Egg Donors Wanted

Commercials have been airing on a local radio station encouraging women to donate their eggs to infertile couples.

Such a message can be strange--seemingly coming from nowhere.

But one egg donor we talked to says if you were in her situation, you could easily take the message to heart.

“That's exactly why I did it was to give someone else an opportunity to be a parent which I loved to be,” says Anne who donated her eggs several years ago.

” We definitely are screening our donors very carefully. We want them to be in good health. We want them to be young. We want them to be non-smokers. We also do a big panel--genetics screening--so most of them do not know that until they get here for that screening,” says Michelle Mays, a Nurse Practitioner.

She adds psychological testing is also a big part of the interview.

Mays screens all potential donors for the Nevada Center for Reproductive Medicine.

She says the center currently has 21 women on the donor list but she would like to double that number.

If selected by a couple, the donor will never know that couple and vice versa.

The child's identity too will remain a mystery.

The donor will commit to a series of shots and once her eggs are mature, a physician will remove them.

After which the donor will receive approximately $3,000.

But most donors will tell you, its not about the money.

”I think it is such an uplifting feeling I know I was able to help someone become a parent,” says Anne.

The clinic is looking for women between ages 21-and 30.

Right now most donors eggs are taken and immediately mixed with sperm to make an embryo.

But the Nevada Center for Reproductive Medicine says with in the next two years many donors will have their eggs placed in a donor bank and available almost immediately once the recipient couple makes a decision.