egg donation – something that was not possible for many previous generations. Becoming an egg donor is a remarkable decision, and your interest in the process alone is admirable.
Before being accepted into a donor program, you must meet the program’s required criteria. These measures are in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety, and also confirm that every donor fully comprehends and acknowledges her role in the donation process. If you are unsure if you’re a good fit for the Fertility Source Companies egg donor program, we wanted to note five factors that make for a good candidate.
1. You meet all of the requirements
As noted above, every egg donor program will have a list of criteria that must be met. These requirements typically include an age range, general health points, schedule flexibility, citizenship status, and personal history. If you were to have a personal or family history of certain medical conditions that could likely be passed on or be linked to pregnancy/childbirth complications, then you may not qualify for a donor program.
2. You can commit to the donation schedule
Egg donation will require a few weeks to 1-2 months of time commitment. You will need to attend doctor appointments and give yourself injections on a clear schedule in order to successfully donate. If you cannot reliably attend appointments or confirm transportation to appointments, then egg donation might not be right for you at this time.
3. You can accept your role in the donation process
Anonymous egg donation arrangements are a thing of the past – technological advances of at-home DNA test kits and the importance of donor-conceived offspring having access to their medical history are only a few reasons why the third party reproduction industry has moved towards open donation. Your role in the intended parents’ pathway to parenthood is monumental and you want to make sure you are prepared for the curious child eventually becoming an inquiring adult in the future.
4. You have some type of support system in place
There is a small period of recovery after you have donated your eggs. Cramping, soreness, and fatigue are expected in the hours and days post-procedure. It is important to have people in your life you can rely on comfortably during the time to help you transition back to your normal routine.
5. You’re excited about what it means to be a donor
Donors can have a number of motivations for their decision to donate their eggs, but the top reason is always about helping others. Your donation is the difference between someone having a child and not having a child, between wanting to be a parent and actually being a parent. This is a life-changing act, something that is rarely replicated across good intentions. Excitement about becoming a donor is one of the best qualifications a woman can have.