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Egg donors play a special role in assisted reproduction! Becoming an egg donor is both exciting and challenging. However, misconceptions and misinformation can lead to a lot of hesitancy for both donors and Intended Parents. There are also plenty of discussions on a larger scale around egg donation and surrogacy that are outright wrong! 

At Open Arms, we see how vital and incredible egg donors can be day in and day out for our families. Let’s debunk some common myths and shed light on the facts to help you make informed decisions on this incredible path to parenthood.

Myth #1: Age Doesn’t Matter for Egg Donors

Fact: Age is a crucial factor in egg donation. We understand that women of all ages can bear children, and we love hearing stories of successful geriatric births! However, surrogacy and egg donation cannot afford the same risks that personal birthing stories have. While fertility varies among individuals, younger donors typically have a higher likelihood of producing healthier eggs. At Open Arms, we prioritize selecting donors within the optimal age range of 21-29 years old to enhance the chances of a successful pregnancy. (To read our full list of qualifications for egg donors, click here!

Myth #2: All Egg Donors Are Anonymous

Fact: While some donors prefer to remain anonymous, many are open to different levels of contact with intended parents! We value transparency and also respect our egg donors throughout the process. We want our egg donors to choose the level of interaction that suits your comfort and preferences.

Myth #3: Egg Donation is Only for Infertile Couples

Fact: Egg donation is a viable option for various situations, including single individuals, same-sex couples, or those with genetic concerns. Our clinic is committed to providing inclusive and personalized solutions, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the joys of parenthood.

Myth #4: The Process is Complicated and Lengthy

Fact: While the egg donation process involves several steps, advancements in technology have streamlined procedures, making them more efficient. Our experienced team guides you through each stage, ensuring a smooth and well-managed journey towards building your family.

Myth #5: Egg Donors Have Limited Health Screenings

Fact: Ensuring the health and well-being of both donors and recipients is paramount. Our comprehensive screening process includes medical, psychological, and genetic evaluations, ensuring that only qualified and healthy donors are accepted into the program.

Myth #6: The Child Will Always Look Like the Egg Donor

Fact: While genetic traits play a role, the child’s appearance is a blend of genetic contributions from both the egg donor and the intended parent(s). Each child is unique, reflecting the diversity of their biological and familial heritage.

Myth #7: Egg Donation is Expensive and Inaccessible

Fact: We’re dedicated to making assisted reproductive technologies accessible to a wide range of individuals. We offer various financial options and support, ensuring that the cost of egg donation and surrogacy is manageable for those seeking to fulfill their dreams of parenthood.

Understanding the realities of egg donation is crucial for making informed decisions. Open Arms is here to guide you with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to helping you achieve your goal of building a loving family. If you’re looking to get started with the process of egg donation, learn more about what it entails


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