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Do You Fit the Requirements to Donate Eggs?
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Maybe you know someone who has struggled with fertility. Perhaps it’s a gay couple who can’t have kids on their own. Or you’ve talked to someone who has donated before

In any event, here you are wondering if egg donation is for you.

There is a lot of thought and consideration on our end when we look at egg donor applications. If you feel that this is something you’d like to do, here is a breakdown of our requirements to donate eggs.

Mental Health

Though we do our best to get a feel for if donors are prepared to donate through the initial screening process, Donors will eventually be asked to undergo an extensive psychological evaluation with our license psychologist. He will do a thorough examination to make sure you are mentally prepared to donate to a family trying to have a child.

You will eventually go through a genetic assessment as well with Dr. Gina Davis from Advocate Genetics. This evaluation will gather personal and family history in regards to physical and mental illness and look for any repeating patterns. It’s essential for the donor to be completely honest during these evaluations and to share as much information as possible.

Another reason for the evaluations is to make sure that the donor fully understands any long term psychological effects of her decision. This gift of life that egg donors offer is priceless, but there are some legal and personal boundaries that must be in place. A donor must have the cognitive skills to understand this important decision fully.

Physical Health

An egg donor must be physically healthy. Some physical requirements include:

  • Good height/weight ratio (BMI)

  • Regular menstrual cycles

  • No birth control implants

  • No drug use

  • Must not currently be on antidepressants or ADD medication. Past use for situational events where it was needed can be discussed, and is often okay!

We also ask for an extensive self reported medical history for you and your family. We look for a history of cancer, diabetes, or any congenital health problems. It is imperative that you are completely honest on this part of the evaluation as there may be hereditary conditions that could be passed on to the baby.

Personality Traits

Aside from having an inherently wonderful personality to pass on to the baby, you must have certain traits that will help you get through the process. The egg donation process can be challenging. Here are some of the characteristics that will help you have a positive experience.

Responsible

You must be able to keep appointments, stick to a strict calendar, and follow through with treatments. There will be a team of people who are depending on you to come through for them.

Open Communicator

If you have any issues or concerns, are you able to communicate them? Do you answer texts, voice mails, and emails promptly? Communication is essential -- especially when dealing the time-sensitive procedures.

Honest

We already discussed being honest on the pre-screening tests and evaluations. But honestly is also essential when dealing with the intended parents. Are you able to convey how you honestly feel about the arrangement? If the couple wants an open relationship, are you okay with that?

Brave

Giving yourself daily shots is not for the weak. However, the injectable needles are incredibly small. They are the size of a botox needle and most donors find the injectables to be incredibly easy to do.

Donors are strong women who are willing to be a little uncomfortable for the greater cause. Being a donor means being stretched beyond your comfort zone, but in return, you’ll be able to reap the reward of watching a beautiful family grow because of your donation.

Flexible

We’re not going to ask you to give up your life completely, but a little flexibility may be necessary. There will scheduled phone calls, clinical visits, and some travel may be required. We do our best to make it work with your timeline regarding school and work. However, a donor with great availability is a donor who will be matched quickly!

Selfless

If money is your only motivation, this may not be the right fit for you. And egg donor’s primary motivation is to find a couple they can help. They want to give the gift of life. A selfless mentality will be what gets you through the process.

We do our best at Elevate to ensure this will be a gratifying process for you. Take it from someone who has searched for an egg donor for years (me), it means the world to us that you are willing to offer some of your genetic material to someone like me who wants to offer a child the best life possible.

Educated

Our egg donors are  well-educated. You don’t have to have a 4.0 from an Ivy League school, but some education and professional accomplishments can help. Your education and work history will show know how to work hard to achieve your goals.

Physical Traits

At our agency, we represent all women who desire to be a donor regardless of race, religion or ethnic group. We are open to any donor who is interested in applying. As long as they pass the evaluations and meet Elevate criteria, we will do our best to find you the perfect match when looking for intended parents to donate to.

Donors of Asian, East Indian, or Jewish descent are always in highest demand. Other physical traits that seem to requested frequently include height and sometimes a specific eye color. It is important to remember that you are often being considered to help a family based on physical characteristic the parents already have.

If you happen to have physical traits that are in high demand, your compensation may be higher.

The Age Factor

While we love women of all ages, we only accept donors who are between 20 and 30.

Here’s why:

If you’re younger than 20, you may not be emotionally ready to make such a big decision. It’s also a physically taxing process once it starts. The medication, injections, and clinical visits can be a lot to handle. Not to mention, your adolescent body is still growing and changing. However, in special cases we will bring on a donor of 19 and work on getting her matched for when she turns 20.

If you’re 18, see us again in a few years.

If you’re older than 30, we hate to say it, but the quality and quantity of your eggs are declining. Women can still get pregnant and have children in their 30s, but studies show that the chance of having an embryo with abnormal chromosomes raises significantly after the age of 32.

In addition to the increased rate of defects, older women do not respond to hormone treatment as well as younger women. This could result in fewer eggs at the time of retrieval. And we want to give our intended parents the best possible outcome.

Do You Fit the Requirements to Donate Eggs?

Do you fit the requirements to donate eggs? Do you want to help a family who needs someone like you to get a family? If so, then start the application process today.

You never know -- there could be intended parents who are waiting to meet you.

All About the Eggs: How to Find the Perfect Donor Eggs

Hey! We’re Elevate Egg Agency and it’s nice to meet you.

If you’re here, it probably means you have already been on this baby-making-journey for some time. And now you’ve ended up here looking for an alternative way to build a family.  

Whether you’re a gay couple, an older couple, a health-compromised couple, or a maybe you’re not even part of a couple at all -- no matter your situation, we’re happy to have you. 

And we are going to help you find the perfect donor eggs.

Realistic Expectations

Finding the perfect egg donor can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing for a couple.  That being said, it is important for any intended couple to keep in mind that no one is practically perfect in every way -- except for Mary Poppins, of course.

You will need to decide what is most important such as:

  • Do you want the child to resemble you and your partner?

  • Is skin color, eye color, and hair color important?

  • What sort of personality traits will fit in best with your lifestyle?

  • Do you want the donor involved in the child’s life?

  • How important is IQ or education?

  • Is height and weight an important factor? 

Decide what is most important, then go from there.  But, you can be assured, we will try to get you everything on your checklist.

Physical Traits

Let’s start with physical traits. This is usually what couples first notice about an egg donor. It’s completely normal -- and very understandable --  that intended parents want their child to look like them. Couples will often look for egg donors who resemble themselves. Maybe they have the same coloring or the same build.  

Our donor database offers many girls to choose from who all have different physical characteristics. If you and your partner have light eyes, then find a donor who has light eyes as well. Whether you’re looking for a certain type of hair or your mother’s perfect nose, we can help you find them.  

Perhaps you are hoping for a basketball player to follow in your footsteps. There’s nothing wrong with finding a tall and athletic donor to increase those chances. Decide what the most important physical traits are and go from there.

Personality Traits and IQ

Think about the personality that will fit in best with your family. If you are a carefree couple who likes to travel, is it really that important that your donor graduated from Harvard Law School? 

Look for a donor who you’d like to hang out with. Maybe, someone, you could see being a friend. Find a donor who has personality traits that you are drawn to.  Do you have similar interests? Does she sound interesting? Would you want to get to know her better?  

Read the donor’s profile, see what she has to say and then trust your gut feeling. You’ll soon be able to tell which donors would be a good fit and which donors who wouldn’t.

Medical History and Mental Health

As part of the egg donor application process, egg donors are asked for an extensive medical history.  They must be clean of any STDs, be a nonsmoker, and pass a psychological evaluation.  

By the time you see them as an option, they have already been thoroughly screened by our agency to make sure they are fit for donation. 

That being said, there are some additional health factors you may want to consider.

Genetic testing will need to be done to see if the intended couple and the donor are carriers for any of the same genetic diseases or disorders. If so, this will increase the chances of the baby having some sort of disability. 

You may also want to make sure the donor has the same blood type as one of the intended parents. This may make donating blood to your child -- if they ever need it -- easier in the future. 

Has the Donor Donated Before?

Some couples prefer to use a donor who has previously donated eggs successfully. This proves that she tolerated the fertility drugs well and was able to provide a good amount of eggs for IVF

However, don’t rule out a first-time donor. A first time donor will have a lower compensation rate and the probability is high that a young donor will provide excellent results even in her first round of donating. 

There is no wrong decision, just decide what you and your partner are most comfortable with.

Unknown Vs Known

Now let’s focus on the long-term goals.  

There are different contracts that you can enter into with a donor. Some donors like to remain anonymous throughout the entire process.  The agency you work with will not share either party’s contact information at any time. She will donate her eggs, and then the deal is done.  

In other cases, some intended parents and donors can decide to have contact. Some choose to have limited interactions with each other through the process, while other couples allow the donor to be an active part of the child’s life. For example, they may decide to let the donor meet the child or share pictures. 

This is an extremely personal decision that you and your partner will need to decide together. Again, there is no wrong choice. Just whatever feels right.

The Perfect Donor Eggs

Trust us, the perfect donor eggs are out there and we’re here to help you find them. So don’t wait any longer. Let us help you on the next step of your journey: to finally get that little miracle you’ve been dreaming of.

Talking About the F-Word -- Fertility: What Your Diagnosis From the Fertility Doctor Really Means

This is a hard conversation to have, but unfortunately, it’s necessary.

You know, the conversation about the F-word -- Fertility. 

If you are struggling with infertility, we want you to know you are not alone. In fact, one in six men and women struggle with infertility at some point in their life. Also, ladies don’t blame yourselves. In couples who are unable to get pregnant, ⅓  is because of the woman, ⅓ is because of the man, and ⅓ is unknown.

 If you have recently received a diagnosis from the fertility doctor, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and confused. We’re here to explain what your diagnosis means, and what options there are to have that baby you are craving to hold.

Types of Infertility

Couples who have been trying to conceive for a year are encouraged to see a specialist. This isn’t to say you won’t ever get pregnant on your own, but it may be a sign that there is something amiss.

There are different degrees of infertility. It’s important to understand where you fit in.

Sub-Infertility

This is when a couple is less fertile than the average couple. If you are sub-fertile, it just means that you may have to try a little harder to get pregnant.

Issues such as a low sperm count in the male, or cysts on the woman’s ovaries can make it harder to get pregnant, but it could still happen.

You will need to decide if you want to be patient and “see what happens,” or if you are ready to find other means to have a baby.

Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is when a couple has already had one child, but they can’t get pregnant again. Or, they keep suffering from miscarriages.

This can be stressful in any relationship. There is an expectation that after one healthy pregnancy, another one should be possible. So when it doesn’t happen right away, it can be very frustrating,  

Fertility problems can arise at any time during your lifetime. Just because you had a baby in your 20’s doesn’t mean you will automatically be able to have a baby in your 30’s.

Permanent Infertility

This is when a couple has received the devastating news that they will not be able to conceive at all. This is when you should start looking into ulterior methods to have a family.

In any case, we urge you to seek a second opinion before making any final decisions.

Diagnosis From the Fertility Doctor

There are many different reasons why a couple is infertile. And sometimes it can take a while to figure out the complete picture. So, if it takes a few weeks to get a diagnosis from your fertility doctor, don’t stress.

Female Infertility

Female infertility can be caused by:

  • Age-related issues such a decreased ovarian reserve

  • Irregular or absent ovulation

  • Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Scarring of the Fallopian Tubes

  • Pelvic Adhesions

  • Endometriosis

  • Uterine fibroid

  • Clotting disorders

  • Recurring miscarriages

And unknown causes -- remember ⅓ of the cases may never be diagnosed.

Male Infertility

Male infertility can be caused by:

  • Azoospermia -- complete absence of sperm

  • Oligospermia -- low sperm count

  • Teratospermia -- abnormally shaped sperm

  • Congenital absence of the vas deferens

  • Genetic diseases or chromosomal abnormally

  • Prior vasectomy

  • Unknown causes

Fertility Treatment Options

If you or your partner have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, there are medical treatments you can try. Such as medications, artificial insemination, or invasive surgery.

If those don’t sound promising, we encourage you to look into an egg donation agency. Egg donation is best for women who have damaged or prematurely failing ovaries; who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation; older women with poor egg quality; or women who carry genetic disorders that they don’t want to pass along.

In egg donation, eggs are obtained from an egg donor. These women are screened and have to pass several evaluations in order to qualify.

Once the eggs are harvested, they can either be implanted into your own uterus or into a surrogate.

Don’t Lose Hope

If you have recently seen a fertility doctor and didn’t receive the news you wanted, there’s still hope.

We have helped many couples find the perfect egg donors and assisted them in their journey to grow a family.

So don’t hesitate to contact us. We get it -- we’ve been there. We understand this is a sensitive time and we want to be there for you. Every step of the way.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Egg Donation
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Imagine wanting nothing more than to carry a baby and being told by your doctor that you are not able to conceive due to failed ovulation.

Imagine being married to the love of your life but as a same-sex couple, having a baby on your own isn’t possible.

For many couples, this is their reality. Luckily we live during a time where scientific advancements have been made and modern medicine can step in and help. Egg donation is a complicated process. For it to work, many puzzle pieces have to come together. These pieces include intended parents, professional agencies, and a medical team of doctors, nurses, and specialists.

What’s the missing puzzle piece for a couple to have a baby? An egg donor. Read this guide for the top reasons why you should seriously consider egg donation.

It’s an Opportunity to Help a Couple

We don’t mean to sound cliche, but donating eggs is one of the most selfless acts a woman can do. We understand it’s a heavy decision, but when a woman decides to donate her own eggs to another couple, she is giving them the chance to have a family.

Now, instead of Imagining a couple in a state of grief, imagine them in a house full of tiny fingers and toes; endless giggles; and enormous amounts of love. This is what comes from egg donation: a chance for a beautiful family to grow.

Learn About Yourself

The general population is grossly uneducated when it comes to the female body. In a recent study, almost half of the women didn’t know where their vaginas were. I know, sad. But true. We live in a society where the topic of the female reproductive system is taboo. And we want to change that.

When a woman goes through the process of donating eggs, she will become educated in her own body and hormones. She will understand her own cycles and how amazing the female body is. Egg donors learn how to embrace their femininity and become proud of what the female body can do!

In addition to learning about the female reproductive system, egg donors will also have to have an extensive medical background check. This means that questionnaires will be done on their current health and the health of their relatives.

Learning how to embrace your body and understanding your genetic blueprint? Sounds like a win-win to me.

Become an Advocate

Advocating for egg donation can help other families find the help they need to start their own process. Egg donation is still a fairly new concept. And let’s be honest, the average person may shy away from the idea of using an egg donor.

But that comes from a lack of understanding. As an advocate for egg donation, you can guide other women through the egg donation process, and suggest couples use an egg donor agency to address their fertility issues.

By speaking up for egg donors, you can help others find the answers they are looking for.

Compensation

I mean, we don’t want to focus on the money, but being a donor does come with some financial perks.

By all means, there are other things to consider before signing the dotted line and becoming an egg donor, but the money doesn’t hurt. Many women use this money to pay off school, to get into their own apartment, or to become a little more independent.

And we are the only industry that can honestly say we pay women better than men. The wages are definitely in the woman’s favor this time around.

Egg Donation Makes a Lasting Impact

A woman may only donate her eggs once or twice, but the lasting impact of that is infinite. Imagine doing a good deed that literally lasts a lifetime. A woman’s decision to donate her eggs will bring lasting happiness and fulfillment to a family who will be forever grateful for her sacrifice.

We’re Here to Help

We get it, egg donation is a big decision. We’re here to answer any of your questions and to walk you through the process. We’ll be with you each step of the way.

We have a remarkable team that will make sure you are comfortable and confident in your decision. So let’s get started! You could be that missing puzzle piece for a family waiting for their special baby.