Our egg donors are anonymous, but one five-time donor shared her experience with the process and some of her wisdom for others considering egg donation.
Here is how she answered a few questions:
Q. What motivated you to become an egg donor?
A. I am a very giving and caring person by nature, so becoming an egg donor was a perfect fit. I have been a blood donor for years, am a registered organ donor, and I am an avid volunteer for several charities. My belief in life is that we should all try to help one another out and do our part to make this world a better place. Having children is a dream for many people, and for me to be able to help make those dreams come true to the families I match with is such an honor.
Q. Any advice for potential egg donors or someone thinking about applying?
A. My advice is to learn as much as you can about the process. This is an amazing journey to be a part of, but it’s not a decision to take lightly. Take the time to process all the information you’ve learned and reflect before making your decision. Is this a decision I’ll be happy with next year? Ten years down the road? This should be an amazing experience, for not just the intended parents, but also for yourself.
If this is something you do feel called to do, Christie at Forward Fertility is amazing, and she is always happy to answer questions and be a support along the way. Always ask questions and know that support is always there if needed.
Q. What was helpful for you during your egg donation cycles?
A. What I have found to be helpful is to really take the time to relax during this process. This is an opportunity to listen to your body and relax, take it easy, and even catch up on reading or TV shows.Your body will be going through a lot of changes in a short window of time, so really listening and respecting what the body wants during this time is important.
Overall, this is an amazing process to go through. It can be difficult at times, but remembering what you’re doing for the intended parents is a way to stay motivated. Listen to your body, rest when needed, and plan some days after the egg retrieval to continue resting. Always know there is a support system behind you if needed!