Donor eggs make it possible for women to conceive who are unable to get pregnant using their own eggs. While wanting to donate your eggs is an extremely generous decision, not every woman is eligible to donate.
The first step to egg donation is to review the basic requirements, learn what to expect, and determine how you stack up as a potential donor. We’ve put together some helpful information for you to consider and discuss further with your provider.
Donating eggs requires a commitment of your time. Couples you may be matched with are emotionally and financially invested in the egg donation process. The typical egg donation process requires about 5-10 office visits and about six months of your time. You must be willing to make time in your schedule to attend appointments. This may mean missing work or school.
Being in good health is crucial for egg donors. The following are some basic requirements.
- Age – The quality of eggs declines with age. For this reason, the ideal age for egg donation is usually between 21 and 30 years old.
- Weight – Being overweight or underweight affects egg quality. Egg donors must be at or close to a healthy weight, which is a BMI between 18.5 and 28.
- Tattoos and piercings – Potential donors who have tattoos or piercings are eligible to donate. However, due to the increased risk of infectious disease transmission, only donors who have not had a new tattoo or piercing within the last six months are eligible.
- Menstrual cycle – Healthy fertility is vital to egg donations. Donors must have regular periods and be free of reproductive disorders to be considered for egg donation.
The psychological evaluation plays a vital role in determining your readiness to become an egg donor. A psychologist will gather as much information as possible, so it’s important to honest answers to questions.
A trained psychologist understands that no one is perfect. The ultimate goal is for the psychologist to determine whether or not you’ll follow through with the egg donation process. Expect to answer questions about your life, stability, and feelings about egg donation.
Lifestyle factors can impact your eligibility to donate. Below are two lifestyle factors to consider when determining whether you’re an ideal donor.
- Smoking. Smoking is not only detrimental to your health, it has a negative impact on fertility. You’re only eligible for egg donation if you have not smoked in the past 12 months.
- Recreational drugs. Potential donors must have a history of no drug use.
Undergoing a fertility screening is necessary to ensure that your ovaries are producing quality eggs. You can also expect to have your blood drawn to check for infectious diseases and to assess your overall general health. Donors must be free of STDs for the past 12 months and in good general health to donate their eggs.
Dr. Vicken Sepilian has the utmost respect for women who make the decision to make families possible through egg donation. To learn more about donating eggs, call one of our offices or book a consultation online today.