For individuals and couples experiencing infertility, the absence of available eggs - or eggs that are not healthy enough to lead to conception - can be a main cause for their inability to conceive.
Egg donors afford them an opportunity to achieve their dream of starting a family!
Women, between the ages of 18 and 30, can offer an incredible gift to an individual or couple - the gift of healthy eggs - as an egg donor.
While donors are compensated for their time and service, it’s a process they should fully understand before submitting an application to donate.
Becoming an egg donor means committing to a thorough health screening.
The medical procedures involved in being an egg donor include administering medications to stimulate your ovaries, undergoing ultrasound monitoring over the course of 10-14 days and having a simple outpatient procedure to remove the stimulated eggs from your ovaries.
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Why Become an Egg Donor?
Couples and individuals struggle every day to have children of their own. You can help make their dream of becoming parents a reality with your donation of eggs and allowing a couple to carry and deliver a child.
How Do I Know if I’m a Qualified Donor?
If you are a healthy woman between the ages of 18 and 34, you can see if you qualify to become an egg donor. There is also an application process to determine if you’re qualified to move forward with next steps to donating.
Do I Pay Anything to Become a Donor? Will I be Compensated for My Time and Effort?
You will not be financially responsible for any medical care you receive during the process of donating your eggs. That cost is covered by Boston IVF at the Women’s hospital and the egg recipient. You would be responsible for your transportation to our office for appointments and your egg retrieval. You will be compensated for your time and effort, which will be covered during the screening process.
What are the Risks of Donating Eggs?
There are many procedures done during a donor egg treatment. Listed below are common procedures and medications which are used and potential risks. Other risks include psychological distress and inconvenience.
Blood Draws ““ Discomfort or Bruising at the Site of the Blood Draw
Fertility medications ““ common side effects include nausea, headache, weight gain or bloating, mood changes and possible allergic reaction. These are generally mild and resolve soon after stopping the medications. There is a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (approximately 1-2% chance per cycle). This condition causes enlargement of the ovaries and potentially fluid to accumulate in your abdomen or chest. Rarely (<1%) this may cause you to have be hospitalized.
Vaginal egg retrieval with ultrasound guidance ““risks include discomfort or pain. Rarely someone may have bleeding, infection or have damage to other organs such as bowel, bladder or blood vessels. If a complication should arise you may require additional surgery or hospitalization. If all the eggs are not retrieved you would be at risk of pregnancy should you have unprotected intercourse during the treatment cycle.
How Long Does the Donation Process Take?
The donation process takes a couple months. A potential donor must go through a screening process which includes a medical history and physical exam as well as a fertility evaluation. A genetic evaluation would also be performed. The donor and partner (if applicable) would undergo a psychological evaluation and counseling.
Once the screening process is complete the ovarian stimulation and retrieval takes 14-16 days. There are typically 5 or 6 early morning visits (30 minutes each) during stimulation and then the whole day off work for egg retrieval.
Will Donating My Eggs Affect My Ability to Have My Own Children?
Donating your eggs will not affect your ability to conceive or cause a loss of your own eggs. Each menstrual cycle many eggs are absorbed by a woman’s body and only one egg is selected to be released per cycle. The fertility medication you would be taking would rescue some of these eggs which would normally be resolved.
Will I Have to Miss School or Work?
You may have to miss work or school for monitoring appointments which last approximately 30 minutes and occur in the morning. You would be able to return to work/school after that appointment. The day of the egg retrieval procedure you would need to take the entire day off of work/school.
Will I Have to Take Medications?
The fertility medications you would take are used to stimulate your ovaries to produce more than one egg per menstrual cycle. The medications are injections which are given under the skin in the abdomen or thigh. Generally there are four different medications which are used which would require one or two injections per day. The side effects and potential risks are listed above.
Will I Need to Have a Surgical Procedure?
The ultrasound guided egg retrieval procedure is an outpatient surgical procedure. The procedure is done under “twilight” anesthesia and not a general anesthetic. The procedure is performed using a vaginal ultrasound with a needle guide. There are no incisions made for this procedure. The recovery is generally short and the overwhelming majority can return to work or school the next day. You will need a support person that is 18 years or older on retrieval day to transport you home.
Where Will I Go for Medications and Egg Retrieval?
Once a donor has completed the screening process medications would be given to the donor from Boston IVF at the Women’s hospital. A donor is generally on injectable fertility medications for 8-10 days and will need to have blood and ultrasound monitoring 5-6 times during that period. At the end of this time period patients will then have an egg retrieval in our office at Boston IVF at the Women’s hospital.