(Closed) Has anyone donated eggs?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

One of my roommates in college made a few rounds of donations. So I’m not speaking from personal experience. She’s a pretty tough cookie and handled the process well (e.g. having to inject herself with hormones, yikes)!

However, she did the donations primarily for the monetary compensation. And while that’s her choice and her right, and I think your reason is more noble. 🙂


Post # 4
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I personally haven’t, but would definitely consider it. The screening process is quite stringent, there are a lot of shots and doctor’s appointments involved, but I think the help you’re potentially giving to someone who wants to have a baby definitely makes it worth it. I know after this pregnancy we will not be having anymore children, so I will be considering egg donation before making that permanent.

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I haven’t done it, but I’ve heard it can be very painful and have some big side effects (i.e. retaining water and bloating to the point you *look* 6 months pregnant, massively increased fertility, etc). I’ve also heard the process of harvesting the eggs themselves is painful.

I think as long as you research the whole process and possible side effects that it is a very noble thing to do.

Like Gemstone, I knew of people in college who did it, but it was pretty much just for the money.

Post # 8
6349 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had considered this, until the law in the UK changed, meaning that egg donors no longer have anonymity; I would just not be prepared to take the risk of a stranger tracking me down 18 years down the line telling me that they’re my ‘biological child’. I also would not realistically do it now for health reasons (I have endo, and coming off hormone treatments like the mini-pill is a seriously bad idea for me as it’s quite aggressive and grows really quickly without treatment)

I’d look into it very carefully, and maybe try and speak to people who’ve actually gone through it; I wonder if you enquired about it whether they might be able to put you in touch with some kind of group?

I think it’s a great thing to do, just go into it with your eyes open.

Post # 9
612 posts
Busy bee

I stopped taking hormonal birth control simply because I didn’t like the idea of messing with my body’s normal functions for something that I could control externally. So for that reason, I would never consider donating eggs. It’s very hard on your body, that’s for sure. I love the idea of it though, as a regular blood donor in the marrow registry – it’s just not something I would ever do!

Post # 10
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I could never do it…I would personally be wondering about my eggs all the time! To me, it’s kind of like adoption where someone else raises your biological child. I think I would constantly be looking and wondering if I had a son or daughter. I am defintely not emotionally equipped for that.

But I am on the Be the Match registry and I really hope that I get picked to donate marrow to someone. I feel like that would be such an amazing gift!

Sidenote: can you even get picked to donate your eggs if you’ve had cervical cancer and arthritis? I know they put you through a lot of medical evaluations and they typically look for a good health history.

Post # 11
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@MrsSl82be: I totally understand that. And I’m sorry if my comment in any way offended you. With my former roommate, the thought process was, “I can’t afford to make my car payments. I’m donating my eggs.” And that’s the mentality she retained throughout the entire process.

As I said before, my former roommate and any other woman who make the choice based on money has that right. I do admire, though, that you’ve also adopted an altruistic feeling about the process, too. I think the really interesting thing about egg donation is that both sides can benefit — monetarily and with the opportunity to have a child.

Post # 12
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsSl82be:  Hi there!  I’ve considered this but I’m too old now (30) and I don’t have the interest in going through the process at this point.

Forgive me for saying this, but I’m not even sure they’d consider your eggs due to your medical history.  Most places (and recipients) are VERY particular about having the absolute healthiest and best eggs they can possibly find, and I’m just not sure that your history with cancer will make you a viable candidate.

Post # 16
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@MrsSl82be: We’ve got the tech team looking into why that’s happening. I’ll probably send them a link to this thread so they can see it in action.

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