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Egg Donation - Everything You Didn't Know You Didn't Know

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Egg donation. Sounds a little intimidating, doesn't it? Everything that we don't know about or understand seems scarier than it is until we learn more. Understanding egg donation can help you make better decisions on your path to parenthood.

How Common Is Egg Donation.....And What Is It Exactly?

Egg donation is a fairly common process that the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology estimates at about 10,000 egg donation cycles happening per year. But who actually benefits from egg donation and.....uh...what is it?

The general public doesn't have a grasp on what egg donation is because it isn't a huge topic outside of the community that is looking into egg donation or surrogacy to grow their families. But, if more people knew about it, they may find that egg donation is something that they want to do to support families who want to grow, or that it is an incredible option for building their families.

When a woman dates an egg to an intended parent(s) so that they can conceive through in-vitro fertilization - this is referred to as egg donation. While the process seems simple and straight to the point - there are still a lot of questions about egg donation and things that you may not know that are really important. These are the things you didn't know that you didn't know....and you should know!

  1. Not Everyone Is A Candidate For Egg Donation - Whether you want to be an egg donor or are seeking one, please understand that there are criteria that determine if a woman can be an egg donor. Applicants are screened and approved based on collected information regarding health history (physical and mental), education, career, biographical information, and motivation for being an egg donor. There are strict requirements that donors must meet to move forward with the donation.

  2. Egg Donors Have 3 Options - They can choose the type of relationship they want to have with the intended parents. They can remain anonymous, have some information revealed to the intended parents, or even have communication with them. Donors are matched with Intended parents who wish to have the same type of relationship. There are benefits that can come with fully-known egg donation.

  3. Egg Donations Continue To Increase - Each year, egg donation becomes a more common and normalized option in family planning. As more families are choosing egg donation, more women are choosing to donate their eggs.

  4. Success Rates Vary - Not every egg donation or IVF procedure is a success. There are many factors that contribute to the success rate. These can range from the age of the intended mother/gestational surrogate, cause of infertility, IVF clinic expertise, and competency, as well as previous treatment outcomes. *Genesis Rising is a surrogacy center and does not perform any type of fertility planning or treatment. To learn more about IVF success rates, you can find this information on their website or by calling them and asking. Be sure to specify live-birth rates - not just pregnancy rates.

  5. 6 Donations Is The Suggested Max - Egg donors are advised not to donate more than 6 times - however, this advice is simply that and not monitored extensively or regulated. The egg donation max is for the health of the donor - and as moral guidance since more donations can result in many half-siblings running around, known or unknown. The guidelines stated by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggest a donor limitation to 25 live births per population area of 850,000.

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