Infertility is one of the main problems of many couples today. Among the direct causes affecting reproduction are: stress, age, anxiety or genetic background. Donating eggs is one of the most convenient options for those couples who face difficulties in having children.
The pros of donating eggsAmong the various reproductive medicine procedures, egg donation is one of the most frequently applied in cases of older women experiencing problems when it comes to becoming a mother. This system implies a number of benefits for those women wishing to become a donor:
- You will help many people to fulfil their dream: for many couples, when there is a will, there is no way. Many people, due to the circumstances, are left with the desire to become a parent. You would be helping them to make their biggest hope become reality, participating in an incredible experience, the ultimate purpose of which, is to create a new life.
- Medical tests free of charge: while donating eggs, you will benefit from a number of medical examinations and analyses free of charge, which will give you an insight into your fertility.
- A short process: ovarian stimulation for egg donation is a process that takes on average two weeks, including the procedure of egg retrieval.
- Low risk: currently, there is plenty of information and research available, which made it possible to minimise the risks. Having donated, the majority of female donors express their satisfaction with the whole process and most of them even repeat.
- You will be entitled to financial compensation: According to the legislation in force - Section 13 of Code of Practice “Donors may be compensated with a fixed amount of money, as specified in HFEA Directions, which reasonably covers any financial losses incurred in connection with donating gametes provided to that centre" and according to Section 26 (4) of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act “Centres may compensate egg donors with a fixed sum of up to £750 per cycle of donation. Where a prospective egg donor does not complete the cycle, the centre may compensate the egg donor on a 'per clinic visit' basis, as specified in HFEA Directions".
How to become an egg donorIf you are a young woman in good health, and you are considering donating eggs, it is important that you are familiar with the necessary requirements:
- To be of age.
- To be in good state of fertility, which implies women between the ages of 18 and 35.
- To attend an interview with the psychologist.
- Undergo a few medical tests to check the donor´s medical condition. These tests include a series of gynaecological check-ups, as well as blood tests.