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Egg Donor FAQs

Can I donate if I just had a baby?
You may not donate while you are breastfeeding. It is also necessary for you to have at least three regular menstrual cycles prior to participating in an egg donation cycle.

Can I donate if I've had a tubal ligation?
Yes, you may be an egg donor if you have had a tubal ligation. Your eggs will be retrieved prior to being released in the fallopian tubes.

Will donating eggs now affect my fertility or the ability to have children in the future?
No. All currently available information shows that there is no decrease in a donor's ability to get pregnant after completing a normal retrieval.

What are my responsibilities to the children that may be born from this process?
You are not responsible to any children born from this process. The Intended Parents assume all responsibility.

Do I have to have health insurance?
No. The Intended Parents are responsible for all of your medical costs and for supplementary insurance should any complications arise which are directly related to the egg retrieval process.

How much time will I have to take off from work or school?
It depends on several factors. The largest is the way your body responds to stimulations. In most cases, if you live near RGI/IHR, you will only have to take a day off for the actual egg retrieval. Initial screening usually takes half a day, and other monitoring sessions usually take less than an hour in the morning.

If you live away from RGI/IHR, you may be required to take 3 to 10 days off and stay close to us for the egg retrieval. All the travel expnses wll be covered by the recipient. We should be able to tell you how long it will be once our fertility doctor meets with you for the initial screening. You will also have to travel to RGI/IHR for initial screening, as well as at the beginning of the retrieval cycle for suppression check. In most cases where the donor lives away from Chicago, monitoring is done in a different facility closer to the donor to make the process easier.

What are the primary risks and side effects of taking the fertility medication?
The primary risk is a condition called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome. This is relatively rare (1-3% of cases). Your physician will monitor you carefully in order to avoid this possibility. Side effects include weight gain and a feeling of extreme bloating. Also, as with any procedure, a risk of infection exists, you will most likely be given antibiotics to avoid this.

How long will it take to be matched?
This is not something we can predict. Some donors have been matched within one week of applying; others have taken as long as one year and some may never be matched.

How old do I have to be to donate my eggs?
We require our egg donors to be between the ages of 21 to 30 years of age, though exceptions are occasionally made for women between ages 31 and 34, especially if they have proven fertility (havehad children or successfuly donated before).

What side effects will I experience (if any) from taking fertility medication?
Most egg donors go through the process with no side effects; however, some may feel bloating, weight gain, pelvic discomfort or moodiness.

How will egg donation affect my personal lifestyle?
Once on fertility drugs, you need to ensure that you have protected sexual intercourse for that month as well as the month following egg donation. From start to finish, you will generally have 10-12 doctor visits; the majority of these visits occur during the two weeks prior to egg retrieval.

Will I be more or less fertile after egg donation?
You will be more fertile in the month following egg donation. After one month, you will return to your normal fertility status.

How does egg donation affect my fertility in the future?
Egg donation does not appear to have any long-term effects on your fertility.

What are some of the medical risks or other medical complications that may occur if I donate my eggs?
Egg retrieval is always performed under ultrasound guidance. However, there is always a risk that a needle may puncture surrounding tissue or organs causing injury, bleeding and/or infection. There is also a small risk (less than 5%) of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. During ovarian hyperstimulation, the ovaries become enlarged and fluid may collect in the abdominal cavity causing bloating; a weight gain of 5-10 pounds and severe pelvic pain may occur. Hospitalization may be required if ovarian hyperstimulation progresses to a severe state. In addition, certain studies have suggested that some ovulation drugs are associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer; research in this area is ongoing, however, and more recent data refutes such a risk.

How long does the egg donation process take?
The egg donation process from treatment start to retrieval takes approximately one month. The egg retrieval itself takes minutes.

What is involved with taking infertility medication?
The medications you will need to take are injectables. You will be required to give yourself injections one time per day for the first two weeks of the egg donation process and two times per day for the second two weeks.Our nurses will teach you how to self-inject safely and are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions.

Will I be put under general anesthesia for egg retrieval?
We use intravenous (IV) sedation, which is administered by a nurse anesthesiologist. Occasionally, you may experience the following short-term side effects: nausea, vomiting, sleepiness. Therefore, we instruct you to rest for 24 hours after egg donation. You are also required to be picked up by somebody after the egg donation and mustn't drive for 24 hours.

How long will I have to be away from work or school after the egg retrieval?
We recommend modified bed rest at home for 24 hours after egg donation.

How long will it take for my body to return to normal after egg retrieval?
You should anticipate a menstrual period within 10 days after you donate. Following the next menstrual cycle, your body should be back to normal.
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