Donor: California, USA
For me, egg donation and infertility were something that never really crossed my mind.
Growing up you are constantly forced to listen to the dictation of your parents and older
authorities to “be safe” and have most likely witnessed someone you know have an accidental
child in high school. Yet it wasn’t until a girl’s night late last summer that I had a friend tell me
of her co-workers glowing experience donating her eggs and helping a couple with infertility
that I thought to consider infertility as the serious issue that it is.
The process was extremely smooth- a lot smoother than expected. I had received my instructions to get blood tests and start birth control in Canada- Global Egg Donors ensured that the costs were covered and made the process very easy for me, which was wonderful considering I had a pretty chaotic work schedule and a 1 year old son to chase after. I received my injections in the mail soon after, and felt pretty nervous upon receiving instruction to commence the new medications. I am deathly terrified of needles of any sort, and consider myself to have an extremely low tolerance to pain, so my nerves were going crazy thinking about having injections every single day! My husband administered the injections, and surprisingly I found them quite tolerable and definitely not as bad as I thought they were going to be. After about a week I began to feel so used to the injections I barely felt them at all, it just became a part of our regular evening routine.
Upon this recognition, and my friend’s guidance to which company her co-worker had used, I started to feel really invested in this idea. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”- Global Egg Donor’s mantra really stuck with me. And with this idea I registered to become a donor.
When I received my letter from my recipients, it brought me to tears, I could feel their emotion and deep yearning to become parents and I responded immediately that I would be their donor.
The next steps were relatively easy for me as Karen and Robin took care of everything. The only thing I needed to manage was some standard blood tests and genetic testing. And after that the administration of the fertility medication- which admittedly seems intimidating at first but ended up being a breeze.
Upon my arrival in California, Karen had arranged for myself to be picked up by a really amazing girl who would be my donor support from here-on out. She was extremely kind and equipped with water and some basic necessities for after my flight and never hesitated to let me know I could ask her of anything- even a sweater if I felt chilled. The visits to the clinic were extremely easy and short, and all of the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. In my downtime, I really enjoyed seeing what LA had to offer- from hiking, to cute boutique shopping and universal studios. The trip had me feeling like I was on a vacation and I really enjoyed my time. I even got to meet Robin for breakfast one day, and I must say she is an amazing lady. So is Karen. It is my contact and meetings I have had with them that really made this whole journey feel like such an easy, comfortable process. There is a genuineness about them that makes you feel that you are taken care of and in good hands.
The only negative thing I could say about the experience is the extreme bloating I felt from the medication leading up to my retrieval- which honestly isn’t painful just uncomfortable. I felt I looked a bit pregnant and I could seriously feel my ovaries inside of me (apparently, they were the size of small oranges). Anyways, I can’t reiterate enough that this really wasn’t that bad and it was relatively painless.
The procedure itself was super easy and painless (as you are put under and given pain medication) and the recovery thereafter was also painless for me! All in all, I am so happy that I have had the opportunity to donate my eggs, help a family, and to have been a part of such a life changing organization. I hope nothing but the best for everyone who was involved and hope from the bottom of my heart that my recipients get the child that they’ve always dreamed of.
"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. "