First thing first: I've been feeling good lately, very good. I hope it lasts.
Someone whom I've known for about a year asked me if I would be willing to donate an egg (or eggs), I wasn't sure what to say. I thought it would be fine if it would make her happy, without really thinking about it, but I knew that I needed to think and research, so I told her to give me some time to think about it.
What is there to think about. Well, that egg (or eggs) would have my genes. So, genetically the "baby" would be mine, even though she explained to me that it would be hers because she is the one that is going to carry it and it would be her blood, her body would be "nurturing" it. Technically, it would be hers.
Besides this, the risks don't seem too light. There is a reason why these egg donors are compensated: because of the risks involved. It is easier for a man to donate sperm than for a woman to donate eggs. There are the birth control pills (which I do not take, and don't plan on taking as a type of birth control), and the hormonal injections that make you produce more eggs. There are the effects and the risks from the hormonal injections like severe bleeding and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Any hormonal treatment that can be dangerous in the short term can cause long-term health problems. I'm not sure about the chances of this but I do not want to risk it.
I'm not sure how I feel about someone having a baby with my genes.
When I think of the hormonal injections to make you produce more eggs I think of rBST used on cows to create more milk. It has nasty effects on the cows including infection- which can be treated with antibiotics (but that also can in turn have nasty ones on us, but that's another story). Now, the cows are continuously being injected with rBST to continue producing more milk, and an egg donor would be getting injections every day for up to three weeks. Those three weeks would be very intense on their bodies, the mere thought of the side effect has me shaking my head. The risks of these hormones on the cows and the women are unpleasant.
Anyway, the whole thing is unnatural. I wish she'd reconsider adoption. I would totally adopt.