There are a lot of women in the world who cannot have children and so they are thinking about egg donation.
This way they will be able to experience pregnancy and they can treat the child as their own. If you are thinking about donating your eggs, there are some things that you should know.
Age and donating an egg
In the majority of the cases, women between the ages of 21 and 34 can donate their eggs.
Nonetheless in some cases the specialists make exceptions for the age group of 18-21 years and 34-35 year old women. Still this happens quite rarely because the rules are quite strict.
How does it pay?
While some women don’t think about donating an egg because of the financial aspects, for others they are quite important.
In the majority of the cases women get for a completed donation cycle about $8,000. If the cycle cannot be completed the donors still get $1,000 for their services.
What is the process like?
The egg donation starts with completing an application. When the women get approved, they have to go through a series of interviews and tests and they will be matched with a recipient. The cycle itself lasts for about 3-4 weeks and women have to inject themselves with hormones to produce more eggs.
During this step of donating an egg, women will have several appointments for their doctors to monitor them. Once the eggs are ready for ovulation, it is triggered by medication. The following day the eggs are collected through a simple and almost painless procedure.
How about side effects?
This is something that women often think about egg donation. In the majority of the cases, the hormonal medications have no side effects.
However, it is possible to experience some weight gain, bloating, moodiness or pelvic discomfort. Normally there shouldn’t be any severe side effects.
Donation and lifestyle
When women reach a decision regarding donating an egg it is important for them to use protection if they have intercourse during the month of the donation cycle and also the month after the cycle.
During those 3-4 weeks women have about 10-12 appointments, their majority occurring 2 week before the retrieval.
Effects on fertility
There is no reason for women to think that after egg donation they won’t be as fertile as they were before. Even more, during the following month they are even more fertile. After that things will go back to normal and the donors will get back to their normal lives.
Medical risks and complications
If women are donating an egg, the entire process is monitored with the help of an ultrasound. Still there is always the risk that the needle will perforate the surrounding tissue or organs, leading to infection or bleeding. It is also possible for women to be affected by ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Because of this syndrome, as a result of egg donation, the ovaries could get enlarged and this is why the donor in question could experience some bloating. This could be accompanied by pelvic pain or weight gain. Some of the medications used could increase the risks of ovarian cancer.
In case the syndrome gets more serious after donating an egg, it is possible that the donor will be hospitalized.
The donors have the possibility to sign up anonymously and so the receiving couple will never know their identity. In case of egg donation, the couple will know the characteristics of the donor but they won’t get any information, such as name or address, which could help them identify the donor so confidentiality will be respected.