2 years ago I started donating my eggs to couples who wanted to have kids but otherwise couldnt. It was actually a hard decision to make because I wasnt sure how I would feel about giving a part of me to some random person I had never met before. These fertility institutes are smart though, they have you meet with a psychiatrist for your first donation cycle to make sure you are emotionally/mentally ok with the whole process. I realized that any child that came from the donation wouldnt really be mine, my child is 1/2 me and 1/2 my husband. I realized that you know what, I may not be ready to have kids but there are some couples out there that want to have a baby so desperately but for some horrible reason cant have a child on their own, but have decided to take on the incredibly difficult journey of invitro. I have to say the whole process, from being chosen by a couple because I either look like them or have the same blood type or am incredibly smart (ok so that last part is my wishful thinking but I can count it right) was really rewarding and pretty easy on my part (which I will explain in a few). I havent openly talked about this before because I feel like people will judge me for giving away 1/2 of myself to someone I dont even know. But the more people who have found out and asked me about it the more I find that people are genuinely interested in the whole process.
(My friend gave me this giant egg cell for Christmas, I though it was cute so its on my desk at work)
Some side notes---as the eggs get bigger you will feel super bloated so watch out for that. I needed my husband to give me the shots because I cant do that to myself so you may need help. Different agencies do things differently so make sure you feel comfortable with the agency you choose. Oh and ok probably the best part is the financial aspect. The agency I went with paid $5000 each time (not taxed, so remember to put away money to pay taxes on that when April 15 comes around) but other agencies are different but keep in mind legally agencies are not allowed to pay more than $10000 per donation. Individuals may pay more but Im not so sure I would trust an individual over a credited agency. There is some disagreement on how many times you can donate but I have heard 6-10 with 10 being the complete total max. The agency I went with only allowed 6 so keep that in mind.
I think I covered about everything I cant think of, but as always if you want to know more please contact me and i would love to talk to you more about it. I hope I helped some of you make a decision to help some couples out there. The way I see it, if the couple goes to all this trouble financially and emotionally then I think they can handle a baby and will love it so much, probably more than I am capable of right now. If this post accomplished anything I hope that it was I opened more people up to the idea of donating to help a couple who desperately wants a baby.
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