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Over 7.4 million women in the United States alone have had to turn to infertility treatments or alternative methods of conception, according to the CDC statistics. The frustration and anguish caused by infertility is a heartbreaking cycle.  The answer can sometimes be found in finding egg donors for implantation, so that a couple can have a child of their own in these very difficult circumstances.

Egg Donors Needed

Is it possible to donate your eggs to bring a couple the joy of having children? This is a subject you don't hear much about or know where to turn for information if you feel called to do this. There are women whose ovaries produce unhealthy eggs, or don't produce at all and may therefore need the help of an egg donor in order to successfully bear children.

So, what are the steps involved in donating eggs and what is the compensation for doing so?

1) Choose a donation agency/program

To begin with, you need to carefully select the most suitable egg donation program or agency since there are surprisingly many different programs. You should not rush this part of your research. Also, several would-be parents are usually willing and able to facilitate your travel expenses and therefore your search should not be limited to your locality. The donor program you select will be responsible for facilitating the entire egg donation process from the beginning to the very end. You should therefore make sure you are absolutely comfortable with the agency you select as you will be spending a lot of time with the workers there.

2) Apply to the donor program
After you have identified your ideal donor program you need to make an application to them to be considered as a donor. Under normal circumstances, there are usually many people who apply to become donors. Your application will state your interest to become an egg donor and the agency will then list you among potential donors.

3) Undergo the screening process
After your application is accepted, you will undergo a thorough screening by the agency. The screening is important in profiling you and ensuring that you are in the right shape to donate an egg. Here, the staff will work closely with you and will explain to you what to expect and what the process and program requires. If you feel uncomfortable with the whole process, this is the stage to consider removing yourself from the program.

4) Wait for an inquiry

Once you have been profiled and certified as a qualified donor, the agency will add you to the list of potential donors where potential parents review approved candidates. This stage may last from a few days to several months. In some cases, the chance to donate may not even come. Potential parents usually choose the woman of their choice from the pool of all the women on the list. If they choose you, well and good. However, there are many people who need egg donors and chances of you being selected are very high.

5) Undergo medical checkups

You will then undergo a series of medical checkups to determine your suitability and readiness to donate. Some parents may fly you to their location in order to have you examined by their doctor. At this point, it is important that you seek clarification on how the medical information may be used. A couple of tests may be done including a pelvic examination, STI tests, ultrasound and many others. A psychological test may also be conducted to determine your mental preparedness for the procedure. This is usually for your own benefit. Note that if one or more of the tests do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be discontinued from the program.

6) Selection
If you pass the medical examination, you will be selected to donate. This is the stage where you sign your contract as well as get to know the obligations of the parents. Your mode of payment will be discussed to ensure everything is set before the procedure. Legally, the parents are supposed to meet all the expenses of the process including all travel expenses. At no point should you spend any of your own money.

7) Process of Egg Donation. For complete details on the process for egg donation click here.

8) Receive Compensation: The compensation for egg donation ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. Egg donation is a complicated and painful procedure which may consume a lot of one’s time. This explains the large amount of money involved in the form of compensation.

Typically a percentage of the funds are given to the donor at the beginning of the process. After the procedure is completed, full compensation is given. The average compensation is around $7000. In other instances, this figure may rise depending on the agency and also on the parents.

These procedures and extraordinary measures are obviously not for everyone, however they do make possible that which would otherwise be impossible for the recipient couples.

Get more great information on donating eggs here.  There is also a helpful directory for finding organizations that coordinate egg donation.

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