Post # 1
My cousin has asked me to be an egg donor for him and his partner. His sister would carry the baby but she doesn’t feel comfortable also being the egg donor. I think I’m happy to help out, but I’m worried about the effect it might have on my own ability to have children soon. My husband and I were actually thinking about starting TTC next month and this would push that back. I’m 32 and his sister is 34 so I know we’ll need to take care of this soon.
My husband initially didn’t want to start until August, so maybe this will all be fine. Has anyone else ever been an egg donor?
Post # 3
I haven’t, but I know the requirements/restrictions are very stringent. I don’t think this has any adverse effects on your own ability to carry a child or get pregnant though. I’m not sure if this matters in a family-specific case, but the ages preferred are 21 to 30 according to this: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/fertility/services/donor/index.html
Post # 4
I really want to. Mr. Hedgie doesn’t like the idea of my genes being somewhere out there but I figure, if I couldn’t hace a child and somebody donated their egg to me, it would mean the world!
Post # 5
I’m in the process of getting the paperwork ready to be an egg donor. Although, i’m going to be an anonymous donator. I think that’s why there are certain rules because they want your eggs to be the best they can be and have the best chances of survival.
I think since someone you know as asked you, there are different rules that apply.
I know after I finish my paperwork and submit them, I have to wait for a couple to select my eggs. After I’m ready, I start the fertilty treatment to get my body to release more than one egg at a time. This fertiliy treatment involves giving yourself a shot everyday. I’m comfortable with this. Or your husband or SO can do this, too if you are too squeamish. You have to abstain from sex during the 2-3 week process? (I think it’s that long.) After the eggs are ready to be harvested, you go in for a procedure and they harvest it. I have heard that you may need to take that day off and the day after the harvest to recover, though.
They tell you that it shouldn’t hurt the chances for your to conceive in the future. Now, there are risks, very rarely there is somthing you can get from the fertility medication but once there’s symptoms, you immediately stop the medication and can no longer donate eggs.
I think I summed it up pretty well. I don’t think I missed anything. This is for the state of WA, so there might be different for your state.
I think it’s great that your cousin asked you. If this is something you and your SO wants to do, then you should do it. I would talk to a fertility clinic to answer all the question accurately though. This is just what I know and I’m not a doctor.
Post # 6
@AmeliaBedelia: You can be older if it’s a directed donation.
Post # 7
@BrianneG: That’s what I figured.
Post # 8
I have never done this, or looked into it but I wanted to say that it’s wonderful that you’d do this for your cousin! It will mean the world to them! 🙂