Why Should I become
an Anonymous Egg Donor?
There are a number of couples who desire to have children, but discover it is very unlikely or impossible for them to get pregnant. Often, this is because of problems with the health of the woman’s eggs. Using special treatments, many of these couples get pregnant with the help of egg donation. The amazing women who participate as egg donors make it possible for such couples to achieve their dream of having a child.
Egg donation gives an opportunity to women whose ovaries do not make healthy eggs to still become a mother. There are many women who rely on the help of other amazing women through egg donation. Consequently, there are many families waiting for an egg donor match.
Egg Donation Process for Tampa Egg Donors
Egg Donation Requirement & Egg Donor Testing
Not every woman is a candidate for egg donation. Some baseline criteria for egg donors are:
- Age: 20 to 33
- BMI under 30
- Good health
- Drug and Tobacco-Free
Egg Donors receive $4000 at the completion of their cycles. Our donors say that the best part of egg donation is the knowledge that they are helping another woman or couple in need to become a mother and parents.
IVF Patients Can Become Egg Donors and Receive a Discount on IVF
Women who are IVF patients or potential IVF patients
The Reproductive Medicine Group has a Split Egg Donor Program. This program provides a substantial discount to our split egg donors and reduces the cost of IVF treatments for our patients who are eligible to donate. Women must meet certain criteria, and if eligible can split a portion of their retrieved eggs for egg donation. Approved split egg donors are healthy women, under 33 years old, with BMI of 30 or below and:
- have a diagnosis of infertility due to a tubal problem or endometriosis.
- have a partner that has a problem with his semen quality or quantity.
- or have a diagnosis of unexplained infertility.
These women may apply for egg donation through our donor screening application. Shared egg donors must meet several criteria in order to qualify.
If interested, please contact the Donor Egg Coordinator at (813) 914-7304 extensions 1245 and 1258.
Egg Donation - Psychological Testing For Donors
Thank you for making the kind and generous decision to serve as an egg donor! You have the potential to change the course of a couple’s life in an incredibly positive way through egg donation.
One of the requirements for egg donors is to meet with a psychologist or a mental health counselor for an evaluation. This may sound intimidating. In actuality, the interview can be interesting and educational.
When a fertile couple decides to have a child, they are often aware of their family member’s positive and negative health history as well as personality traits including disorders such as learning problems, alcoholism and psychiatric illnesses that may be hereditary. When recipient/Intended Parents (IP’s, the couple who hope to become parents with your gift) need donated eggs to conceive, unless a professional gathers a complete history about the donor for them, they will become parents without important information. Most IP’s have spent years trying to conceive and want to be the best parents possible. If IP’s have information about their donor’s health history and that of her extended family, they can be better prepared to address their child’s needs. The more information you are able to share with the psychologist or mental health professional, the more you can potentially help the IP’s be prepared, good parents.
Each of us has had both positive and negative experiences during our lives. In addition, almost everyone has at least one member in their family tree who has experienced a mental health issue. Mental health professionals are aware of this and are interested in being supportive rather than judgmental. Just be yourself. It is better to be open and admit to imperfections than to present with inconsistencies. There is no perfect person, so there is no perfect donor.
Another interesting part of the interview involves preparing you for the psychological aspects of being a donor.
This is a fascinating portion of the interview, as different perspectives can be discussed. You are not expected to know the answers to all the questions asked of you. In fact, this is a good time for you to ask questions and express any concerns you might have. We want you to feel fully informed, comfortable and confident about your decision to participate as a donor. Your health and emotional well being are of utmost importance to us. If you are married, your spouse may be invited to the interview or may be brought into the interview via phone.
You will be asked to take a personality test. It is important to know that personality tests are not designed to judge you. Most questions do not have right or wrong answers. If a question does not pertain to you, please indicate that information. The test may help determine if you are experiencing issues that might interfere or conflict with you at the current time. Additionally, the questions are designed to be sensitive to test-taking style. It is best to be open and to try your best to present yourself as honestly as possible. Life, relationships and work can be complicated. It is completely normal to have flaws and experience challenges rather than be perfect. A defensive stance while taking the personality test may invalidate your results. An open style is appealing and credible. Your test results are not based on how you answer any one item. The psychologist or mental health counselor will not read each of your responses. Instead, items are grouped and the test is interpreted in terms of personality style.
Helping a couple who might not otherwise have the opportunity to reach their dream of becoming parents is a beautiful gift. Openly and honestly communicating your history as well as your personal and unique style will help the professional team match you with the appropriate IP. Your openness will help the IP’s be the best parents they can be. Thank you for your time and generosity. We look forward to working with you!
Barbara Feinberg, Psy.D with Sandy B. Goodman, M.D.
Dr. Barbara Feinberg is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for over 25 years. Please visit her at her website, www.drbarbcares.com. (813) 264-7314.