As we enter a new year, taking stock of the past year’s ups and downs and preparing for a fresh start, some couples and individuals may be thinking of growing their family through third-party reproductive services — whether through egg donation, embryo donation, surrogacy, or sperm donation.
There have been improvements in conversations about infertility, egg donation, and surrogacy, but we still have a long way to go. In an ideal world, people working through fertility issues or choosing egg donation and/or surrogacy would be able to do so free from the stress of being judged or from ignorance.
Unless you and your partner are LGBT, it is unlikely that you expected to need third-party reproduction in order to build your family. The idea of needing an egg donor, a sperm donor, or a gestational surrogate can be difficult to adjust to initially—it’s not normally what people imagine when they think of having a baby. This change in mentality takes a lot of effort; though once third-party reproduction is decided on and the process of working with an agency begins, life can veer toward being both filled with the excited anticipation of next steps and it all being potentially overwhelming.
Becoming an egg donor is an incredibly generous act – your time and energy are so valuable, and to donate your eggs so someone else can become a parent is one of the greatest gifts one person can give to another. Even today, as egg donation becomes an increasingly popular modern family building option, there is a lot of confusion about what it means to be an egg donor, what the donation process entails, and how important things like donor compensation actually work.
You’ve made the transition to egg donation and are aware that you will need to select a donor to move forward on the journey to parenthood. In all cases in which a donor is needed (infertility, LGBTQ families, and single parents), you’ll need to establish the criteria for finding an egg donor.
Working with an egg donor can be a great option for couples and individuals of all kinds. Whether it’s a same-sex male couple looking to realize their dreams of having children or a woman with low-quality eggs seeking to start a family with her male partner, egg donation is a very popular, effective fertility solution.
We know that it takes a very special person to become a gestational surrogate or an egg donor for a family in need. There are many reasons couples and individuals turn to third-party reproduction, but infertility struggles, single parenthood and LGBTQ family building are at the top.
In part thanks to celebrities, our general consensus leans toward the notion that women can get pregnant well into their 40s, maybe even their early 50s, without any kind of assisted reproductive care.
When you’re looking for the chance to become a parent or the opportunity to help intended parents as a surrogate or egg donor, working with only a comprehensive and committed agency should do. Here are four criteria you can consider narrowing your selection of assisted reproduction partners down to one outstanding agency candidate.