By Angela Chand-Corey, egg donor
Hi there, I’m Angela and this blog is my feelings on egg donation both as a known donor and an anonymous donor.
I have donated three times, the first time was in 2006. This donation was an anonymous donation to two ladies who I knew nothing about. I contacted my local women’s hospital and enquired about being an egg donor and after all the necessary tests and a counselling session I started the treatment for this donation.
At this time I didn’t know anyone with fertility problems and so I joined an infertility forum and shared my treatment journey with ladies on there and it gave me chance to chat to people about what I was going through. Not knowing the recipients and what they were going through was a little strange and made the journey quite impersonal. I would have liked to have known something about the ladies. After the egg collection my journey was over and that was it. I felt fantastic being able to help people but if im honest I felt a little empty and would have loved to have known more about the recipients journey.
After this I decided to be a known donor and I offered to donate to a lady I had got friendly with on one of the fertility forums. This journey was a totally different one. I got to know the recipient very well and we became friends. We discussed injections and side effects etc and it was lovely to share it all with someone and to know that I was helping her. I went on to donate 20 eggs and the donation resulted in a pregnancy but unfortunately the lady miscarried at 10 weeks.
I donated for a 3rd time to another lady I met on the forum and I donated 7 eggs that time which resulted in a baby girl being born on 9th Nov 2009 and a baby boy born 23rd May 2012.
Personally I got much more out of being a known donor but I understand that wouldn’t be the case for everyone. If I wasn’t too old I would donate again in a shot.