The donor will be asked to speak with a psychologist/mental health professional to make sure she fully understands the benefits and risks of egg donation and has proper motivations for becoming a donor. A donor’s mental and emotional health is an important consideration to exclude the presence of psychiatric disease which could be inherited by a child. The donor will also complete a standardized psychological test, the most common being the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI). This test will be scored by a professional psychologist. Here are a few examples of some psychological questions and discussions:
a. How do you feel about sharing your genetic material with a child you will not know or have a relationship with?
b. Have you discussed this egg donation with your partner, family or friends?
c. Let’s talk about your current relationship status. If single, do you intended to share that you donated with a future partner?
d. How much information do you want the intended parent(s) to know about you?
e. What kind of contact would you be interested in pursuing with the intended parent, before, during and after this donation?
f. How do you feel about a child contacting you in the future?
g. Do you want to know if the intended parents achieve a pregnancy?
h. If you were to experience infertility problems in the future, how would you feel about your decision to donate eggs?
i. Do you think you will donate your eggs to other intended parent(s)?
j. Do you have someone close that you can talk to about this donation and may be willing to accompany you to medical appointments, maybe help you with the injections and/or be present at the aspiration (removal) of your eggs?