Who can become an Egg Donor?
Not all women can donate eggs. Certain rules are set for legal reasons. Other policies are designed to increase the chance that a pregnancy will result and that the process will be safe for both donor and recipient.
Commonly, egg donors must be a certain age, usually 21, and be no more than 30. The lower limit ensures that a woman can legally enter into a contract. The upper limit reflects the fact that older women respond less well to fertility drugs.
What does Egg Donation involve?
If you apply to become an egg donor you may have several medical visits before you are accepted. These visits will include a physical and gynecological exam, a medical and family history, blood and urine tests, and a psychological evaluation. You will also discuss your rights and responsibilities.
Using donated eggs to establish a pregnancy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF). First, you will take a series of fertility drugs (some of which must be injected) to stimulate your ovaries to produce many eggs at one time. While using the drugs, you will have frequent medical tests. Removing the eggs from your ovaries involves a minor surgical procedure. After you recover from egg retrieval, your part of the treatment cycle is finished.
Your eggs will then be mixed with sperm from the intended father in the clinic’s laboratory. If embryos result, they will be grown in a lab dish before one or more are transferred into the uterus of the recipient. If she becomes pregnant and delivers a child, she will be the birth mother and legal mother of that child even though the child will be genetically related to you.
How long does the egg retrieval process take?
The procedure itself lasts only 15 to 20 minutes. To ensure your safety and well being, you will recover at our office 45 minutes to two hours following the procedure. Because you will have been sedated, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home and possibly stay with you for the day. You will probably be able to resume your normal activities the next day.
Who will use my eggs?
Egg donation is a treatment option for women who do not produce enough normal eggs but are otherwise able to be pregnant. Some of these women have malfunctioning ovaries or entered menopause at an early age. Others are at an age when they produce eggs less readily, even with fertility drugs. Still others tried standard IVF but produced poor quality eggs or embryos.
Less commonly, women decide to use donor eggs because they are aware of an increased risk for inherited disease in their biological offspring. For example, the woman herself may be healthy, but she and her partner may both carry a gene for the same disease. This creates a risk in the child if it inherits the altered gene from both parents. Using an egg donor who does not carry the gene eliminates this risk.
Will donating eggs impact my fertility or deplete my eggs?
No. The procedure itself doesn't have any impact on your future ability to have children. Women are born with about 2 million eggs. Each month, a group of eggs begin the maturation process, but the body selects only one egg each cycle to ovulate, while the rest are absorbed by the body. Fertility medications "rescue" some of these excess eggs that the body would have ordinarily discarded.
Will donating affect my everyday life?
Egg donation is time-consuming. During the donation cycle, you will be given medications for about three weeks, and you will make several visits to the program for blood tests and ultrasounds.
You will be responsible for arranging your work or school schedule to fit the demands of egg donation. Some donors find it difficult to continue their normal activities. They have trouble keeping up at school or on the job, and in fulfilling their family responsibilities.
You will be required to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using illegal drugs. You will not be able to use any prescription or non-prescription drugs without permission. If you are in a sexual relationship, you must abstain from unprotected intercourse during specific weeks of the treatment cycle.
Are there any possible risks related to egg donation?
Generally, major complications related to egg donation are very rare, and side effects tend to be minor and temporary. Some donors may
experience bloating, headaches, bruising at the site of the injection, or mild pelvic discomfort during the stimulation of the ovaries. Health insurance is provided during the course of treatment to cover expenses of unforeseen complications.
Can I donate more than once?
Donors undergo successful donations may donate as often as every 3 months.
Contact us today to discuss if Egg Donor is the right step for you.
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