Egg Donor Blog

Welcome to our Egg Donor Blog. This is a place where you can share your experiences, encourage other donors, and ask questions. Feel free to connect with other donors and our staff. We want this to be a positive resource for you!

Planning to add your selfies with puckered lips on your profile? Why that may not be the best idea!

As an egg donor, it’s important to understand that adding good quality photos increases your chances of getting selected. This is because it’s the first thing potential Intended Parents will see. Either your profile picture will catch their interest, or they move on to the next. If you are wondering what kind of photos are needed, this blog is for you. Here are a few things to consider:

Add a lot of photos. You are given 25 available slots. Use these frames to your advantage. Add as many photos you can provide. Ranging from babyhood, early childhood, teenage years up to your current. If you have photos for each stage, the better. However, we understand that due to some reasons, not everyone can provide all photos. That’s okay. This does not disqualify you. Just add as many current photos you can find. Also, include photos of your family, friends, pets as well as important events and skills you are proud of.  Your photos should always reflect who you are and what is important to you.

Not just any kind of photos. Use good quality photos. Seeing snippets of your smiling picture can influence Intended Parents to click on your profile to get a better view. The right profile picture should not only catch their interest, but it should also make a connection as well. So, refrain from adding blurry pictures with poor lighting. Go for good quality photos. If you have old pictures, taking a screenshot of the actual picture may or may not work. You can scan them instead for better results. If you need assistance, send us an email and we would be more than happy to assist you.

Oh yes, we’ve all taken that selfie with pouty lips some way or another. Who hasn’t? Thanks to the smartphone, capturing life’s moments is a breeze. It’s just a matter of clicking and striking a pose. But often, many of these selfies does not end up as flattering as planned. Especially when taking headshots. It just does not work… it’s always best to have someone take it for you. Especially if you are planning to add these photos to your egg donor profile.

  • Before uploading, be reminded of the following requirements:
  • -Dress appropriately. Wear modest clothes that compliment you.
  • -Don’t add selfies. Have someone take a few photos of you. This way, you’ll have a full view of your whole face, not just your forehead, or half your face.
  • -Smile and smile some more. It’s your best accessory.
  • -Photos must reflect your current appearance.
  • -Keep photos straight (not tilted) and include your whole face.
  • -You must be the only person on the photo.
  • -No hats, no sunglasses, no car seat belts

Again, please, no selfies, no filters, or any special effects. Those butterflies and flower crowns do look pretty cute but Intended Parents might find it distracting.

Upload and click. Great. You now have all your photos. It’s time to upload them.  To upload, simply click the box labeled as CHOOSE FILE. Click, and choose your desired photo. It should not take more than a few seconds to load. If you have issues, such as it won’t load or save, your pictures may be too big. Send us an email and we would be happy to assist.

Label all your photos… but don’t include your name. This should always remain anonymous. Give your age for each photo added. If it’s a group picture, indicate where you are and who the other people are. No names needed.

Congratulations! You should have a great profile by now. We would love to find you a match the soonest. The best advise we can give is for you to work on your profile, make it as detailed as possible, add good quality pictures that show your personality, and consider adding a short video. By doing this, your profile will stand out, and get more views. It’s just a matter of time.

Myths about Egg Donation

With countless stories, blogs and other information about egg donation it’s hard to determine what is true and what is a myth. Hopefully, this will help clear up some of those misconceptions for you. If you still have any questions after reading this, feel free to email us directly!

Myth 1: I may become responsible for any offspring that may result from my donated eggs.

False. As an egg donor, you wouldn’t have any rights or responsibilities to any offspring, financially or legally. We have legally binding contracts in place to ensure that once the eggs are retrieved, you are relinquishing all rights for them to the intended parents and their chosen guardians should anything happen to them.

Myth 2: It’s not a donation, women are selling their eggs.

False: Donors receive compensation for their time, effort, the inconvenience, possible risks, and any expenses they may incur, including commuting and time missed from work or school. The egg donation process requires commitment and a physical investment. It’s not something to be taken lightly. Egg donors are often strongly motivated to help create families—at a minimum, they know they are helping someone in need. That’s why Egg Donor Solutions has a very thorough screening process to ensure that we are having donors who have a heart for giving and are willing to make the commitment.

Myth 3: Donating my eggs will deplete my own egg supply.

False. Every menstrual cycle, a typical woman produces approximately 15-20 eggs. However, only one egg is usually released for ovulation and the body discards the rest. In an egg donation cycle, the donor receives medication to develop all the eggs naturally produced in a cycle. In short, the donation process doesn’t take out any more eggs than what the body naturally puts out. Keep in mind that a woman is born with one to two million eggs inside her ovaries and loses only a few hundred eggs through ovulation in her lifetime.

Due to the extensive testing, no donor will be approved to donate if her own fertility is a concern. This is actually a great way to ensure your body is where it needs to be for your own fertility. In addition, with the several different tests and blood work, you will gain insight on your genetic makeup and learn if you are a carrier of any potential genetic concerns.

Myth 4: Any woman can become an egg donor

While we wish this one were true; unfortunately, not all women are eligible to become egg donors. We do have certain criteria such as you have to be between the ages of 21 and 28, in good health, and have regular monthly cycles.

We hope that this gives you a little more clarity on what is really entailed with being an egg donor. We invite go to our website which offers more educational information and videos, you can view the criteria and apply today!

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Getting pregnant at the first possible chance may not be an issue to others but to some, it has been a discouraging, heart breaking and emotional event. If you are one of those disheartened by the mere act, here are a few tips that may likely aid you.

Watching your weight. According to William Gibbons, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, a healthy weight does affect one’s chances of fertility. Being underweight or obese can decrease your chances. So if you are considering of getting pregnant, take your weight into serious consideration.

Stop smoking. This is a red-alert call not just for women but for men as well. Smoking is a high risk factor that contributes to infertility. It causes woman’s uterus to become unreceptive to eggs while it affects the condition and production of the man’s sperms. Yet worse of all, smoking can cause abnormalities to the baby. So the next time you are planning to get pregnant, throw that stick away.

Drink in moderation. Drinking too much caffeine and alcohol can affect your fertility. For coffee and soda lovers, when you are pregnant or in the process of getting pregnant, limit yourself to 2 cups or 200 milligrams of caffeine daily, just until you have successfully gotten pregnant.  Lay off from alcohol first. Not only does it causes infertility, worse, it causes abnormalities and “> birth defects to your baby.

Keep track of your ovulation. Richard Paulson, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine advises that the best time to get pregnant is to schedule your love making three days before ovulation. Keep track of your ovulation cycle, this way you will know when to schedule your next intimate win-win moments.

Make love frequently. To some couples, making love daily may be stressful and physically tiring. Prolonging sexual activities to as long as 5 days can reduce“> sperm motility while having it daily can use up all the supply. Doing it daily may get you pregnant but doing it every 2-3 days may be as good as well. The important thing, make love not because it’s more of a task but because you enjoy sharing this intimate process with someone you love.

If everything else has failed, maybe its time you consult for professional help. You may consider an array of assisted reproduction techniques including, medications, IUI, IVF, surrogacy, adoption or egg donation.

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