Reasons why women donate eggs

We are often asked ‘What motivates Altrui donors to donate their eggs?’ As you know, all our egg donors are altruistic and we are always so impressed by their desire and willingness to step forward and help someone in need. Having had some amazing conversations with these kind and generous women, we have discovered that many of them share the same reasons for wanting to become an egg donor.

We thought it would be nice to share these with you.

Friends or relations with fertility problems

Many have witnessed the anguish experienced by close friends or family members as they too struggle to get pregnant and they now want to help take away this pain from someone else.

They appreciate their own family

Several of them have expressed the joy that they have felt from having their own children, to the extent that they cannot imagine what life must be like for someone who longs for a family but cannot have it.

Natural donors

Quite a few are what we might call ‘natural donors’. In other words, they are innately generous women who spend much of their time giving and donating to others. Frequently they are also on the organ donor register, regularly give blood, support charities and often work in the caring professions.

On the receiving end of donation

A number of donors have experienced being the personal recipient of somebody else’s generosity. However this has come about, it has engendered a strong urge to reciprocate and find a way that they can ‘give back’ to others in some way.

Finished their own family

Many women feel that it is a waste for their eggs just to be lost every month now their own family is complete, or they have decided not to have children themselves. They love the idea that they could help another woman experience the joy of motherhood by donating their eggs.

Thinking about egg donation for a while

Some of our donors say that donating their eggs is something that they have been thinking about for quite a while. Often they have been discussing it with friends or family but didn’t really know how to go about it until they came across Altrui.

Spontaneous giving

For others, donating their eggs is something they had never heard about before and, very frequently, didn’t even know was possible to do until they heard of us or read one of our advertisements and felt moved to help. They frequently say that they’d love to know that if they ever needed help themselves in the future then they could call on someone else’s kindness, so they want to ‘pay forward’.

As you can see, there are many different reasons why women decide they would like to become an egg donor. Interestingly, the question of financial gain rarely features in our conversations – these are truly altruistic donors. In our eyes they are all amazing women.

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