Without exception, our altruistic egg donors have something in common: positivity, kindness, empathy and a very strong desire to help someone else.
If you’d like to donate eggs, you need to:
- Be aged between 18 and 35
- Be healthy, with no family history of serious or inherited illnesses
- Have a BMI of less than 30
- Be a non-smoker
- Not currently be taking recreational drugs or excessive alcohol
- Not currently be trying to become pregnant yourself
Why you need to be under 35 when donating eggs
Some women will assume that they can partake in egg donation after the age of 35 if they still have periods. Unfortunately, after this age the eggs in the ovary start to undergo subtle genetic changes, resulting in fewer eggs or an increased risk of miscarriage and abnormalities with the growing baby. As you’ll appreciate, this in turn causes problems for the recipient during pregnancy or when a baby arrives. It’s for this reason that the upper age for donating eggs is 35.
Why you need to have a BMI below 30 to donate eggs
Having a healthy BMI is important. If you have a BMI above 30 (someone who is over their expected weight), you might not respond to the stimulation as expected and could be putting yourself at a greater risk. The same goes for someone with a very low BMI, in which case you would be advised to gain a little weight before going through the egg donation process.