Who can be an egg donor?
For some women, the decision to become an egg donor requires deep soul searching. For others, the decision is made easily. However you come to your decision, you will have to donate your eggs though a IVF fertility clinic. All clinics have set procedures for egg donors. Most require you to be within the ages of 21-35 years of age. However some clinics will consider donors up to the age of 38 years. Ideally you would have already created your own family and be fit and healthy. It is common practice to have a series of counselling sessions with your recipient before starting the egg donation process.
Why should I become a known egg donor?
If you decide to become a known egg donor, your donation will allow a single woman or infertile (heterosexual or same sex) couple the chance of creating a family. Egg donors are very special women, who truly give one of the greatest gifts a person can give. Becoming a known egg donor allows you to decide whom you wish to donate too. Donating privately gives you and your recipient the opportunity to get to know each other before making a commitment. Some donors are happy to receive little or no contact with the child/ren created from their donation, while others share a life long friendship with the families created. There is an increasing demand for egg donors, become one today and help someone less fortunate create a family. It is advisable to discuss the long term ramifications of donating with an infertility psychologist.
Will my name be on the birth certificate?
No. Any child born as a result of your donation is deemed the child of the birth mother under Australian and New Zealand law. An egg donor has no legal or financial obligation to the child/ren born as a result of her donation.
How do you donate eggs?
The procedure of egg retrieval will take place at a fertility clinic. This process includes counselling, infection and health screening. Fertility drugs will be required to stimulate the production of eggs. Egg retrieval procedure involves a lightly invasive surgery to collect the eggs.
Will I be paid for donating eggs?
No, it is illegal to profit from selling donated eggs or any other human tissue in Australia. You will however be covered for all medical, travel and accommodation costs associated with your donation by your recipient.
Can I donate if I’ve had a tubal ligation?
Yes, you may be an egg donor if you have had a tubal ligation. Your eggs will be retrieved prior to being released in the fallopian tubes.
Will I run out of eggs if I donate?
Most women are born with approximately two million eggs. Your body naturally selects and releases a number every month, usually only one is chosen from the group for ovulation. The rest never mature and are discarded by your body. Fertility drugs promote the body to rescue many of the eggs that would naturally have been discarded in that cycle, allowing for a larger number of eggs to be retrieved.
Will donating my eggs affect my chances of becoming pregnant in the future?
There have been various studies conducted on women after egg donation. The information available shows that the fertility medication has no proven long term effects. Also, studies have also shown that egg retrieval has no effect on a women’s short term fertility.