What is Egg Donation and How Does it Work?
Egg donation is a medical procedure that involves the removal of eggs for one woman for another person or couple to purchase. The reason for the egg donation procedure is to enable another woman to conceive a child from the donated egg.
The woman who donates the eggs will undergo a medical procedure where the eggs are removed from her uterus. To become an egg donor the woman must consent to this medical procedure. The donating woman is paid for each egg she sells. After the eggs are removed they are frozen until a buyer has selected that specific egg.
To become an egg donor there are many different qualifications taken into consideration. The donor woman must be physically fit, mentally fit, and able to undergo months of medical treatment. Women must also be young, have no history or familial history of certain illnesses to become an egg donor too.
To become an egg donor women must receive hormone shots to ovulate more each month and will have monthly medical checkups to monitor the ovulation patterns. The cost associated with these appointments you will be financially reimbursed for.
When a single person or a couple is looking to purchase a donated egg they will have to contact a licensed medical fertility clinic. They will tell the doctor or other medical specialist what specifics they are looking for in the donated egg like race, genetics, and quantity of eggs available
Once the person or couple has found the right donated egg for them they will purchase that egg. After they have bought the egg than they can begin the process of fertilizing that donated egg. Many people or couples plan to use their own sperm to fertilize the donated egg or already have a sperm donor picked out.
Once the egg has been fertilized than a medical professional will implant the fertilized egg into the uterus of another woman. Many non-traditional families like same-sex couples or single men may have to use a surrogate due to them not having a uterus to conceive the baby.
After the fertilized egg has been implanted into a uterus the implantation will either be a success and the woman will be pregnant or the implantation will fail, that fertilized egg will be lost, and another implantation will need to be retried with another fertilized egg.
Who can Benefit From Egg Donation?
Egg donation is a complex procedure that involves many people and can benefit each person differently. Non-traditional families are some who greatly benefit from donated eggs. Same-sex couples and single parents all fall into the criteria of non-traditional families.
The person or couple buying the donated egg also can benefit from the fact that donated eggs can help them start or grow their family. When couples turn to egg donation to start their families they may not be physically able to conceive due to age, health conditions, or fear of genetic factors being passed down.
Egg donation has allowed same-sex couples to have biological children as well. Male same-sex couples who cannot naturally conceive a child can use one of the two partners’ sperm to fertilize the donor egg so that the child is partially related to the same-sex couple.
Single biological males can also benefit greatly from egg donation when wanting to start a family. Biological males do not have eggs, a uterus, or the ability to carry a pregnancy to term. Egg donation and surrogacy help these single males start biological families of their own without having the traditional family lifestyle.
The woman donating the eggs does financially benefits when they become an egg donor. The average financial compensation amount is approximately $7,000 to $8,000 for any qualified donor. Depending on certain qualifications and criteria the egg donor can receive up to approximately $14,000 for her donated eggs.
How Much Does it Cost to Buy a Donated Egg?
Donor eggs are available for purchase through a licensed fertility clinic. When looking to purchase an egg there are many different factors to consider like race, genetics, the number of eggs available, and the cost of purchasing the donated eggs.
The average cost of buying a single donated egg is approximately $25,000 for a fresh donated egg. That $25,000 is simply how much that single donated egg cost, not any other the other associated fees with pregnancy like hormone shots, implantation fees, medical check-ups, legal fees, and labor and delivery cost.
Some of the associated cost of buying a donated egg is because of the donor. To become an egg donor women must undergo months of medical treatments, sacrifice their own personal time and money to donate the egg. Part of the amount you will buy your donated egg will reimburse the donor for their time, and incentivize them to become an egg donor in the first place.
Egg donation is a medical procedure that has proven to benefit many different families across the world. The donor woman donating their eggs allow for other men, women, and families to experience the gift of carrying a child, having their own pregnancy, and biologically related children. Non-traditional families like single parents and same-sex couples who have struggled with adoption, starting their own family now can have children and experience the journey of pregnancy and childbirth. Contact Open Arms Surrogacy to learn more about how to become an egg donor, how to buy a donor egg, and grow your family today.