I recently made the decision to become an egg donor. One of my friends is a donor, and she convinced me to do it. If you’re curious, keep your eye out for more posts chronicling the process.
Why I made this decision:
First, I’ve become pregnant before, despite using birth control. My OBGYN called me “a fertile Mertyl.” So, I took that as an indication that, perhaps, I may have eggs to spare. It seemed like a logical choice. Second, one of my friends is a donor and she told me that the experience would be life changing. I’m into helping people and this is an exciting new opportunity to try to do that. Third, it pays well. If I failed to mention this part, I would be being dishonest. With $30,000 of debt, this is a quick solution to at least some of that.
The process so far:
Once you have decided to go this route, done your research on companies and the process, and spoken with significant others and/or roommates who may be effected by this decision, the first step is to apply. This part is very simple. All you have to do is go to the website of the reputable egg donation company that you have found (I’m using the company that my friend works through), and fill out the application online.
Next, someone from the company will contact you and ask you some more general health, personality and academic questions. You will also need to provide pictures of yourself, transcripts from your college (possibly; I do) and anything else that the company and the potential recipients require.
Third, you must begin to monitor your menstrual cycle very closely. The company will require that you undergo a battery of tests (I have not begun this process yet. Look for more posts when I do). The most important test is your fertility test, which MUST happen on the third day of your period (or so I’ve been told).
For me, this third requirement became complicated. Nearly 8 months ago, I had the Mirena IUD inserted. For many reasons, this was a bad choice for me (I had a lot of side effects). Ultimately, it was stopping my period. I could no longer reliably tell when I was having one, despite near-constant cramping.
Yesterday, I had my IUD removed. For me, removing it was a part of the decision-making process, not only because I hated it and I needed to know when I was having a period for this process, but because it is a big decision to expose myself to the risk of unintended pregnancy again.
Lastly, the rest of the process is explained by the counselors. It involves birth control, hormone shots, daily doctor’s appointments, no-sex periods of time, and more. As I continue to go through this process, I’ll keep updating you with posts. Please feel free to direct questions to me in the comments section.