Have you concidered becoming an egg donor? Would you like to know more about it? Who exactly are these women, who already are egg donors? Saari (27) is sharing her story why and how she donated her eggs (full version was published in Postimees, on the 6th of August 2019).
We all know infertility is a deepening problem in Estonia and in Western-Europe and we all admit more should be done to help couples struggling with infertility. But how many of us have taken real steps to help out? Saari is one of those Estonian women, who made her wish to help come true by donating some of her eggs. And not only that – she has been an egg donor for several times now and is more than happy to talk about it in public. She is sharing her experience with other potential donors, who could offer their invaluable gift to couples with infertility issues and having a chance of becoming parents: „If those thousands of eggs, that I have in me, could help out someone, then why not!“ Saari tells us of why she became an egg donor.
“If those thousands of eggs, that I have in me, could help out someone, then why not!” – Saari, egg donor
One of the most important steps in egg donation process is stimulation. Usually a woman produces one egg per cycle, but for donation her body will be stimulated to produce 10-15 or even more eggs per cycle and for that to happen the egg donor has to inject herself with hormones every day. Yes – we must admit not everyone likes needles. But as Saari said: „Actually I didn’t feel almost anything“. Also, „ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome“ – a medical condition that can occure in some women who take fertility medication to stimulate egg growth, might sound a little scary for donor candidates, but in reality it can occure only for 0,2 – 0,7 % cases (Source: Tervise Arengu Instituut). Saari’s experience: „…could feel only slight fullness or abdominal bloating sensation. Still it was nothing more than a woman can feel during her regular menstruation.“
“Donors are also entitled to compensation. Egg donors will get 700 euros per donation (or more, depending on the number of cycles).” – Fertility Clinic Nordic
Donors are also entitled to compensation. Egg donors will get 700 euros per donation (or more, depending on the number of cycles). As the donors contribute their time and effort, i.e appointments at the clinic, injecting hormones in the mornings and evenings, they do not have to be doing this entirely free.
We definitely cannot underestimate Saari’s contribution to Estonia’s society – to many couples egg donation is the only option to rid themselves of pshycological problems accompanying infertility, and also feel as a productive wholesome member of the society. Saari’s experience is a testimony to: „It offers comfort to think, that somewhere out there is a happy child and family, to whom I’ve been able to help along just a little bit“. A little bit – so much so, that you have created a new life….
„It offers comfort to think, that somewhere out there is a happy child and family, to whom I’ve been able to help along just a little bit“ – Saari, egg donor
Saari is a beautiful, young, strong and healthy Estonian woman, thanks to whom already some couples have been able to experience the joys of parenthood. Scottish writer Walter Scott has said fittingly: „The race of mankind would perish did they ceace to aid each other.“ We cannot put it any better.
Photo: Erik Prozes, Postimees