Follow The Egg Donor Experience
Have you ever thought about egg donation?
What do you know about it?
What information would you need to make an informed decision if it’s right for you?
There are so many misunderstandings, myths and mysteries about egg donation, we thought it time to learn one donor’s experience, get to the bottom of what actually happens, how she felt before during and after, if it was worth it and if she’d do it all again.
For the sake of privacy (discretion), we’ll call her Kate. Kate donated for the first time in December 2016 and has completed 4 donations to families living around Boston, Chicago, and New York. We invite you to follow the “Egg Donor Experience” blog series as Kate discusses her entire journey – from seeing the first advertisements (and getting turned off) to completing an application, getting selected by an agency, getting chosen by intended parents, getting educated and screened by an IVF clinic’s medical team, getting counsel from a lawyer, and finally what the meds were like for egg stimulation, the egg retrieval and her feelings post-retrieval. We’ll dig into her experienced emotions, physical side effects, who she shared her decision to donate with and her family and friends reactions.
We’ll also include posts from third party reproduction professionals, a 20-year veteran IVF nurse, a genetic counselor, a lawyer specializing in egg donation and surrogacy and a mental health professional to write about how they counsel, guide and advocate for egg donors once they have been chosen.
If you are considering, or have considered donating your eggs, what is the most challenging aspect of making your decision to say yes or no? Follow along for our weekly additions and leave a comment or question!