Become an Egg Donor: Types of Egg Donation

Types of Egg Donation

The decision to become an egg donor is a big one. Chances are, you’ll be feeling a rollercoaster of emotions. One thing you’ll need to think about is the type of relationship you are looking for with your intended parents. You should choose a relationship level with which you are the most comfortable. This will help Circle match you with intended parents who are looking for the same level of relationship.

As you move forward as an egg donor, you’ll have three forms of egg donation from which to choose: Known, Semi-Known and Anonymous.

  • Known Egg Donation is the most open form of egg donation. In this arrangement, egg donors and intended parents have contact and mutually determine what type of contact/relationship works best for all parties during the cycle and in the future. Communication may be through Skype, a phone call, email, or an in-person meeting, and identifying information is disclosed between the parties. Known donation is designed to give intended parents direct access to their egg donor should they (or their children) have questions for her in the future.
  • Semi-Known Egg Donation allows egg donors and intended parents to mutually agree to some limited contact to determine what type of relationship works best for all parties. And while the communication may be through Skype, a phone call, email, or an in-person meeting – there is no exchange of identifying information. This type of egg donation allows intended parents to connect with their egg donor and hear her story; this contact should solidify that this is the right match.
  • Anonymous Egg Donation is just that: anonymous. You don’t receive background information about your intended parents, and they don’t receive information about your identity. Both the egg donor and the intended parents agree to respect each other’s privacy during the cycle and in the future.

So how do you choose the form of egg donation that’s best for you? Do your research, and ask yourself and your support network what you’re most comfortable with. If you’re open to it, Known and Semi-Known Egg Donation are great options that allow you to establish a relationship with your intended parents, and to get to know the parents who you’re helping.

Getting to know your intended parents can help alleviate some uneasy feelings you may be experiencing. And because there are no “right” or “wrong” emotions during your egg donation journey, you can take comfort in learning more about your intended parents to help yourself feel more at peace with your decision to match with them.

In the end, you’ll choose the form of egg donation that fits your comfort level and personal situation. And that will be the right decision for you. As always, Circle’s Egg Donation team is happy to chat with you about the different types of egg donation to help you make the best decision.

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