Good Question. In short, people facing infertility challenges, cancer survivors, married couples, members of the LGBTQ community, singles and many others need egg donors. In an ideal world, making a baby is a decision between two consenting adults. Sex is meant to be an intimate and tender occurrence. When you struggle with infertility, making a baby is not a private affair anymore; it is a stressful, scientific experience now shared with receptionists, doctors, nurses, drug
companies and ultrasound technicians. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.
Infertility is still somewhat of a taboo topic, but it’s certainly not rare. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 12 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 have difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term — which is almost one out of every eight women/couples. It is difficult to describe the desperate feeling a person/woman/couple feels when told there have infertility issues and overwhelming when presented with the options for treatment. The process is long, exhausting, emotional and takes its’ toll on the woman and marriage both physically and emotionally.
For most women, they do not realize there are infertility concerns until months after trying to conceive. And more often than not, women are waiting later in life to conceive choosing to focus on career first. This only adds to the challenges as a woman’s ability to conceive diminishes greatly as we age – especially by the age of 30. But after months of trying, often experiencing multiple miscarriages, couples are faced to choose between the alternatives such as medications, IVF, IUI’s, egg donation, surrogacy and/or adoption.
Egg donation is a safe, minimally invasive process that provides intended parents with a viable option for conceiving. Egg donation is the process by which a woman donates eggs for purposes of assisted reproduction. Egg donation typically involves in vitro fertilization technology (IVF), with the eggs being fertilized in the laboratory; or, unfertilized eggs may be frozen and stored for later use. Egg donation is a third party reproduction as part of assisted reproductive technology (ART).
A woman’s life is officially changed forever the minute they are told of their infertility challenges. A new era starts – one filled with infertility treatments, medications, regularly doctor appointments not to mention the feelings of worry, failure, fear and despair. A reproductive endocrinologist’s office becomes their home away from home. Couples often spend years trying to conceive on their own, years filled with multiple IUI’s, IVFs, embryo testing, miscarriages and so on.
They also face the social challenges of watching their friends and families easily conceive, being invited to baby showers, baptisms, kid’s birthday parties – each a small reminder of how this excitement is not and may not ever happen for themselves. All of a sudden, something that we often take for granted is so uncertain. Yet, there is hope in egg donation and it is an incredible successful option for couples to consider. Egg donation can complete the missing piece in their pregnancy struggles and provide them with the family they desire.
The World Egg Bank has been freezing unfertilized eggs from generous egg donors across the United States for over 20 years. We are one of the early pioneers in the field and have perfected a process both scientifically and personally with the donors. We currently have over 400 donors who have donated their eggs to couples desperate to start a family and in each instance, TWEB treats the donors with the respect and gratitude deserved.
In the United States, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has issued guidelines for these procedures, and the FDA has a number of guidelines as well. There are boards in countries outside of the US who have the same regulations. At TWEB, we excel in the directed standards going above and beyond to be able to provide our intended parents with the absolute perfect gift we all strive to provide.
For more information on how to become an egg donor and to give the gift of life to a couple trying to conceive, visit www.theworldeggbank.com/donors. Donors are generously compensated for their time and TWEB is available throughout the entire process to answer questions, provide comfort and guide the donor wherever requested. Donating eggs can be a rewarding and remarkable experience – one that will last a lifetime and change lives.