Becoming a parent is a life-long dream for a lot of people. Sadly, some couples go through the heartache of struggling to conceive naturally and make the decision to try treatments such as IVF. If you would like to help couples to achieve their dream of becoming parents, you can be placed on the national donor’s register to donate your eggs for IVF. However, the process of donating eggs can be both mentally and physically strenuous, and there are some things you should consider before making your final decision. Here are some things you should know when becoming an egg donor.
You must fit the physical criteria
Potential donors are required to pass the FDA medical screening before joining an egg donor database. There are also specific other screening requirements that you must fulfill, which include being a non-smoker and drug user, STD free, between a specific age range, and of average height and weight. Going by these guidelines, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and are physically healthy, you should satisfy the criteria for becoming a donor.
A donation cycle is physically and mentally strenuous
Before beginning your donation, you will be required to take medication to stop your natural menstrual cycle. This medication can cause side effects like headaches, fatigue, and hot flushes. You will then begin your egg donation cycle with the nightly self-administration of hormones to stimulate your ovaries, which can cause bloating and discomfort. This is followed by egg donation surgery, which involves a transvaginal ovarian aspiration to remove eggs from the donor’s ovaries. You should be prepared for this lengthy donation process and the toll it will take on you both physically and mentally.
There is a risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
During the donation process, the body takes on a lot of hormones to stimulate egg growth, and this can lead to OHSS, a condition that occurs when too many eggs develop in the ovaries. Symptoms often begin within a week of using injections and can include abdominal bloating, tenderness in your ovaries, and persistent nausea and vomiting. Although this condition is rare, it can potentially be dangerous, so make sure you immediately visit the ER should you experience any symptoms.
Income gained from donations is taxed at the highest amount
Many donors are attracted by the possibility of earning a bit of extra cash while helping other people achieve their dream of parenthood. However, bear in mind that money earned through egg donations is classified as miscellaneous income by the IRS, on a par with lottery winnings. As such, it is taxed at the highest amount possible. So, your primary motivation for donating eggs should be to help others rather than making easy money.
You will help couples become parents
If you are a mother yourself, you will recognize the joy that children bring. Sadly, some couples struggle to conceive naturally; your egg donation will help couples achieve their dream of starting a family.