It’s an empowering feeling when a woman helps someone build a family as either a surrogate or egg donor. In fact, some women have done both. Here’s why some surrogates decided to become egg donors after carrying a baby for someone else.
Can You Become an Egg Donor After Being a Surrogate?
Absolutely. Egg donor candidates must be between the ages of 18 to 29. And yes, this age range is important, particularly at reputable egg donor agencies. This age group responds best to treatments that a donor needs before an egg retrieval procedure.
There are even some women who go through a surrogacy journey, become an egg donor, and then decide to be a surrogate one more time. When a woman is within the right age range, she doesn’t need to choose one over the other. She can do both.
To Clear Up Matters
Surrogacy agencies only work with gestational carriers. So, this means surrogates have no genetic ties to the baby they are carrying for their intended parents. If a former gestational carrier moves forward with an egg donation, she will not have an embryo transfer which has her genetics. This retrieval will be for another fertility treatment and different surrogate. In some instances, the embryo created with the donation may also be implanted into the intended mother if she can carry.
Do Some Egg Donor Become Surrogates?
Yes. While the egg donor range is between 18 to 29, surrogate candidates are from 19 to 42.
There are some instances where women donate their eggs during their college years. After establishing their careers and building their own families, they may decide to help another individual or couple again.
Former egg donors already know the impact they made. They can have that same type of effect carrying a baby for intending parents.
Surrogates have a history of uncomplicated pregnancies and with no delivery complications.
What About a Tubal Ligation?
A woman can donate her eggs after a tubal ligation. An example of this may be a woman who had her own children early on and decided not to have any more babies. If a woman can undergo ovarian stimulation for egg retrieval, she can still become a donor.
On the flipside, women can also become surrogates after a tubal ligation.
Sticking with The Same Agency
If a woman had her surrogacy journey with an agency, she could go to that same company for her egg donation if they offer this service. Even though she would be working with a different coordinator and department, she has already built a relationship and a sense of trust with the agency. If she had a great experience while she was a surrogate, she might want to continue that relationship as a donor.