My family

Family means many things to many people. For some it is based on genetic relation and for others it is based on with whom you are raised and for whom you care. Before agreeing to be an egg donor, consider what family means to you. Any children born from your donated eggs will have your genetic contribution.  Any of your current or future offspring will have genetically related siblings. Likewise, your parents will have genetically related grand-children they may never meet. For some people, this is a significant factor in the decision-making process.

Questions to ask:

Does my family support my decision to donate? Why or why not? How do I feel about their response?

Egg donation is a relatively new procedure and therefore opinions of egg donation and conceiving children through donor eggs may differ across generations, religions, and cultures. For some women, their family’s approval or disapproval of egg donation is a large factor in the decision-making process. Still other women decide to not tell their families of their status as an egg donor. Take some time to reflect on what is important to you and whether or not disclosing your decision to donate is an important factor in your decision to donate.

Controversy: "Naturalness"

A concern voiced by some Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious groups is that egg donation and assisted reproduction challenges religious understandings of what is natural in terms of conception, body, and family. Yet others argue that as a socially-constructed concept, what is “natural” can have many different meanings.

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Are there any illnesses or diseases that run in my family? Am I comfortable with sharing my family’s medical/personal history? What if I don't have my famliy's history?

Family history is an important factor for many programs in deciding whom to accept as an egg donor. Women deciding to donate their eggs are routinely asked in-depth questions regarding family history, medical information, and personal information before and during screenings in order to avoid inheritable diseases or illnesses.

It is likely that you will not be selected as an egg donor if you are unable to provide your family’s medical history, as programs are looking for inheritable diseases or illnesses to screen for preventable illnesses in the donor-conceived children.