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Donating eggs?

Anybody ever donate their eggs? I'm beginning to look in to this and wanted to get some unbiased feedback. I love the idea of helping another couple and the monetary payment is a nice bonus for the doctor's appointments, etc... that you have to go through. I plan to ask my gyno about this but from what I've read it seems relatively safe. Any feedback is appreciated.

Fri. Jun 2, 11:11am

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Not sure about egg donors, but for sperm donors, people tend to choose blond, blue-eyed, healthy, fit, ivy league graduates. I don't know how it works when woman in infertile, do they choose a donor most physically resembling her or go for the ideal? Just make sure you're prepared for rejection.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 12:10 PM

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From the reading I've done on egg donation, it's not very easy on your body. In order to produce enough eggs to harvest you have to take fertility drugs, which can be very harsh and cause some side-effects including reproductive issues for the donor. Definately do your research before you sign up! You don't want to make yourself sick or compromise your health or your future children.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 12:25 PM

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It would be nice to have the money but have you thought about it morally? Have you thought about what it would feel like to have one of your children out there somewhere? I mean, that's what it is, your own flesh and blood...

Friday, June 02, 2006, 12:40 PM

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OP here: Thanks for your thoughts etc...

To the 12:10pm poster: Not to sound conceited, but I pretty much am the ideal candidate-very good health, hardly any family medical concerns, etc... I do realize that there could be other genetic things that I don't know about though.

To the 12:40 poster: IMO, I'm not giving these people a baby. I'm giving a couple who is desperate to be parents a chance to create a baby themselves.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 1:32 PM

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I do believe it is safe, lots of work. I have many friends who have fertility issues and people like you are a blessing to them.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 2:07 PM

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I think it's wonderful you're thinking about doing this for someone.

I have looked into it myself, but never followed through- When I was looking into it there is a lot of preperation that goes into it (like taking hormones and being at an ideal wieght, etc). I've havn't heard much about the recovery time, but it is classified as a surgey and you need to take it easy for awhile afterwards. It would would a good idea to talk to a professional about it.

Good Luck! It is really hard to quilify, but it sounds like you have your "genes" in a row.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 2:13 PM

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There are risks for you as well - increased risk of infertility and other health effects for you. Do lots of research, ask lots of questions.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 3:51 PM

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I thought about doing it, but, it's about 3-4 months of hormones and tons of appointments, and a list of things you're not allowed to do during that time (including having sex), and I've heard that the process of harvesting the eggs is very painful, and afterwards, your body isn't back to normal for awhile, due to the drugs/hormones/etc.

And obviously, you can't take birth control during that time too!

If you can do it, good for you! But if you can't make that kind of commitment, don't be hard on yourself; most people can't!

Friday, June 02, 2006, 4:41 PM

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I did it - twice in fact. I was much younger, I'd had 2 abortions, and I did it for the money, mostly, but I also did it so that I could feel as though I was giving back what I took away. (I know there are pro-life people out there and I respect you and don't want to go there at all - just wanted to explain my reasons) It helped me cope with my choices, and the fact that I did it still helps me now. I don't freak out when I think about the children that might now exist because of what I did - I think about the parents I helped, and the child that they wanted so much, and I feel nothing but good about it.

I will say that it is hard on your body taking all those hormones, and that all the hospital visits and monitoring gets a little intense - plus I had to inject myself everyday in the hip with hormones which not everybody is comfortable with),

It's your decision - only you know if putting your body through this means enough to you, and if the reasons you are doing it are the right reasons for YOU.

Hope this helps.

Friday, June 02, 2006, 7:54 PM

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I would love to be an egg donor, but I understand that the age cut off is 21- 35. I am almost 40, does anyone know of a great clinic that would take a 40 year old? They make me feel like I should be sent out to pasture or something...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 6:16 PM

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