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Women Earning A College Degree Through Fertility Egg Donation

Women Earning A College Degree Through Fertility Egg Donation

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Cash-strapped college women with top test scores and Girl Next Door looks are being sought after by fertility clinics. Advertisements in campus newspapers, community papers and city popular entertainment newspaper have ads with bold headlines saying "Egg Donors Needed. $10,000" We've all seen them and wondered if the ads were real.

The truth is that the ads are genuine. But there are good reasons why they're paying so much.

Donors typically are 18 to early 30 years in age and they must pass medical and psychological tests before brokers and clinics shop their information among prospective parents.

Clinics look for very specific physical and mental attributes Donors take hormone-boosting shots for about a month to stimulate production. Ten to fifteen eggs are extracted through a minor surgery.

Why do ‘wanna be’ parents buy eggs?

Fertile women ovulate approximately once a month. During this time of the month, an egg (or two) travels out of an ovary and down the fallopian tube to the uterus. It attaches itself to the uterine wall and eventually turns into a baby if it was fertilized. There are many women out there who are perfectly healthy and are physically capable of ovulating, except there is one problem: no eggs. So these women often seek out egg donors. The doctor removes your egg, fertilizes it with the father's sperm, and surgically implants it into the new mother's uterus, where it grows into a fetus and 9 months later a healthy bundle of joy is born.

Why would a woman not have eggs of her own?

There are several reasons this happens. Perhaps she lost her eggs due to chemotherapy, disease, menopause, or genetic abnormalities such as being born without a uterus. In the US, approximately 2% of women of reproductive age are infertile, and receiving donated eggs fertilized in a lab by their partner's sperm can offer as much as a 65% chance of pregnancy. Naturally, the success rate for this method depends on many factors, including the age and health of the egg donor.

Most sought after donors

Age - Woman in peak reproductive years between 21 - 35 years of age. On average, most advertisements ask women to be between 21 and 28 years of age, each clinic has they're own requirements.

Health - Clinics look for healthy women with the appropriate weight for your height. They look at family history and must be clear of hereditary diseases such as asthma, heart disease and birth defects. In addition, you should be a ideal model of "low-risk behaviors": not at risk for STDs, not an addict, and not an alcoholic.

Prior Births - Some infertility clinics prefer that you have already conceived at least one pregnancy, but this is generally not an absolute rule.

If you think you fit all of the above, the next step is considering a clinic.

Make sure that the doctors at the clinic or agency you choose are board certified ob/gyn specialists or reproductive specialists. This is your body we're talking about so be aware of professional qualifications and ethics of the people who will be guiding you through the egg donor process.

Ask every question that comes to mind. Make sure that you feel completely comfortable with the clinic. Before you sign anything, interview the doctor. Ask how many egg donation surgeries he/she has performed, what kinds of complications you could suffer from, and if he/she has any referral patients to whom you could speak. If you don't get straight open and honest answers, consider a different clinic.

The medical exam will include:

  • A complete physical examination
  • A pelvic exam
  • Tested for STDs
  • Blood tests
  • Get at least one psychological consultation
  • Get a full record of your own and your family's medical history
  • Be able to give yourself injections - that will be part of the hormone-boost process

The fertility industry is regulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under a 1992 federal law that requires clinics to disclose success rates of treatments, including births from donor eggs.

Donating your eggs is a lengthy process and the large sum of money is to compensate for your time not for the eggs. That's why ads in college newspapers and on Craig's List often appear in the help-wanted section.

Before investing so much time, consider all of your options and make sue this is the right choice for you. Also, make sure you understand exactly how much you will be paid and when you will be paid. The bottom line is that an egg donation is a business and you need to protect yourself, your time and your eggs.

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