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How To Be an Egg Donor

The Secret Society Documentary

Learn some of the places and resources out thereto be an egg donor, especially in Canada, fromthe filmmakers behind the upcoming filmThe Secret Society.

How does a woman become an egg donor?

Egg donation agencies match egg donors to suitable Intended Parents (IPs). Do your research and hear feedback from other donors before choosing the agency that is right for you. Once you’ve decided which egg donation agency to sign up with, they will have a consultation with you. They will ask you some basic questions about yourself like habits and personality, as well as some more intimate details like medical history. If you pass their screening process, you will provide them with pictures and more details, and they will add you to their roster or online database – or they might already have an Intended Parent in mind for you. The good thing about using an egg donor agency, is that they will be able to inform you of the process from start to finish, and help answer any questions you may have.

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Contact an Egg Donation Agency

Egg donation agencies match egg donors to suitable Intended Parents (IPs). Do your research and hear feedback from other donors before choosing the agency that is right for you. Once you’ve decided which egg donation agency to sign up with, they will have a consultation with you. They will ask you some basic questions about yourself like habits and personality, as well as some more intimate details like medical history. If you pass their screening process, you will provide them with pictures and more details, and they will add you to their roster or online database – or they might already have an Intended Parent in mind for you. The good thing about using an egg donor agency, is that they will be able to inform you of the process from start to finish, and help answer any questions you may have.

Match with an Intended Parent (IP) Independantly

You don’t ‘need’ an egg donation agency to donate your eggs. You can choose to find someone independently. There is a robust ‘secretive’ or private online infertility and egg donation community. There are a handful of secret facebook groups on the topic of infertility and/or egg donation – this can be one of the easiest ways to learn and meet like-minded people, or people searching for an egg donor. Facebook groups offer a private space for women, men, or couples to talk about a very intimidate topic of wanting to build a family through alternative means. If you end up starting a conversation and ‘clicking’ with an Intended Parent who may be interested in using you as an egg donor, just be reminded that you do not have an agency there to help you along the way. So make sure to do your own research which could include talking to past egg donors, doctors, counsellors, and a lawyer.  Also be very informed on the importance of knowing what your relationship with the child or the Intended Parents will be in the future. Research shows that it is more healthy for the donor conceived child to know where they came from and to have access to that information/the donor. If a relationship is important to you, then speak to the Intended Parents and also your lawyer.

Be an Egg Donor to Family or Friends

1 in 6 couples experience infertility. Chances are you or someone you know is going through infertility, even if they have not told you about it. Some, in fact many of these people may have to turn to egg donation. This isn’t a route you can seek out, if you don’t know someone is struggling. But if they do share their struggle with you, that is when you can offer to be their egg donor. This route may not be right for everyone but it can be an amazing way to help someone you know and love.

Be an Egg Donor with a Clinic or Egg Bank -
In the United States

There are no egg banks in Canada. And in Canada, IVF clinics do not match egg donors and Intended Parents (IPs). You will find that in the US, and some other countries, that you can donate your eggs in this way. The biggest difference between these options and an egg donor agency is that you won’t get any say in who gets your eggs, and it is less likely that you could continue a relationship with them or the donor conceived child. You would donate your eggs and get paid before knowing who your eggs will go to. In this sense, it may be more or less desirable for the egg donor, depending on what is more important