Our Education Team at Egg Donor Solutions (EDS) is committed to ensuring donors understand and are well prepared for the egg donation process. Education Manager Holly Muzny and Donor Educator Jordyn Boucha work one-on-one with new and potential donors to guide them through the process and provide education on all aspects of egg donation including the benefits, commitment required, and potential side effects and risks.
Holly is a registered nurse and has been working in the fertility field for seven years. Her role is focused on guiding donors through the application process and filling out their profile to help them get selected by intended parents, approving or denying donors, and general education about egg donation process. Holly says the best part about her role is “adding new wonderful donors to the EDS database to provide more opportunities to create happy families.”
Jordyn, a five-time egg donor, uses her personal experience to help educate donors. Her role is focused on interviewing potential donors and ensuring they understand the process and commitment involved. She also works with donors to ensure their profiles are updated regularly and to assist them in recording videos for their profiles.
When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Jordyn says, “I love getting to educate donors on the process and what to expect. I also love watching a donor go through the entire process from prescreen to retrieval and watching her knowledge and comfort grow.” You can read more about Jordyn’s personal story and how egg donation helped Jordyn and her husband have their dream wedding and become debt free.
Tips for new and potential egg donors
Have you considered egg donation and the impact you could have in helping to create a happy family? Below are five tips to keep in mind:
- Know the qualifications.
Intended parents are invested emotionally and financially in choosing the right person to help them build their family. Therefore, it’s important for egg donors to meet certain criteria regarding age, personal and family health history, BMI, education, flexibility to attend appointments and more. You can find the complete list of qualifications on our website.
- Your profile is important.
The quality of your photos and profile content can have a direct impact on how quickly you are able to match with intended parents. “Intended parents want to have a personal connection with the donor, and the donor needs to provide enough content for them to make that connection,” Holly explains. “High quality, non-filtered photos are also extremely important. Intended parents need to see facial features, freckles, eye color, etc. They are more inclined to select smiling, modest photos rather than Snapchat photos, kissy faces, or anything obstructing the photo like sunglasses and hats.”
- Anonymity cannot be guaranteed.
With the availability of commercial DNA test kits through sites like 23andme.com and www.ancestry.com, facial recognition software and ongoing technological advancements, it is not possible to guarantee that donors and intended parents can remain anonymous forever.“We mostly facilitate unidentified cycles, meaning we do not share your contact information with intended parents, but we do not feel anonymity exists anymore,” Holly says. “EDS now requires donors to be willing to sign up for Donor Sibling Registry [if requested by the intended parents], which allows a safe and appropriate form of communication between donors and intended parents without revealing identity.”
- Understand the commitment required and manage your expectations.
Being an egg donor is a major commitment that involves taking time off from work or school to attend medical appointments, participating in a psychological evaluation, signing legal agreements, self-administering injectable medications, and undergoing local anesthesia for the egg retrieval and taking time off afterward to recover.
“My advice [to donors] is to manage your expectations,” Jordyn says. “This process can feel overwhelming or inconvenient. You have to be flexible and understand that sometimes things are completely out of our [or your] control.”
- It’s worth it.
Despite the inconveniences, time commitment and other requirements, the feedback we hear from donors time and time again is that it’s worth it to know they have played a significant role in helping to create a happy family. One donor recently shared her thoughts on the process after completing her sixth and final cycle: “Being an egg donor requires a lot of time, dedication and mental focus, but it’s 100% worth it. You know you’ve done something completely selfless. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that intended parents who couldn’t have children on their own or wanted to complete their family were able to because of me.”
If you feel egg donation is right for you, we would be honored to guide and support you through the process. Please reach out to us at Info@CreateAHappyFamily.com or submit an application through our website.
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