30 May FAQs on Egg Donation – Info from US Fertility Network
Egg Donation Frequently Asked Questions
Couples generally choose to use donated eggs because of problems with the female partner’s eggs. Reasons why a woman may choose to pursue egg donation include older age, poor quality eggs, menopause, and ovarian damage from previous cancer treatments. Egg recipients can be conventional couples, lesbian couples, and single women.
Why use an egg donation program?
Our egg donor program involves a team of experts from the top programs across the country. Our physicians are board certified in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). We have been helping clients become pregnant using donated eggs for over 20 years.
How do I get started?
To participate in our egg donation program, download an application, fill it out, and email it to our facility. You may also come in and fill out paperwork after scheduling a consultation.
What is involved in the screening process?
We first have you complete a detailed questionnaire about your background, personal history, and medical history. One of the fertility specialists review this and call to schedule you an appointment. You will meet with our psychologist and genetic counselor and undergo a physical examination and laboratory testing.
What is the compensation?
We offer egg donors significant reimbursement for travel, time, and efforts. The payment is given after the egg donation cycle. The medical screening is provided at no cost to you, and you are welcome to review your medical tests and records. Many egg donors report a positive emotional compensation for their contributions.
How much time is involved in the egg donation process?
The screening process usually takes around 2-4 weeks to complete. Afterwards, you meet with the egg donor program coordinator and are put into the donor system. If you are chosen as an egg donor, a cycle takes around 4 weeks to complete. During the first 2 weeks, you come to the clinic several times for blood tests and ultrasounds. During this time, you take fertility drugs to stimulate egg production. The egg retrieval process will take a full day.
Am I required to administer my own shots?
The injections are administered at home. You can give them yourself or have a family member or friend do it. A nurse teaches you how to self-administer the medication beforehand.
What are the side effects and risks?
As with all medical procedure, some risks and side effects must be considered. During the donation cycle, many women report some mild discomfort. Some donors report pressure, bloating, abdominal swelling, moodiness, and breast tenderness. These symptoms subside after your menstrual period. The injection side effects include redness, bruising, and pain at the injection site. The medications can cause fluid retention and abdominal pain.
Can I get pregnant during the egg donation process?
We ask that you abstain from intercourse during the egg donation process. You are extremely fertile during this time. In addition, you cannot participate in high-impact activities, such as mountain biking, running, and jumping for several weeks following egg retrieval.
What are my responsibilities as an egg donor?
We request that egg donors:
- Follow the doctor’s orders during a treatment cycle.
- Be truthful during the donor screening process.
- Adhere strictly to medication and appointment schedule, and take medication as instructed.
- Arrive for all appointments on time
- Arrange for transportation to and from procedure appointments.
- Give up all rights and responsibilities associated with the eggs and child.