Common Misconceptions About Egg Donation

Due to the increase in recession, most people are looking for a way to make a quick compensation. For most women, egg donation is just an inclination to do some good for couples who are unable to conceive. However, there are a number of misconceptions too. According to an organization known as the Alternative Reproductive Resources, the media is largely responsible for perpetuating false facts. Contrary to what the myths propagate, most women do not participate for monetary reasons alone. Usually such women are eliminated from the program early on.

Another misconception is, any woman can be an egg donor. While almost all women are physically capable of donating their eggs; that is not the only criteria women are judged upon. They also need to pass a few screening tests such as numerous psychological and physical tests.

There are quite a number of people who believe women do it for monetary reasons alone. However, there are few mild physical discomforts associated with donating eggs. However, according to a survey by ARR, 70% of women do it out of altruism. The candidates are usually women who have relatives or friends who are infertile or are inspired by stories.

Another misconception people largely believe in is, donating an egg can cause medical problems. The donors are usually subjected to the same treatment as In-vitro-Fertilization or IVF patients and so far they haven’t been reports of any serious health side effects. Although the biological reasons are a mystery, the doctors have admitted that further studies are yet to be carried out.

Given the factors, it is not surprising that donors may have a change of mind while contemplating the process and the factors involved. There are very few donors, who change their mind during the on-going process, but it happens. Due to this reason, there are some methods and procedures that the doctors follow to reduce the possibility of drop-outs. The doctors regularly keep in touch with the donors and keep all channels of communication open. Even if the donor also does drop out it is usually in the first few stages.

It is also a major myth that applicants fabricate their real details. There are almost very few women who are willing to lie on their applications. Women who are willing to donate are usually altruistic and well-meaning people who are donating for personal reasons. However, to not take a risk, the doctors review every applicant’s profile during an interview and if she states academic excellence, she is usually asked for proof.

Donating an egg is a noble gesture, and if a woman is strong enough to look past the monetary considerations and donate a piece of her, out of pure altruistic measures, she is capable of bringing happiness to some couple somewhere.

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