At the age of 40 many women believe that certain parts of their lives are over and few would even consider becoming an egg donor. For those women who are over 40 and have wanted to become an egg donor their are still options. Egg donation can be an intense, time consuming, experience but it can fulfil women of all ages.
Becoming an Egg Donor Over the Age of 40
Search for local fertility clinics and colleges with well established schools of medicines that are seeking egg donors. Many colleges actively search for egg donors that will donate their eggs for medical research. These programs often have fewer age restrictions than traditional fertility clinics. Create a list containing your top choices and any email address or phone numbers that are available.
Contact your top choices by email expressing your interest in their program. If the school or fertility clinic does list an age preference explain to them that you are over 40 but would still like to be considered. In many cases clinics and program heads will make an exception, especially if they are extremely short of donors.
Complete all initial application questions as honestly and accurately as possible. Do not omit any part of your medical history and, if you are unsure about certain conditions, be honest about your lack of knowledge. Withholding information can result in future problems which can effect your likelihood of becoming an egg donor.
Expect to complete a more detailed application and attend an interview if you are selected. The detailed application will be extensive and is often similar to the patient history forms most physicians require new patients to complete. During the interview the donation process will be explained to you in detail and your application will be thoroughly reviewed. In some situations a psychological evaluation will be made during this interview which may or may not affect your chances of becoming an egg donor over the age of 40.
Prepare for your initial medical examination. All donors are required to have full physical examinations that include a complete gynecological exam. These examinations will usual be more time consuming for women over 40 who are at risk for different diseases and medical disorders. This examination will screen for any diseases or disorders that might negatively effect the egg retrieval process.
Get ready for 30 to 40 days of treatment in preparation for egg retrieval. These treatments will include daily injections which you must administer yourself. If you have a friend or family member who is willing and available they can administer the injections. In addition to daily injections at least 10 doctors appointments will be necessary to prepare for egg retrieval. Egg donors who are over the age of 40 can expect to have additional appointments since doctors may want to monitor the adverse reactions that often accompany the daily injections used to stimulate egg release.
Abstain from all sexual activity while undergoing egg production treatments. The daily injections needed to stimulate the release of multiple eggs will increase a woman's natural fertility. This fertility will greatly increase the chances of accidental pregnancy for a donor.
Once the treatment is completed an egg retrieval will be scheduled. This retrieval will be done while the donor is sedated. Transportation from the clinic or medical center must be arranged prior to the egg retrieval since the donor will not be able to drive.
Any woman over 40 who is considering egg donation should consult her personal physician first. All egg donors over the age of 40 should be extremely healthy.
The use of injected hormones can cause physical illness and emotional side effects including extreme mood changes.