Do you know what it means to be a “known egg donor”? It’s a topic that comes up when our team talks to women who are considering becoming egg donors about egg donation. Because a known egg donor isn’t always someone who is known to the intended parents, the answer can be surprising.
You can find many information about egg donors who are familiar with the intended parents, such as family or friends, although this is a lie. It’s one of the egg donation misconceptions that still exist among individuals or couples considering surrogacy to expand their families.
We’ll try to address a few myths about egg donation in this article —misconceptions that can deter people from donating their eggs.
What Does It Mean to Have a “Known Egg Donor”?
Known egg donors meet with intended parents and continue a relationship with them after the baby is born when dealing with an agency or clinic.
Egg Donation: Myths and Facts
Women who are thinking about giving their eggs should think about it carefully because it is a big commitment. Potential egg donors collect information from a variety of sources, including friends and the internet, during their decision-making process. It can be difficult and perplexing to ensure the veracity of this data.
Some of the false information has persisted. The following are some of the most popular egg donation myths.
Donating eggs reduces an egg donor’s supply. Women have up to 2 million eggs in their ovaries when they are born. Ovulation results in the loss of only a few hundred eggs throughout the course of a woman’s lifetime. More than one is stimulated to mature by the hormones supplied throughout the donation process. Hundreds of thousands of viable eggs are present in the ovaries of women in their twenties.
Women who donate their eggs are more likely to become infertile. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), as well as infection, hemorrhage, and internal organ damage, are extremely rare.
An egg donor can be any woman. The stringent screening method used by ADONIS assure that egg donors meet tight criteria. Normally, there is a two-phase application process with pre-screening in between. This screening ensures that intended parents are paired with egg donors whose physical and mental health histories have been thoroughly investigated.
A woman must be between the ages of 18 and 29 (and with minimum of 1 own child) and have a body mass index of less than 28 to be considered an egg donor. Egg donors must also have completed high school and have some level of education.
The biggest motivator for egg donors is financial gain. Providing financial compensation to egg donors in exchange for their time and commitment to the egg donation process has aided countless people in realizing their goals of starting a family. People who believe that egg donors are merely looking for a way to make money are, in a word, mistaken.
Donating eggs is a painful experience. During the medication phase before the egg extraction operation, egg donors give themselves daily injections for roughly 21 days. Because some people tolerate needles better than others, we discuss this with potential egg donors. If a woman claims she gets queasy or panics when she gets an injection, she isn’t a good egg donor candidate.
Minor adverse effects of the hormone therapy include bloating, breast discomfort, and cramps, but some women do not experience any of these symptoms. Donors are sedated during the egg retrieval operation to ensure they are comfortable.
Donors of eggs may be held legally responsible for any infants born from their eggs. Egg donors have no financial or legal accountability for their eggs after they have been extracted, thanks to legally binding contracts created by ADONIS’ lawyers.
To know more about the topic, please, watch our webinar “Egg and Sperm Donors in Ukraine“: