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Old 12-28-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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I'm so not sure where to put this!

Parenting?

Finance?

Debates?

I settled on Health. If a Mod needs to move it, please feel free.

I'm wondering if anyone has done this? Money's a bit tight right now. We're renovating the house and hoping we can sell it in the next 4 years or so. We do rescue work and every penny we have goes to support the dogs. With the economy the way it is, adoptions are at a stand still, so we're losing more than usual.

In 6 months we'll have about $700 a month freed up that we can start banking. I'd really like to get some small things paid off before that though. At four or five grand a pop for harvesting, egg donation is looking like a good option.

However, I'm in my mid/late 30s, so I'm at the very high end age wise for donation. However, I've got 5 kids so it seems like my eggs are pretty easy to fertilize.

Interested in hearing from anyone that's done this. For me, there is no emotional aspect. I've had my kids, the youngest is a teen. Only one still lives at home. The last thing in the world I want is another kid; I'm almost free. I love my kids but didn't really enjoy being a mom.

I've got an Executive level position, so I'd think I'd qualify education wise. I've got a back ground in law enforcement and had to pass multiple psych and back ground checks and such. So I'm not passing on any nutso genes.

Other than my age, from the info I've read on line, it seems like I'd qualify. But I'd really like to hear first hand experiences from anyone that's been through it. I'm thinking I'd go once, maybe twice tops.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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I'm so not sure where to put this!

Parenting?

Finance?

Debates?

I settled on Health. If a Mod needs to move it, please feel free.

I'm wondering if anyone has done this? Money's a bit tight right now. We're renovating the house and hoping we can sell it in the next 4 years or so. We do rescue work and every penny we have goes to support the dogs. With the economy the way it is, adoptions are at a stand still, so we're losing more than usual.

In 6 months we'll have about $700 a month freed up that we can start banking. I'd really like to get some small things paid off before that though. At four or five grand a pop for harvesting, egg donation is looking like a good option.

However, I'm in my mid/late 30s, so I'm at the very high end age wise for donation. However, I've got 5 kids so it seems like my eggs are pretty easy to fertilize.

Interested in hearing from anyone that's done this. For me, there is no emotional aspect. I've had my kids, the youngest is a teen. Only one still lives at home. The last thing in the world I want is another kid; I'm almost free. I love my kids but didn't really enjoy being a mom.

I've got an Executive level position, so I'd think I'd qualify education wise. I've got a back ground in law enforcement and had to pass multiple psych and back ground checks and such. So I'm not passing on any nutso genes.

Other than my age, from the info I've read on line, it seems like I'd qualify. But I'd really like to hear first hand experiences from anyone that's been through it. I'm thinking I'd go once, maybe twice tops.
My sister did this and was not very happy with the outcome. If she is a typical example, you will be on fertility drugs that will make you bloated irritable and very tired. The drugs are to maximize the egg cycle to get the most eggs in one harvest. Harvesting the eggs was also painful for her (not during of course but after). Now she has confided in me that she is worried that somehow, somewhere down over the years she may end up with 10 children somehow finding her (thats the number of eggs that were harvested) and wanting to be part of her life. Think long and hard about this. Its not "easy money" by any means. Its a medical and surgical procedure and does have risks!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My sister did this and was not very happy with the outcome. If she is a typical example, you will be on fertility drugs that will make you bloated irritable and very tired. The drugs are to maximize the egg cycle to get the most eggs in one harvest. Harvesting the eggs was also painful for her (not during of course but after). Now she has confided in me that she is worried that somehow, somewhere down over the years she may end up with 10 children somehow finding her (thats the number of eggs that were harvested) and wanting to be part of her life. Think long and hard about this. Its not "easy money" by any means. Its a medical and surgical procedure and does have risks!
I had no idea they put you on drugs first. You always hear of college girls going in to make some money, or early-20s women. No mention is made of the drugs. Thanks for the education!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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It is serious.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a bill requiring that advertisements offering cash to egg "donors" include a reference to the health risks.

BioEdge: Warning for California egg donors

For The Last Time: Donating Your Eggs Is Not "Easy Money" - Eggs - Jezebel

"The most hazardous side effect, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), is a complication occasionally seen in women who take certain fertility medicines that stimulate egg production. The symptoms of OHSS can include bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive weight gain, shortness of breath, and sometimes kidney or liver failure. Mod cut: copyright violation"

Please read on. You have a bunch of little ones to take care of. Don't do this for money. There are plenty of ways to make money but you only get one body.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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It is serious.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a bill requiring that advertisements offering cash to egg "donors" include a reference to the health risks.

BioEdge: Warning for California egg donors

For The Last Time: Donating Your Eggs Is Not "Easy Money" - Eggs - Jezebel

"The most hazardous side effect, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), is a complication occasionally seen in women who take certain fertility medicines that stimulate egg production. The symptoms of OHSS can include bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive weight gain, shortness of breath, and sometimes kidney or liver failure. Mod cut: copyright violation"

Please read on. You have a bunch of little ones to take care of. Don't do this for money. There are plenty of ways to make money but you only get one body.

I'll read the links, but I don't have any little ones. My youngest is 16 and lives with her dad. The next youngest is almost 18. The other three have moved out and are on their own already. So I"m not worried about them losing me. And I'm not worried that there would be any damage to the ovaries or anything; I've needed a hysterectomy for years and plan on having it done after this, if I do decide it's something I"d like to pursue.

However, I thought your name and info was all kept anonymous. The thought of kids wanting me in their life makes me ill. I've tried hard to be a good mom, and for the most part think I did well, but it's the last thing in the world I want to repeat. I don't like kids and have no tolerance for them at all anymore. To the extent that I seldom go out to eat, because I can't even stand to hear them yelling and carrying on. I'm just not a kid person at all.

The meds they give you are another problem. I'm not sure what they are. I know I couldn't take the pill when I was young; it made me violently ill. Not sure if it's changed since then, but if it is hormones they give you I'm tapping out of the race right now. They say time dulls you to how sick you once were or how much pain you were in? Uh, no, not me. I remember vividly and won't ever go through that again.

Ok, it's sounding more and more like something I'm not interested in. So I guess I tough it out through the winter and spring wait until some of our debt is paid off. Unless I win the lottery....................
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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This is NOT a benign procedure. There are REAL risks associated with it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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You will be on fertility drugs to get the maximum amount of eggs to be harvested. I used those drugs to have my own children. Some people have severe side effects from them. Also if I'm not mistaken the cut-off age for egg donation is 35 to 36.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I heard an ad on the radio for it and it said 35 was the limit. I would never do it tho. It's not like men donating sperm.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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Yes....you know what does not give you cancer....Mod cutIts only been around less than 25 years and not studied well on long term effects. I am just stating it here again Mod cutjust incase anyone is afraid to click links.

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Old 12-28-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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They give you injections with fertility drugs and hormons. That rings a bell in my head - cancer!!! Just my uneducated opinion. Here in Virginia you only qualify when you are under 31 years old. I was interested in doing that, too, but quickly changed my mind when I got more information.
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