What are the Requirements of Being an Egg Donor?
If you’re a hopeful intended mother or hoping to help out a loved one build their family via gestational surrogacy, you’ve likely begun your research as to how you can donate your eggs. When it comes to egg donation, you’ll find all sorts of information on the internet. While everything can be extremely educational, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That, and it can be challenging to know what to believe and not.
Not to worry! Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has you covered! In order to let you know the requirements of being an egg donor are, we’ve put together this resource for you. In it, you will learn Nevada-specific requirements and what you can expect when you decide to donate your eggs.
As a general rule, once you hit the age of 18, you are seen as an adult. You’re legally able to vote, enlist in the armed forces, sign contracts without your guardian, etc. Surely, then, you should be able to donate your eggs once you’re 18, right?
Unfortunately, in the state of Nevada, unless you’re 21 years or older, you cannot become an egg donor. This is not only to ensure that you can reproduce healthfully, but also that you’re prepared for the commitment that is egg donation.
Much like with potential gestational carriers, hopeful egg donors must meet a series of health requirements, both physical and mental, in order to continue on to the next step. Some of these requirements are:
You must have a healthy BMI. A BMI -- or Body Mass Index -- is used to calculate your body’s mass in relation to your height. If your BMI is especially high, or especially low, you’re unlikely to be chosen to become an egg donor.
Regular periods each month. Having a consistent menstrual cycle each month is a strong signal that your fertility health is exactly where it needs to be. It helps rule out any reproductive issues that accompany irregular periods such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). If you’re a hopeful egg donor, and find yourself falling under the “irregular periods” category, get in touch with your fertility doctor and ask about your options.
Psychologically healthy. This is an extremely important step that you’ll have to take in order to become an egg donor. The reason it’s so important? It’s mostly for your health. When you donate your eggs, you’re injected with hormones. If you’re on antidepressants, the mixture of the two drugs can be harmful. Another reason that having a clean bill of psychological health is so important to egg donation? You need to pass a psychological screening test.
Must be a non-smoker. This one is pretty self-explanatory, and will pop up on every egg donor requirement’s list. It’s no secret that smoking is terrible for you, just in general. It doesn’t seem like there’s any part of your body that isn’t affected by smoking. What may surprise you to hear is that smoking also has a negative impact on your reproductive system. Obviously, when you donate your eggs, you’ll want the highest-quality that your body can provide. This helps ensure that when the eggs are used in the gestational surrogacy process, the chances of success are high.
No history of genetic disorders. Like the non-smoker requirement, this one probably doesn’t surprise many. If your family has a long history of genetic disorders like Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, then your egg donation application will very likely be denied. As we mentioned above, your eggs will need to be as healthy as they can possibly be. Any chance of potential health problems later on in the baby’s life are chances that are simply too big to take. This is especially true for those who have been struggling to conceive for a while.
Requirements for Being an Egg Donor
Overall, whether you’re looking to donate your eggs for a family member or a friend, or you’re wanting to use your own eggs for a gestational carrier to use, you want to provide the healthiest and strongest samples you can. Remember that there may be some requirements that appear a bit odd to you. Take the time to research what your state laws and what local fertility clinics require. Find the clinic that most lines up with what you are looking for.
Were there any egg donor requirements listed here that you hadn’t expected to see? Anything you think is missing? Let us know in the comments section! If you’re ready to get started on your leg of the gestational surrogacy journey, feel free to get in touch with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. We’re always happy to help you in any way we can, and can be contacted through email, our messaging system on our website, and through social media.
As always, be safe and be well, friends!
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