Being unable to produce healthy eggs of your own when you want to start a family is a devastating experience that many women go through. With the help of the expert team at the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Winter Park and Celebration, Florida, you could offer someone the chance of motherhood by becoming an egg donor. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today or using the online form to book an appointment.
An egg donor is a woman who offers her eggs to someone who's unable to conceive. Some of the reasons why people need an egg donor include:
Some women's ovaries fail at an early age, so they're unable to produce their own eggs.
Cancer treatments that use powerful chemotherapy drugs can cause a woman's ovaries to age significantly and bring about premature ovarian failure.
Women who have certain genetic conditions might wish to avoid passing them on to their children.
More women are starting their families later in life. They may need an egg donor's help to conceive a healthy child.
Couples in same-sex relationships might need an egg donor and a gestational carrier to expand their families.
The main reason for becoming an egg donor is to give someone the extraordinary gift of experiencing parenthood when they would otherwise be unable to conceive.
However, there are other benefits to becoming an egg donor. In addition to the comprehensive medical workup with no out-of-pocket expenses, you also receive compensation for donating your eggs.
You also have complete assurance that your privacy is secure at all times.
If you want to become an egg donor, you need to go through an application and screening process that includes testing, an interview with a genetic counselor, and physical and psychological exams.
The first stage is blood and urine testing to screen for diseases and genetic abnormalities. You also have a transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate the health of your ovaries.
Next, you have a phone interview with the Center for Reproductive Medicine's genetic counselor, where you discuss your family medical history in depth.
You need to undergo a comprehensive physical exam, screening tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and another transvaginal ultrasound.
This is the final step in the screening process. You meet with a mental health counselor for two to three hours to ensure you're emotionally ready for becoming an egg donor. If you have a long-term partner, they need to attend with you.
The Center for Reproductive Medicine team gives you medications that stimulate your ovaries so you produce more eggs than you normally would in your regular monthly cycle. This process doesn't deprive you of any eggs or affect your future fertility.
The egg-retrieval process takes place while you’re under intravenous (IV) sedation. It's a minimally invasive procedure, so there are no incisions or stitches and no risk of scarring.
If you're interested in becoming an egg donor, call the Center for Reproductive Medicine or book an appointment online today.