Real Women Talk About Donating Their Eggs
Abby Smith* was 27 when she heard an ad on the radio about egg donation. She’d considered it before, as a 20-year-old college student interested in a little extra cash, but ultimately realized she wouldn’t be doing it for the right reasons. Still, the seed was planted, and after she started hearing the ad almost every time she got in her car, she decided to finally check it out.
Now on her third donation at the age of 28, Smith is part of a growing group of women choosing to donate their eggs to couples in need. A recent report in the Journal of American Medical Association found that the number of egg donors for IVF increased about 70 percent from 2000 to 2010. “It could be that it’s grown more acceptable,” says study co-author Jennifer Kawwass, M.D., a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellow at Emory University. “It could be that the technology has improved. It also could be that more women are comfortable using an egg donor so there is an increased demand.” And with egg donation compensation ranging from $5,000 to $7,000 (on top of medical expenses), the lackluster economy may be a factor as well.
That compensation was an added bonus for Brooke Jones*, 36, who was already fascinated with the idea of egg donation. When she was 24, she also heard an ad for a local fertility clinic that offered free information sessions, and she decided to drop in on one. After hearing from physicians, donors, and recipients throughout the session, Jones was sold. “It was really moving and powerful hearing them talk about the joy they had when they finally were able to have a kid,” says Jones. “I thought, ‘Why not? I have a really healthy family, I went to college, I had good SAT scores, I’m tall—those might be things that would be attractive to recipients.’”
*Last names have been changed.
Article By Casey Gueren November 8, 2013
This article originally appeared on: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/mom/egg-donation