Donating eggs as a modern source of extra income and way of helping others
Egg donation is no longer a taboo and, with the growing number of couples who have problems conceiving, egg donation is spoken of in the society-wide discourse as a modern phenomenon. There are several aspects to egg donation. It helps infertile couple, and the donor also receives financial compensation. Being a donor entitles a woman to a free comprehensive examination of her state of health and genetic predispositions.
Who can donate eggs?
Reproductive clinics' requirements for donors differ in their details. According to the Gynem Fertility Clinic, eggs can be donated by women between the ages of 18 to 33 years who are physically and mentally healthy, have completed at least secondary education, have a normal BMI and have no sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, jaundice, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, etc.).
Any woman who meets these conditions can fill out a questionnaire on the website and come to the clinic for a non-binding consultation. At the clinic she undergoes a comprehensive gynaecological examination and a detailed blood analysis. If she is a suitable donor, the clinic includes her in the egg donation programme.
Women who are interested in IVF are also included in the waiting list, and are placed in a queue in chronological order based on the date on which they join the programme. If the applicant brings a donor to the clinic with her, she is immediately put in first place. Due to the strict rules for anonymity in the field of assisted reproduction, she will receive an egg from a different donor. The same applies to donors, who are guaranteed complete anonymity. If a woman herself does not want anyone to know about her donation, no one who she has not told herself will know about it.
How eggs are collected
Women selected for the programme are first given hormonal stimulation. This means that, before egg collection, donors must take hormones that trigger the production of eggs and improve their quality. According to Gynem, the scheduling and dosage of hormones is determined on an individual basis and based on previous examinations. During stimulation, it is necessary to undergo two checks, during which the development of the situation is monitored.
The collection of eggs itself takes about 10 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anaesthetic. There are, of course, risks involved when donating eggs, but these are similar to those for any other surgical procedure. After collection, the eggs are frozen and stored. There is also a variant in which collection takes place in parallel with the recipient's cycle. After the eggs are collected, they are fertilised. The sperm donor is either the partner on the day the eggs are donated, or frozen sperm are used.
How to choose a clinic for donating eggs?
A reliable assisted reproduction clinic with an established reputation and an experienced team of staff. Family and private establishments such as Gynekologie and IVF Gynem guarantee a quiet environment, a friendly approach and above-standard facilities. Internet discussions about clinics and egg donation provide a large amount of information. Independent users evaluate their experience with the clinic and why they chose a specific assisted reproduction centre. The price of egg donation is listed on the clinic's website.
Reputable facilities that specialise in IVF have laboratories with all the required certificates and accreditations. Thanks to state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, experts are able to determine the exact diagnosis and propose the most suitable solution.
Want to become an egg donor? Contact the Gynem Fertility Clinic.
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