What It’s Like To Be An Egg Donor? – Maya’s Story

The reasons behind the motivation to donate one’s eggs differ for every woman. However, the substantial cash reward at the end of this lengthy process motivates many females to sign up. This is what encouraged me.

The prospect of earning $10,000 in a single month just by donating some of my eggs seemed very simple and justifiable. After researching a few IVF agencies or egg donation agencies, I pursued one with a sound reputation. On the clinic’s site, I completed a form that asked some interview-type questions and submitted some photos of myself along with the form. Soon afterward, I was contacted by an amiable woman from the clinic for an interview.

At the appointment, a medical and personal history investigation was launched. Answers to every possible question were sought, such as:

  • My SAT score.
  • The cause of death of my paternal grandfather.
  • My use of psychoactive substances.
  • Whether I’ve tested positive for an STD?
  • Am I sexually active? Etc.

There was also a psychological evaluation, genetic blood workup, and physical exam. All these expenses were covered by the clinic (and eventually paid for by the recipient). After a complete application was generated, my name became part of a database where hundreds of females had also agreed to egg donation. This is when you have to wait. Prospective parents considering IVF will peruse the profiles available, and if they like yours, you will be contacted. Luckily for me, less than a month went by before the clinic contacted me.

The moment I learned that a couple was interested in my profile, the gravity of my decision started to sink in. When I visited the clinic, the legal process and ramifications were explained to me. This was quite daunting as I did not understand “lawyer speak.” Step by step, I was taken through a legal contract that outlined the legal boundaries of me donating my genetics. A clause in this contract states, “I will be at fault for damages should I back out too late in the process.” This raised some alarms for me, but I signed off on all the documents anyway.

When the process started, I visited the clinics every day for hormone checks and blood drawing sessions. Every night, I would inject myself in the buttocks with Menopur and Follistim. Apart from a few mood swings and some bloating, I didn’t experience too much discomfort. A few weeks after the injections, my ovaries were prepared with egg-filled follicles. The doctor inserted a hollow needle via my cervix and into my ovaries at the retrieval procedure, where he suctioned out some eggs. The procedure lasted for around 45 minutes. I was asked to wait for a few hours in a recovery room before returning home. I experience some heavy bouts of nausea (which they say is quite normal).

Two days after the retrieval, I went for a follow-up appointment, after which I was released from my donor duties with my financial reward.

Looking back, although my primary motivation for signing up for this was monetary, I feel satisfied that I was able to help a couple experience the joys of parenthood. I sometimes think about the “child” who is half biologically mine but legally completely someone else’s. But with time, these thoughts also dissipate.

The entire experience was empowering. I would recommend women should thoroughly research the process and clinic before committing to it.

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