Tiffany Greysen, contributor
Okay, so not really, but I did “donate” my eggs, and with the money that I received I bought a brand new car.
I don’t talk about my egg donation much, mostly because I forget that I did it, but it really did help take care of a few things that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
I was about 25 and a friend of mine talked me into going to the the clinic with her to fill out the application for egg donation. At the time, I already had a five-year old fertilized egg of my own walking around calling me mom and I didn’t plan on having any more fertilized eggs.
The application process was lengthy with lots of health questions, family medical history, personal likes and dislikes, SATs, and physical attributes. They also asked for a recent picture and this was tough because it was before digital pictures were used and I don’t photograph well, but I really wanted the money, so I had to use one of my best pictures and it wasn’t replaceable. After the application was complete, I got a call within the month, that they found someone who wanted my genes in the form of an egg. I knew nothing about the recipient except that she was coming in from the East coast for the IVF* treatment using the donor eggs.
Most women produce one or maybe two eggs in a cycle, so one of the first steps in the process was to make my body make more eggs. In order to do this, I would have to give myself several different shots every day. After several weeks of this, I returned to the clinic and had multiple internal ultrasounds to see if the eggs were ready for their extraction and to see how many eggs had been produced. When I went in for the extraction, they gave an IV with some beautiful morphine and they extracted eight perfect eggs using the longest fucking needle I have ever seen via my vagina.
When I was paid for my time, I took that money and bought my first brand new car. Would I do it again if my eggs weren’t all old and wrinkly? Yes, probably however I would have kept that picture.
*IVF involves combining eggs and sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Once an embryo or embryos form, they are then placed in the uterus.