I married a family man because...
I knew he would put his children and wife before all else.
Despite alluring salaries and technical advancements, my husband passed over attractive opportunities for a job that is less exciting but allows proper work-life balance. He gave up a lot -- including his dream job -- to spend more time with loved ones.
You can image how crushed he felt when he realized that he might not have the chance to become a father.
A few years ago, I kept miscarrying.
Miscarriage is a calamitous experience, by the way. Think about the flood of joy you feel when you find out that you are about to have a child -- and then to suddenly have it taken away.
The devastation drove us to different options: what about adoption? How long is the egg donation process?
We didn't want to be infertile and stuck.
Donating your eggs - yay or nay?
Lucky for my husband and I -- and thanks to Seattle SRM -- my problem was resolved by surgery, and I went on to give birth to two healthy children.
Couples with more serious issues, however, must rely on others' good will.
I know that donating your eggs is a huge decision -- and that it feels awkward -- but now that I have experienced the devastation of infertility, I understand how much it means to families who otherwise have no opportunity at parenthood.
I honestly feel that egg donation is not giving away your own children, but giving someone the chance of creating a family.
The egg donation processFirst, you need to apply at a proper location. Then you need to be interviewed and tested.
Couples spend their entire savings on fertility treatments. Therefore, they want top-notch supply. To qualify as a donor, you must fit certain criteria, and then pass genetic testing.
Once approved, you will then be matched with recipients, and begin the actual egg donation cycle.
The egg donation cycle takes 3 - 4 weeks. The cycle includes injections of hormone medication, ovulation, and retrieval. Also, expect many doctors' visits.
To find out exactly how long is the egg donation process, or learn more about about the process, you can go to donation centers' websites.
What if it fails?
Of course, not every cycle will work. Many places will compensate you for a failed cycle. However, compensation is a fraction of a successful one.
So, will you consider?
Again, donating your eggs is a huge deal, so take all the time to think about it. But do know that there are people who are less fortunate, and would love the opportunity to create a family.