Egg donation is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It started off with a simple interest. I’ve always loved helping people and thought this would be a great way to do so. I spoke with my husband to see his thoughts on this and he and I both agreed that this could be an incredible experience.
I applied to Donor Nexus and within the month got an email letting me know they found me a match! I was ecstatic! I did my psychological screening and my medical screening. I was so nervous to see what the results may yield. It only took about an hour to complete each screening, but I had to wait a few weeks for my medical screening results.
Once I got the news that I passed, I was then able to move on to legal contracts. I was provided a lawyer who went over everything in detail with me. I got everything signed and began my medications. I must admit that I was nervous about this. I wanted to be sure I did everything perfectly. I had to self-administer injections for a total of three weeks before they did the retrieval. The only thing I can recommend is to be sure you keep good communication with your coordinator regarding medications and syringes. It’s better to give them notice and get what you need than to not realize until you’re completely out.
Then came the big day! I had no idea what to expect. This is considered surgery and it definitely feels like a real surgery. I was in a surgical room with a gown, cap and little booties. They put in an IV and the anesthesiologist came in to explain that they give me a medication that will put me to sleep for a very short period of time, but is very strong. I was told the procedure only takes about 15 minutes. I woke up a little later and my husband came into the recovery room to be with me, which was so comforting. I woke up for about 30 min, had some food and liquid, and was able to go home.
The doctor let me know my results right away, so I was ecstatic everything went so perfectly! 29 eggs! It was better than I could have hoped. I know this will give the intended parents a very good chance of creating their baby. I haven’t found out the results of the intended mothers transfer yet, but I am really hoping for success. I truly feel like I will be making a difference in the world. I plan to do another egg donation in the future and hope to help create more families.