| Could I Become An Egg Donor?
Most donor clinics will have a set list of criteria as to the type of egg donor they will take on their books. It should also be noted, that even if you pass all the criteria you may still not be accepted. Although it isn't written anywhere or even discussed, your physical appearance will play a role. Prospective parents are given a list of the clinic’s donors, along with a CV of the donor's basic credentials and photo. No matter how politically incorrect it sounds, it is only human nature for them to choose the most attractive donor they can find. For this reason, women who are particularly pretty and well educated often decide to advertise their eggs independently over the internet to the highest bidder (as most clinics will only pay donors a fixed or maximum fee). In general, if you would like to be taken on by a clinic you should expect:
1. To be aged between 19 and 32.
2. Be a non-smoker.
3. Have no personal or family history of drug abuse, depression or alcoholism.
4. Be in good general health.
5. Not to have had a tattoo or piercing in the previous 12 months.
6. Be within the healthy weight range for your height.
7. Ideally you will already have had children, which proves your fertility, but this is not a requirement.
8. Your marital status to be unimportant. You can be married or single. You usually don't have to be a US citizen.
9. To be mentally prepared for your genetic offspring to be born to someone else. You will be given a psychological test to evaluate your awareness.
For an overview, see also: What is egg donation?
The Screening Process
You will need to fill out an extensive questionnaire and attach a photo to your application form. You can download these forms direct from the websites of most clinics. If you meet all of their criteria you may then be asked to attend the clinic for a screening process. This will involve:
1. A general medical and gynecological examination to check your status of health.
2. STD testing to check for signs of infectious diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis and HIV virus (the cause of AIDS).
3. An ultrasound and other blood tests to check your supply of eggs.
4. A psychological exam to make sure that you understand the egg donation process. The doctor will talk about your feelings, life goals, your childhood and dreams for the future. Basically they want to know how you tick and if you are mentally sound.
5. You will need to provide a full family medical history, including your parents and grandparents. If you do not know their history because you are adopted, this is likely to exclude you from most programs. The only exception is where the recipient is a relative or friend, in this instance you may be able to waive some of the testing.
Once you pass the screening process you are accepted into the clinic. You will need to sign a document stating that you will not try to claim any parenting rights in the future.
How Many Times Can I Donate My Eggs?
The rule generally is 6 times. However if you move clinics this may be difficult to verify. It is up to the egg donor herself to be honest.
What is an egg donation clinic?
How can I find an egg donation clinic?
For Parents Who Want The Services Of An Egg Donor:
What is the cost of egg donation?
What are the pros and cons of egg donation?
• Got another question? See: Womens Health Questions and Guide To Egg Donation
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