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I donated my eggs back in 2002 when I was 22 years old. I needed the money in order to move to a new city and start college. I received around $4,000 in compensation.

In 2008, at the age of 28, I began to have the typical symptoms of menopause, terrible hot flashes, irritability, no period and a low libido. I went to my ob/gyn and I received a blood test and was immediately referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. My RE said that he was sure it was just a fluke and maybe my pituitary gland was misfiring.

When the results of my blood test came in he very matter of factly, said “well, looks like I was wrong, your ovaries aren’t producing anymore eggs.”

I was devastated.

Two years after I donated my eggs, I became pregnant and elected to terminate the pregnancy because I knew I wasn’t ready to be a parent. I have regretted that decision to this day.

I have absolutely no family history of infertility, in fact, I really don’t have any family history of any illnesses. My oldest aunt died of lung cancer but she was a long-time smoker. My grandmother died of an aneurysm at around the age of 75 and my grandfather died of old age at 96.

I don’t know if my egg donation is the cause of this but all I know is that I will never be able to have any of my own biological children. I have a sister who says she will donate her eggs but how can I morally ask her to do that knowing what has happened to me? She is four years younger than me and does not have any children of her own.

I would like to know what my options are at this point (if any). I don’t remember them telling me that there was a possibility of me becoming infertile. I remember the contract being very long so I can’t remember the exact language in it.

Please help me, I don’t know what to do.