Five Reasons to Donate Eggs

Five Reasons to Donate Eggs

If you have dreams of fulfilling someone else’s dreams and giving them the gift of new life, you may consider egg donation. Even though it’s called a “donation,” you’re financially compensated for your eggs and your time. The cost of all medical exams and procedures connected with egg donation is also covered.

Donating eggs is an amazing gift, but it’s also a big step. If you’re not sure if egg donation is right for you, our expert OB/GYNs and fertility specialists at Columbia Fertility Associates can help you decide. 

Here are five reasons why you may consider egg donation this season, or beyond.

1. You want to help a loved one

Up to 15% of couples can’t conceive a child after a year of trying, and 10% still haven’t become pregnant after two years of regular, unprotected sex. If you know someone who’s struggling with infertility, you could help them start or build the family of their dreams.

When the main source of infertility is that the woman’s eggs are too scarce or have degraded over time, they may need donor eggs. If you qualify as a donor, you then supply the eggs that the woman or couple you love needs for their family.

After we retrieve your eggs, we fertilize them with the partner’s or donor’s sperm in a lab. Once the fertilized eggs form healthy embryos, we implant one or more in the woman’s womb so that she can carry the baby to term.

2. You want to help a stranger

You don’t have to know the infertile couple or woman in order to donate your eggs. You can sign up to become an anonymous donor. As with donating to an acquaintance or loved one, you must undergo a screening process to be sure you’re a good candidate.

If a couple chooses you based on the profile we create, you take fertility drugs under our supervision so you produce a number of eggs during a single cycle. During a brief, pain-free, in-office procedure, we remove your eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF). 

3. You’re committed to LGBTQ families

Some couples who want to have a child don’t have a uterus or eggs. In such cases, you may donate eggs that are then implanted in a surrogate’s womb. Your donation ensures that anyone who wants a child may have one, no matter their sexual preference or gender. 

4. You inspire others to give, too

Many egg donors find that the process of helping families create new life is empowering and joyful. In fact, it’s not uncommon that egg donors donate more than once to help couples in need.

When you have a wonderful experience with egg donation, you inspire others you know to donate, too. You become part of an ongoing circle of life that continues far beyond your own lifetime.

5. You are rewarded financially

Even if you only want to donate in order to give others the joy of holding a baby in their arms, that doesn’t mean you can’t gain in other, more substantial ways. Donating your eggs takes time and may be uncomfortable. You have to undergo several examinations and must take fertility drugs that may make you feel fatigued or crampy.

You also must undergo a brief, minimally invasive procedure when we extract your eggs. Afterwards, you may have some cramping and bleeding.

The couple who accepts your eggs pays all of your medical bills associated with the donation process. Our facility performs all screening exams for free. Therefore, you never have out-of-pocket expenses associated with egg donation.

In addition, you’re paid a fee for your time, your eggs, and your commitment to the process. The fee varies from about $5000 to $10,000 per donation. Many young women use the money they make with egg donation to further their education or otherwise improve their lives.

If you want to become an egg donor, check out our FAQs and then fill out an egg donor form here. You can also reach out directly to our Donor Coordinator at (202) 552-2814, or email us at cfaeggdonors@columbiafertility.com. We have offices in Washington, DC; Bethesda, Maryland; and Arlington, Virginia.

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