BONUS 240: International Egg Donation

January 3, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Genevieve Uys, the the biological mother of 9 children through egg donation and founder of Traveling Donors and Known Egg Donors.

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Genevieve and Heather discuss everything you need to know about international egg donation:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about yourself.
  • Why did you decide to become an egg donor?
  • Tell us about your personal egg donation journey.
  • Why did you decide to become a known egg donor?

GENERAL EGG DONATION

  • What are the differences between known and anonymous egg donors? What are the pros and cons of each?
  • Are there long-term side effects of being an egg donor? Please explain.
  • How important are hormone levels (AMH, FSH, etc.) and antral follicle count for egg donors?
  • Does more eggs mean a higher chance of pregnancy? Please tell us about quality vs. quantity in egg donation.
  • How many times can an egg donor donate?
  • Is there such a thing as the perfect donor? Please explain.
  • How do you recommended prospective parents select their donor? Please explain.
  • How long does it typically take to be matched to an egg donor?
  • How often do patients become pregnant the first time using an egg donor? What are the statistics by age?
  • What are the pros and cons of genetically testing donor egg embryos?
  • Are most donors willing to meet the child(ren) in the future? Please explain.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

INTERNATIONAL EGG DONATION

  • What is fertility tourism, and why is it on the rise? Is this a safe and trustworthy method of building your family?
  • What are the average costs of an international egg donor?
  • Is genetic screening of an egg donor standard throughout the world? Please explain.
  • Can prospective parents ship their eggs and/or embryos back home? Please explain.
  • Is it possible to stay in touch with your international egg donor during the cycle and after it is complete? Please explain.
  • Why did you start Traveling Donors?
  • What makes Traveling Donors different than other agencies?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s considering using an egg donor?

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