My sister donated twice with Global Egg Donors, and had nothing but positive words about her experiences. At first I was completely ignorant to the thought of myself being a donor, my sister has always been more generous than me! After talking with her a lot about her experiences, and reading testimonials from other donors, I began to understand the process and the reasoning behind it.
It was when I was talking to one of my best friends, who fell ill when she was younger, and can no longer have kids of her own without help, that I was really able to put myself in the recipients shoes. Some couples want a child so badly but can’t fall pregnant without help, of course if this was me I would want the help too, and I wouldn’t blink an eyelid to donate to a friend or sister.
I began to think, if you donate a kidney, that’s it, its gone forever, whereas with eggs, I will have more next month. I lose absolutely nothing in this process. In my mind, its almost an unwanted period, I would normally be throwing away the eggs I do not want. In my recipient’s eyes, it’s the gift of life.
I registered with GED through Karen, which was a very easy process and Karen was brilliant with an unbelievable knowledge of the procedure. Within 2 weeks I was chosen by a couple in Barbados, who wrote to me explaining their situation. They sounded lovely, sporty, intelligent, well-travelled, with very similar interests to me, and above all, genuine, kind and loving.
I flew out to Barbados a month or so later, where I am now in my apartment after the procedure. I cannot tell you how amazing this week has been for me. The locals have been so friendly, and my donor support Fiona took the time to show me the area, with a plethora of local knowledge and contacts. I have been surfing, snorkelling, stand up paddling, on a catamaran cruise, seen most of the island and made some good friends too.
I was very nervous about the injections to begin with, but let me tell you it is honestly nothing! My sister gave me my first injection and I just couldn’t believe how pain free it was, the needles are pathetically small! So after having one of the best weeks of my life in Barbados, I went to the clinic at 7.30am, where the staff are some of the loveliest people I’ve met (Cyreline on reception is my favourite, the happiest woman in the world!). I was sedated for the procedure, and now its 3pm, I’m wide-awake in my apartment, with no pain, eating lunch. All I can do now is hope that one of my eggs allows the recipient to fall pregnant. I really wish them all the luck in the world, and I hope if I am ever in their situation a girl would do the same for me.
My experience with Global Egg Donors has been incredible, and I will definitely look to donate again in the future, and highly recommend them to my friends. I hope I get to come back to Barbados, or maybe even California!
"It’s such an awesome feeling to know I have helped people in a way that not many people can! It really makes me realise what is important in life and what is worth spending energy on."
"It’s a strange gig, being an egg donor – you feel so invested in a couple you've never met; you have so much hope and love and joy and other cheesy conceptual nouns for them – it is a difficult thing to explain. I really am cheering for you guys so loudly you can probably hear it!"
"I might not be someone who goes sky diving or climbing Mount Everest to collect money for charity, but this is my Mount Everest. Donating eggs to another woman is one of my greatest achievements, memories and experiences in my life. "