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Answers to Top Concerns Prospective Parents Have about Egg Donation

With the experience of being former egg donors and intended parents themselves, the staff members at Egg Donor America are well-versed in the egg donation process. In our work with future parents, we’ve realized that even though they seem very excited to begin the process toward parenthood, they still may have some lingering reservations about one or two questions they just can’t get past – and this is very normal. Using an egg donor may not have been your first choice, but our egg donation program is an excellent method for building your family – this is true regardless of whether or not a female partner carries the child herself or uses a surrogate carrier. Below, Egg Donor America has compiled a brief list of three of the top concerns prospective parents have about egg donation and along with the answers that address these concerns.

Will the baby feel like mine?

Yes, your baby will “feel” like your baby. Women in particular are often concerned about whether or not the baby will feel like theirs when they are pregnant and/or post-birth. However, the fact is, it won’t matter about whether or not you used an egg donor, or even a surrogate carrier – your baby is your baby. When he or she is born, you will become a parent. It’s normal to worry about this – after all, most people grow up assuming that when they are ready to have a family they will simply be able to do so. But when infertility issues arise or in the case of LGBT family building, other methods of creating a family are needed. This is why Egg Donor America’s primary goal is to make the process of choosing an egg donor as simple and straightforward as possible, so when you and your partner are ready to select an egg donor, you’ll be able to do so without issue.

Are egg donors only used for older women? What if I’m in my 20’s or 30’s?

No, egg donors are not only used for “older women”. It’s true that women who are in their mid-thirties and older may be more likely to need an egg donor to have a child, but women in their twenties and early thirties may also require a donor’s help. There are a variety of infertility issues that affect younger women. These infertility issues may include Premature Ovarian Failure, injury to reproductive organs, unexplained infertility, and more. Luckily, egg donation is often a viable option for women who are unable to use their own eggs to have a child.

Could my egg donor be exploited? How do I know she understands her role?

The egg donors of Egg Donor America are fully aware of their role as an egg donor and what this role consists of. We ensure that our donors are prepared for each and every step of the egg donation process through use of several screening tests that are all designed to confirm that the egg donor and her eggs are healthy, and that she is emotionally ready for her role. Egg donor screenings include a fertility screening, a medical screening, a genetic screening, and a psychological screening. The psychological screening in particular is required to ensure that all egg donors fully understand the process and that their motivations are appropriate.

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