For many young women, being an egg donor is an exciting and fulfilling experience that allows them to help someone create a family and be compensated for their time and effort. However, if you’ve only recently begun considering becoming an egg donor, you probably have a lot of questions and aren’t sure what to expect in terms of the process itself.
In recent years, using an egg donor has become an increasingly popular form of assisted reproduction for both people struggling with infertility and LGBT couples. However, in spite of its growing popularity, the idea of using an egg donor is sometimes distorted by stubborn myths and misconceptions. These mistaken beliefs can hold an influential yet negative power over intended parents, potentially ultimately discouraging them from exploring donor eggs as a family-building option.
For LGBT couples who want to start a family, third-party reproduction often plays an essential role in turning that dream into a reality. Same-sex male and female couples each face unique challenges when it comes to biologically creating a child, which is what makes third-party reproduction necessary.
When using an egg donor, it’s not uncommon for intended parents to feel concerned about whether they will be able to bond with their baby. Some people worry that since they have no genetic link to the child, building a connection with their baby will be difficult or impossible.
March 19, 2020
COVID – 19 Update
Dear Valued Intended Parents, Gestational Carriers, and Egg Donors,
As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads around the world and throughout the U.S., Fertility SOURCE Companies is actively monitoring the restrictions and guidelines that the CDC and our government have put in place to continually monitor the safety, health and wellbeing of our clients and staff.
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.