Finding a perfect egg donor

An egg donor is a woman between the ages of, preferably, 21 and 33, who undergo voluntary hormonal and medical treatment, who donates a few of her eggs to other women, who is unable to fall pregnant with her own eggs. Once the 8 to 10 or so eggs have been removed from the egg donor they are fertilized with the recipient women’s male partners’ sperm. If fertilisation occurs the embryo/s are then transferred into the recipient woman’s uterus. This is the only way that the woman has a chance of becoming pregnant, carrying and birthing a child.

The statistics are that 33% of women older than 37 years, who present to a fertility clinic with infertility, will require the use of donor eggs to achieve a pregnancy. It is emotionally overwhelming to learn you may have to use an egg donor to become parents, so there for being an egg donor is a great act of kindness.

The fact is that many couples come to Gift ov life from all over the world IVF egg donation because of the legislation regarding egg donors in South Africa. Egg donation in South Africa is confidential and anonymous. Egg donors and recipients never know each other’s personal details and never meet each other. For egg donors this is a sense of relief, as they do not donate because they want to produce a child! The child’s birth certificate will record only the names of the recipient parents. This also allows the recipient parents to one day choose whether or not to reveal the origins of their child’s conception.

For recipient couples this is an unimaginable gift as there is no possibility that identities may become known at any time in the future. Couples are able to move forward with their lives and family within complete confidence. In countries like Australia and the UK, there is a central registry detailing all personal particulars, which is not acceptable for many couples or potential egg donors.

For many donors just knowing that a woman has over 300 000 eggs from birth, which would go to waste each monthly cycle if not used to fall pregnant, makes it all worth their while to donate and allow a couple the joy and opportunity of becoming a mom.

In South Africa, egg donors receive some compensation for their time and effort. However, the amount paid has been carefully assessed and determined by the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy Regulations (SASREG.) to ensure that donors are not exploited in anyway. The money paid by the recipient through the fertility clinic covers the incidentals that the donor will incur. Although the money can certainly make a small difference in a donors life, it is definitely not the motivating factor, and egg donors donate out of sheer kindness and to make a genuine difference in someone else’s life.

Some donors comments:

Where do I even start with all of the praises I have for this wonderful agency? 
Where do I even start with all of the praises I have for this wonderful agency?  When I decided to join them in their quest to help create families, never did I imagine that I would hold such a big place for them in my heart. I feel so blessed being able to help a couple in need. It feels so rewarding to help make a real difference in the lives of others.I would certainly want someone to do the same for me or the people I care about. Donating is an even better way to help someone because it helps fulfill a life long dream. Being a small part of that is priceless.  I sincerely hope the couple had a successful implantation that resulted in pregnancy. If you ever have another couple that you can’t find another suitable donor for, I’d absolutely love the opportunity to donate again.I truly appreciate everything Gift Ov Life did for me.Regards, ME, Donor, April 2013

Thank you for all the support 
Good Day, I really enjoyed my time with gift of life and I am so happy I could help the couple . I have them now in my thoughts hoping and praying it is a success they deserve it!  The doctors and nurses were amazing. Thank you for all the support

Thank you to everyone who gave me a chance to bless someone with this priceless gift
I am so fond of all of you all…. Thank you to everyone who gave me a chance to bless someone with this priceless gift… Thank you Linda, Mandy, Tasneem and Tami. God will continue to bless you every single day of your lives, Changing the world starts within 🙂 Kind Regards, Donor, Jan 2013

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to change someone’s life
Hi Gift ov Life angels! Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to change someone’s life….its my first thought every morning.
I’m feeling great and am happy to say did not have any issues whatsoever throughout the course of the doning process. All went according to schedule. I am proud to have been part of your team in the quest for a miracle. Kindest regards, A Gift ov life Angel January 2013

I felt so much love from you guys. 
Dear Gift ov Life, First and for most, thank you for the gift, The first time I saw the Psychologist, so many things were going through my mind. I was just not yet in a position to fathom the entire process because it was my first time, but as the time goes by I started to feel more free and confident. Every morning waking up for my early appointments at the clinic made me realize how serious and crucial this procedure is.  Thank you to Linda for endless sweet emails, thank you. I felt so much love from you guys. Also the staff at the Clinic is super cool, love each one of them.  Thank you Gift ov Life Team.  A, egg donor 2012

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