At the end of March one of the Friendly Debates with the Danielles was about being a surrogate mother. Another topic that falls close to that is egg donation and so today I have a guest post to share with you on that topic.
Infertility can be a devastating problem for many would-be parents. Fertility treatments are very expensive and the pain and anxiety caused by months of medications, uncomfortable procedures and hopeful waiting can really take an emotional and physical toll. One option that has become increasingly viable over the past several years is egg banking.
What is egg banking?
Egg banking is a process by which a healthy woman’s eggs are cryogenically frozen, either for personal use at some time in the future or for donation to a compatible recipient. Preserving eggs makes it possible for women to have greater control over their fertility – they can choose to start a family well after their “biological clocks” have stopped ticking – or to give the gift of a family to someone else.
Benefits of egg banking
Women that choose to preserve their eggs for personal use are able to postpone pregnancy until a time they deem suitable. This could be upon the completion of higher education, after establishing a career, after traveling or after engaging in activities that would be impossible to balance with family obligations.
Personal egg banking is sometimes recommended for young women suffering from certain types of cancer or serious medical issues that could impact fertility; freezing eggs is seen as a precautionary measure that will allow these women a greater chance of conceiving a child after their disease has been successfully treated. Recent developments in the field have translated to an increased likelihood of conception later in life for women who choose to use their own frozen eggs. Children conceived using personal egg banking rather than other methods, have a direct genetic link to their mothers, which is another very attractive option for many patients.
For egg donors, the benefits are a bit different. Many women who choose to donate their eggs have been personally affected by infertility through family or close friends. They may become deeply impacted by their loved ones’ struggles and decide to donate their eggs to help others facing the same ordeal. Some women, who don’t want to have children of their own, choose to donate their eggs simply so that someone else can realize their dream of a family. A number of women also pursue egg donation because of the financial gain that can be realized. Egg donation compensation can be pretty lucrative, which makes it appealing to many college students and young professionals just starting out. However, candidates must be willing to undergo a battery of physical, medical, psychological and genetic tests – not to mention treatments and harvesting procedures – so it’s not a decision that donors should take lightly, even if they’re primarily motivated by the money.
The impact of donating eggs
Fertility issues are no laughing matter for a couple. For some women, the only chance they have of realizing the dream of motherhood is to rely on the incredible compassion and generosity of egg donors. Healthy women who choose to donate their eggs to a banking facility not only help themselves financially, but they also give the precious gift of life and a family to someone who may have no other way of achieving that aim.