If you're thinking about becoming an egg donor – that's great! In addition to the egg donor requirements set forth by ASRM and fertility clinics, it's important for potential egg donors to be emotionally, physically and mentally ready to apply, and to commit to the process.
Egg donation is a big commitment, and one that you should feel amazing about doing! But egg donation is also a serious responsibility. You need to be mentally ready for all that is going to be asked of you.
When you apply, are accepted and added to our egg donor database, you are that much closer to helping make intended parents dreams come true. Should an intended parent choose you for an egg donor match, you need to be able to commit to moving forward with the journey. Once matched, intended parents are emotionally invested in you helping them grow their families.
Egg donors will be given a cycle schedule by the IVF clinic, which includes strict instructions for medications. It's imperative that an egg donor follow these directions explicitly – the success of your egg retrieval can depend on it! While you are taking your medications, there will be a bunch of appointments you'll be required to attend. Please be sure that you have made the time in your schedule to accommodate them (and that you have transportation!)
The actual egg donation process is relatively short (a few weeks), but keeping up with exercise and eating right from when you apply to when you are matched is a great way to help your body prepare for what's ahead.
Be ready to share one of the greatest adventures ever with your agency and with your intended parents. During the application process you will be asked many personal questions about yourself and your family, and you should be ready to answer all of them as honestly as possible.
While you are the one donating your eggs, you should have at least one person in your life who knows about your plans for egg donation. You can look to this person for emotional support throughout the process, or even as your travel companion for the retrieval trip.
You need to be mentally, physically and emotionally "all in" for a successful egg donation!