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Understanding the Pros and Cons of Egg Donation
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You know what they say: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Becoming an egg donor is a big decision, and chances are you’ve done some research online. The problem is there are a lot of voices out there spewing statements that aren’t true.

 Not sure what to believe? We’re here to set the record straight. 

If you’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, here’s the ultimate list of pros and cons of egg donation written by those who have experienced it for themselves.

Pros of Egg Donation

Changing Lives

Not to put it lightly, but egg donation changes lives. For the better. The intended parents we work with want nothing more than to have a baby. They have already dealt with heartache, long-suffering, and failed fertility treatments. They just need one major piece to the puzzle: a donor egg.

This is where you can come in. By donating your eggs, you are giving them the family they have always wanted. 

Compensation

Trust us, we know you’re not here for the money, but it’s still important to talk about it. Egg donors earn anywhere from $18,000 to $30,000 per egg donation. While that may not be enough to retire on, it is enough for you to get a jump-start on your goals and dreams.

And speaking of compensation, some donors can receive extra cash for their donations. Women who are of Jewish, Indian, or Asian descent are in high demand and intended parents are usually willing to pay more for their eggs.

Full Health Screening

Egg donation is a highly regulated industry. This means the donor must go through rigorous screenings before they are approved to become donors. 

These screenings include testing for common sexually transmitted diseases, common genetic disorders, and an analysis of your family history. There will also be a psychological evaluation. 

We can promise you that after your health screening, you will have a better idea of your overall health. 

No Long-Term Effects

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, or ASRM, there are no studies that show any long term effects for those who donate eggs. This includes infertility issues, cancer, or premature menopause. 

So be assured, donating your eggs to a family in need, will not decrease your own chances of having a healthy baby of your own. 

Procedure is Simple

Some women would donate in a heartbeat but are afraid of the procedure. 

Egg Retrieval is a 20 to 30-minute outpatient procedure that is done under light sedation. You’ll be asked to take it easy for the rest of the day, and then you’ll be up and running again in no time. 

Cons of Egg Donation

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we believe in being upfront and transparent with our clients. So, here is a list of drawbacks when it comes to egg donation. 

The Process Can Be Involved

While the egg retrieval procedure itself if quick, there is some prep work that needs to be done prior.

Often our egg donors will commit, then end up waiting to be matched with intended parents. This is totally normal, but it does make it hard for us to tell you exactly when your egg retrieval will be. 

It may take some patience until the right couple has found their perfect donor. Once a match has been made, the donor will be required to take medication, have regular check-ups, and finally, start the injections. 

During this time, we ask the donor to be flexible and accommodating, as this often requires a little bit of travel. But, of course, the donor is always compensated for her time. 

Side Effects

As with any medical procedure, there is always the chance of some side effects. Side effects vary from donor to donor. Some experience nothing, with other experience some. Here are some side effects that you may experience:

  • Bloating

  • Moodiness

  • Cramping

  • Aching

  • PMS-like symptoms

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Hot flashes

  • Breast Tenderness

One more side effects to be aware of is there is a higher chance of getting pregnant with multiples. This is because fertility drugs were involved, and there is a chance that not all the eggs were retrieved. 

So be extra careful if you decide to be sexually active during or after the egg donation procedure.

Psychological Difficulty

While most women to donate their eggs do so to help a family, it can still create some anxiety when they face the thought of contributing to the birth of a child. 

This is why we take our psychological evaluations very seriously. We only accept donors who fully understand what it means to donate their eggs to a family in need. 

No Guarantee

While we have come a long way with advanced screenings, over-stimulation of the ovaries, and genetic testing, there is always a chance that the eggs that are retrieved are unusable. 

We take every precaution possible, but just like anything else in life, there are no guarantees. 

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Egg Donation

We make sure that every person we work with understand the pros and cons of egg donation.  We believe that if everyone is informed and educated correctly, they will be able to make the best decision possible.

If you are thinking of becoming an egg donor, come check us out so we can put your mind at ease. After all, it’s best to get all the right answers from the real experts.

Compensation Nation: All About Egg Donor Pay
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Egg donor pay has some controversy around it. Should egg donors with more desirable physical traits or higher test scores be compensated more? The ASRM guidelines are that donors should not compensated more than $10,000. 

However, egg donor compensation pay is still an open market. Some years ago, the legal system tried to regulate how much an egg donor can be paid for performing an egg donation. The egg donors unified and came back stating that no legal system can dictate how much they are compensated for offering their eggs to another couple. 

And the egg donors won. Because girl power.

The truth is, intended parents want to compensate you for the ultimate gift you are offering them. This is their way of giving back to you in hopes that this monetary amount also helps you on your own journey in life. 

Here’s an in-depth look at why compensation is necessary for an egg donor:

Part Timer

Becoming an egg donor will require part of your time. Most donors find that the time commitment is only more intense surrounding the few days around the actual egg retrieval. 

Initially you’ll undergo a psychological evaluation and a genetic assessment. These are your ticket items in to meet your wonderful IVF physician. The first meet and greet is just a one day trip to have ultrasounds performed on your ovaries and have some blood work done.

When medications are shipped to your home, you’ll start them there. The doctor will bring you close tot he clinic to monitor your for the days surrounding your retrieval. Egg donor pay is in large part to compensate you for the time you are offering to your intended parent.

This helps make up for lost work wages too. A donor deserves egg donor pay as she invests part of her time in her match.

A Bit of Commit(ment)

Egg donation is not for women with commitment issues. Donors have to be fully committed and show complete follow through once they are matched. Donors who pull out at the last minute or after intended parents have spent thousands of dollars on their evaluations and blood work can create some substantial emotional and financial stress on a couple going through IVF. 

Your egg donor pay is partly to compensate you for your commitment to the process which is invaluable. It is a gift given you in return for showing up to each appointment, evaluation, and committing your heart to helping someone fulfill their dream of building a little family. 

The Travel Channel

Many donors will need to travel to the IVF clinic that the intended parents have chosen. At Elevate, we only partner with the best IVF clinics and doctors in the nation. We carefully select and choose those with great protocols for caring for an egg donor’s health. 

Because some of the best clinics are located in different parts of the country, it sometimes requires some travel for the donor. Many egg donors see this as an exciting part of their journey. You are entitled to a companion, flights, a lovely hotel, and per diem for you and your guest as you stay close to your IVF doctor so they can monitor you religiously and care for you.

Your egg donor pay goes to cover an inconvenience having to travel away from your home sweet home may cause. But we also hope you have some good meals out in a great city, and enjoy your stay!

Generous Genetics

The truth is, not everyone feels excited about parting with their genes and donating them to others. Those women who do so are truly selfless, giving, beautiful souls who deserve fantastic egg donor pay. 

As you give some of yourself away to assist those who can’t conceive on their own, you will find it to be one of the most fulfilling things you can do for another. Egg donation is the ultimate gift. You are compensated with egg donor pay because of your willingness to be so generous with your genetics. 

Body Beautiful 

In egg donation, you will self administer (with the help of an expert nurse) small injectable hormones that are naturally occurring in your body. These are in amplified amounts to stimulate your resting follicles so your ovaries create more than one egg at a time.

Every clinical study has shown that egg donation is a safe and healthy process. The hormones are all FDA approved. Furthermore, at Elevate we have never had a donor experience hyper stimulation (the most common risk in donating). We partner with great establishments who care for you as well as we do.

However, there will be times that you are perhaps a little uncomfortable or feel some bloating. You will be asking your physical self to do something that it has not before. While 99% of donors experience little to no side affects, you are still committing your body to the process and should be compensated for doing so. 

We Believe in Elevated Egg Donor Pay

At Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we believe in egg donor pay. We believe any woman who is willing to donate to a family in need should be compensated for her time, commitment, flexibility with travel and her psychical offering during her cycle.

We work hard to ensure you are satisfied with the gift you’re given in return from your lovely intended parents. While we know it is not your reason for donating, it is certainly a wonderful aspect of egg donation.

It’s the big “THANK YOU!” from those whose lives you will have changed forever. We support egg donor compensation and during an in-depth discussion with you, we will decide on what you’d like your egg donor pay to be. 

When you’re ready to change a life and give the ultimate gift, click here to schedule a consultation with us.