It has become increasing common to hear and read stories about children born from eggs provided by donors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) donated eggs were used in 20,000 monthly fertility treatments in 2012, compared to fewer than 12,000 a decade earlier. In 1984 the first known pregnancy was achieved with a donated egg. Today, more than 10,000 babies have been born worldwide from donated eggs.
The science has helped cancer survivors, infertile women and same-sex couples conceive children, but the reasons a egg donor is needed do not have to be complex. As more couples postpone childbirth because of economics or career goals, a woman’s egg quality lessens as she ages and significantly declines after age 37. Donating your egg can be a give of life to a deserving couple, but there are also financial reasons to consider becoming an egg donor, While a sperm donor might be compensated $50, egg donors in Tampa are could be compensated $5-10,000.
Earlier this year a lawsuit was settled in federal court lifting any rate caps contained in guidelines provided by the Society for Reproductive Medicine to their members, so the compensation for a donation is fully negotiable to allow fertility clinics to fulfill requests from clients for donors with specific physical features or education backgrounds, for instance blond hair and blue eyes, or a Harvard Law degree.
To become an egg donor in Tampa, you have to fit the criteria. Clinics are looking for healthy young women between 21 to 30 years old who are willing to undergo both a psychological screening and a thorough medical history and evaluation. Women normally release one egg each monthly cycle, so to increase the number of eggs ovulated donors are given hormone injections. A doctor them removes the eggs surgically, fertilizes several in a laboratory (in vitro) and inserts them into the potential mother’s uterus. If successful, a fertilized embryo attaches to the uterine lining and begins to grow. If their are additional embryos available, they can be cryopreserved for use at a later date.
Some medical groups have innovative ways to provide donor eggs to clients. The Reproductive Medicine Group in Tampa offers a Split Donor program. This program allows an appropriate female going through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to anonymously donate half of her retrieved eggs to another couple also undergoing IVF. Because this involves less surgery and no outside donor is required, it reduces the costs for both couples. This is important considing the complete cost of IVF to a couple could be $40-50,000.
Its important to know that in the eyes of the law, the woman who carries a child to term is considered the legal mother even if the child was not conceived with her eggs. Most agencies require that donors stay in touch for five years in case any medical problems arise. There have been cases of patents dealing with donors as if it was an open adoption, with limited contact with the adoptive family.
If you have questions, good donation programs have counseling available and can recommend a family practice attorney that can advise you on your potential rights.