If only we all had the same chance of having our own biological children. As much as we might wish it were so, unfortunately it’s not how things are. There are all kinds of reasons for this – none of them stop those affected from wishing they had a child of their own. And each of them underscores the positive, life-changing difference egg or sperm donation can make.
The first step is pre-screening. This is where your medical history, family history, and social habits will be reviewed. From there, if you continue with the process of donation, you will closely follow the beginning of the IVF process. This includes ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. The process takes about 10-14 days and involves daily medications, so a health screening is a great place to start on your journey to becoming an egg donor.
As a sperm donor, it is important to have high quality sperm. This will give hopeful parents the best chance of becoming pregnant and achieving the dream of having a family. A donor’s sperm quality can be measured against several different criteria, but two of the most important are the amount or volume of sperm in a sample and how well each sperm moves, or its motility. Since men are constantly producing new sperm, sperm quality can change over time. For example, both the volume and the motility can often be improved with diet and lifestyle changes. So if they are low on your first analysis, don’t worry.
However, sperm shape – also known as morphology – is another important piece of the puzzle and this number is harder to improve with the same diet and lifestyle changes. That’s why the analysis is thorough when potential donors are evaluated.
You can find more information about moving forward with your first sperm analysis by finding a clinic near you.
And remember, when you become an egg or sperm donor, you’re giving other people the chance to experience the very thing they’re dreaming of being: a parent.