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How to Become an Egg Donor

Posted Nov 30 2012 12:00am
Guest Post by David Cooper

Recently, female egg donation  has been on the rise. According to a recent CNN report, one of the reasons for this increase in popularity is rising college tuitions. 

The average cost of a 4-year college education these days can range anywhere from $30,000 to more than $100,000. According to the CNN exposé, the average family reports that they are only on track to meet 30 percent of their college savings goals. This combined with the high-employment economy means that more hopeful students are turning to less conventional ways to make money to cover college loans and tuition, including trips to the fertility clinic.

Fertility clinics offer the average female college student anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 for an egg donation. Most clinics allow as many as four donation cycles, implying that a female could potentially earn anywhere from $16,000 to $40,000 from egg donations. 

However, there is a slight catch. A female can't just decide to become egg donor . First, she must meet the qualifications for egg donation. 

Although they differ slightly from one fertility clinic to another, in general female college students already meet the primary requirement of being between the ages of 18 and 34. In addition, she must:

  • Be psychologically and physically healthy with body mass index between 18 and 29.
  • Be a non-Smoker with no history of substance abuse.
  • Have both functioning ovaries.
  • Experience regular menstrual periods without using contraception (birth control).
  • Not be currently using of psychoactive drugs.
  • Have not received any tattoos, body piercings, or blood transfusions within the past year.
  • Have no family history of inheritable genetic disorders.

If a female fits the description, then she can begin the egg donation process. However, egg donation is a serious commitment - something many college-aged females may not be quite ready for.
First, there are a series of interviews and medical tests to match the donor with a recipient. After a match is made, the egg donation cycle can be initiated. 

The cycle takes approximately one month. Within that month, the donor will have to inject herself with hormonal medications in addition to frequent visits to the fertility clinic to monitor the cycle's progress. Once the eggs are ready for ovulation, egg retrieval can be performed. 

Although the cycle prep and duration may be long, the process only requires one day of rest following the egg retrieval. Also, there are no physically harmful side effects of egg donation. In general, a female can continue on with her normal daily activities during the egg donation cycle, making this a prime method of making money for many college students.
Egg donation, wether it be to an infertile woman, couple, or fertility clinic, can be both emotionally and financially fulfilling. Females must keep in mind that donating an egg is a serious commitment, and should not be taken lightly. 

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