Considering egg donation can be a very daunting thought at first, but we at DESA dedicate ourselves to educating and assisting prospective donors, such as yourselves, to understand the processes involved; the importance, not only of donating eggs, but also the importance of understanding the law surrounding egg donation. Once you know these facts; egg donation will no longer be daunting to you. It is important for you to understand, that egg donors and recipients, are fully protected the law.
At DESA we are 100% committed to you, and we appreciate and follow South African laws because they underpin the spirit of egg donation which is all about togetherness, empowerment, and hope.
South Africa has amongst the best egg donation laws in the world! South African egg donation is governed by the National Health Act (2003) and as mentioned before, these laws protect both the donor and the recipient.
The Act itself can be an exhausting document to get through with all the fine print, and can in turn be a little intimidating, so we have outlined four of the most important points that you need to be aware of, when it comes to making the decision to donate your eggs!
- South African law states that egg donation is anonymous and disclosure of either the donor or the recipient identity is prohibited:
- Your identity as a donor and that of your recipients are strictly confidential, and we never disclose your personal details, your adult photos or name.
- Only childhood photos up to age 10 years old are seen by the couples looking for a donor.
- You will not receive any information regarding the recipient, and as a donor you are free from any and all responsibility to the biological offspring, produced by your donation.
- A record is kept of all donations as well as resultant pregnancies.
- The legislation in South Africa on egg donation is published in Chapter 8 of the National Health Act (Act no 61 of 2003).
- As an approved egg donor, you will need to have a medical screening:
- Once your egg donor application form has been approved, the next step is to go for your medical screening.
- This will include an ultrasound, a psychological evaluation, as well as a blood test. These results will be shared with you.
- You will see our psychologist or social worker, as we would like the process to be a fulfilling one, not just for the recipient of your eggs, but for you as well.
- Your full screening as well as counselling, is done at no cost to you.
- The National Health Act (2003) states that a maximum of six live births are permitted from one donor:
- This is why at DESA, finding more wonderful egg donor STARS like yourself is so important for our prospective recipient families who cannot conceive naturally.
- Donors are compensated for their efforts:
- As a donor, you will be compensated R7,000 for your egg donation efforts.
- As mentioned earlier, all medical and psychological assessments involved in the donation process will be covered by DESA.
Egg donation is a true gift of life and an altruistic act. We are always in search of wonderful egg donor stars to join our DESA family, so if you feel you are ready to give a wonderful family the gift of life, please contact us here.
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