After graduating from college, I was restless and unsure of what my next step should be. Family and friends told me how proud they were of me for finishing school, but I thought, what’s the big deal? It led to me think about my life and things I accomplished thus far. I compiled a mental list of things that I could say I was truly proud of, and came up very short-handed.
With school out of the way, I knew I needed to find a job. I scoured Craigslist and found very few jobs that excited and/or inspired me. It was there I stumbled upon a listing for egg donors. I had heard of the process before, but had never looked into it or thought of participating. But with absolutely nothing on my plate, I thought, hey, this could be a cool adventure. I have no obligations holding me back, and I DO have bills to pay. I bet no one will want my eggs anyway!
But what started on a whim ended up being one of the best things I’ve ever done. Yes, there are needles and a minor surgery involved, but the temporary pain is far outweighed by the gratitude and care expressed by the receiving couple and the West Coast Fertility staff. Imagine that a month or so of your time may result in a LIFETIME of love for a dedicated couple that desperately wants something everyone should have the choice to experience—to be a parent.
It’s definitely not an easy process, but when you are being led the whole way by the truly wonderful staff at West Coast Fertility, you have very little to be afraid of. You’re not just another appointment or number here; you can feel that they want to develop a relationship with you, and they always have your best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that I was matched with this particular clinic. There’s not enough good I can say about the people I got to work with and the experience I went through. It would have never been the same, never been as good if I ended up somewhere else. I now have something I can be truly proud of for the rest of my life, and hopefully a couple out there will have a baby to love for the rest of theirs.
What is Egg Donation?
Many couples who want to have children find it difficult or impossible to conceive because of certain medical conditions such as advanced maternal age. In such cases, egg donation has enabled women whose ovaries do not produce enough healthy eggs, to become pregnant using healthy eggs from an egg donor.
Becoming an Egg Donor
If you apply to become an egg donor, you will be providing the gift of life to women who desperately wish to have their own children. Donor candidates must schedule several office visits with us before they may be accepted to our program. These visits will include a complete…
- Physical and gynecological exam
- Medical and family history
- Blood and urine tests
- Psychological evaluation
You will also be informed by a program coordinator about your rights and responsibilities before being considered for egg donation. You must read a detailed informed consent and verbalize your understanding of the egg donation process. You will also be compensated for your time and commitment.