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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Family is the absolute, single most important thing to me.  I've been blessed with four healthy, smart, beautiful, amazing children and I couldn't imagine my life without them, with that being said, I do know that there are so many couples who struggle with fertility and conception and my heart goes out to each and every one of them...being a parent is something that everyone should be able to experience.   I remember when my sister and her ex-husband struggled to get pregnant with my niece, it was a heartbreaking experience that I wouldn't even begin to know how to handle, but they did and they came through it with a beautiful, amazing daughter who they both cherish!

While I am in no way an infertility expert, I do know that there are many, many options available for couples who are trying to conceive and egg donation is one option that has always been intriguing to me.  If you have a few minutes and you've considered donating eggs to help couple struggling with infertility, take a look at the information below to see if becoming a donor is for you...it could make all the difference to a deserving couple out there!

How to Become an Egg Donor
Deciding to donate eggs is a selfless act that helps people desperate for a child achieve their dream of a family. You may, however, be wondering how exactly does one go about becoming an egg donor. While every donation facility has its own set of standards and rules, the following is a general guide to how you can donate your eggs.


Apply

Before you can donate your eggs, you must apply to the desired donation facility. Each facility as its own application typically filled with questions about you -- and your family’s -- health history, ancestry, education, ethnicity, work history and personal characteristics. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by experts at the facility, and then either denied or accepted. If you’re accepted, your information will become available to patients seeking an egg donor.

Recipient Picks You

Once the recipient chooses you from the other donors, you will be required to go through an initial doctor screening. If your initial prescreening tests come back optimal, the cycling doctor will conduct their own genetic and medical screening. Once you have passed the cycling doctor’s examine, you will be required to go through the legal process. This includes having an attorney look over and finalize the contact that you and the recipient must sign. After this task is complete, you will begin the stimulation medication that will stimulate your ovaries so they begin producing eggs. Throughout this entire time a doctor will monitor to make sure you are healthy.

Retrieval of the Eggs

When the eggs are ready, the cycling doctor will retrieve them. Usually, you will be placed under light sedation during the process, which takes about 25 minutes with a 1 to 2 hour postoperative recovery period. The case manager assigned to you will keep in contact with the doctor’s office during the retrieval process. And when your eggs have been donated, your case manager will have your compensation mailed immediately.

I know that this isn't for everyone, but if sharing this could help even just one deserving couple, then that's all that matters to me!

Until next time...

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