Egg Donation: altruism and solidarity from woman to woman

Every year in Catalonia, Spain and the world many children are born thanks to the solidarity and altruism of many women who donate their eggs. Without the donors it would not be possible. In fact, one out of every three Assisted Reproduction treatments is produced thanks to egg donation.

Today there are many programs to raise awareness of egg donation but also to give recognition to these women who selflessly donate their eggs.

Egg donation, a resource for couples having difficulty in conceiving

The current situation is that there are many women and couples who are unable to have a child naturally, and only another person can compensate for this lack. Although there have been many advances in science and medicine, without a donor a life could not exist, and here lies the importance of egg donor women, since they make it possible for other women to materialize what they most desire: to be mothers.

It is very important to be aware of the importance of this first step of egg donation. Hence the importance of taking care of the donors from all aspects (medical and emotional) so that they do not suffer any type of risk.

Role of assisted reproduction units in egg donation

Assisted Reproduction Units become facilitators and intermediaries in the egg donation process, which will finally close the circle with the birth of a child.

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However, the process involves certain requirements that must be met, and not all donors end up being suitable for egg donation. There are certain factors that may prevent the process from going forward:

  • Failure to meet the medical or psychological requirements
  • Lack of sufficient interest (assisted reproduction units want to avoid abandoning the process halfway through).
  • Medical or psychological safety of the donor

The above aspects are essential to ensure maximum safety and to give importance to the selection, to the assignment between donor and recipient, as well as to the high medical surveillance, which is essential in the whole process.

Who can donate eggs and what does the process consist of?

In principle, women between 18 and 35 years of age of any nationality can be donors, as long as they do not suffer from any disease. Before the treatment, as already mentioned, a medical study of the woman will be made which, in addition to determining whether or not she is suitable for the process, is also useful for the donor woman to know her state of health.

The process takes about 12 days, with the need for one day of rest. It should be noted that the donation is anonymous and that the law provides for equal financial compensation throughout the state.