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Confused About Becoming an Egg Donor? Get the Facts

Sometimes women consider the notion of becoming an egg donor only to scrap the idea due to misconceptions that egg donation is really a restrictive, self-sacrificing process. In reality, egg donation does not require women to alter their life goals in order to donate, and only a few lifestyle modifications may be required.

Egg donation is a wonderful gift to give to intended parents who want to start a family. Don’t let the following misconceptions keep you from participating in this wonderful process.

Myth: You have to stop taking oral contraceptives when donating eggs.

Fact: Most oral contraceptives can still be taken because they contain hormones that simply prevent the release of an egg — they do not affect the egg tissue itself. Egg Donor America does not work with egg donors who use contraceptive implants or Depo-Provera injections as a form of birth control. If you use Depo-Provera, consider switching to an oral contraceptive or IUD (intrauterine device) and wait three menstrual cycles before applying.

Myth: You can’t donate eggs after tubal ligation.

Fact: This is a very common misconception because it seems logical that having your tubes tied would make egg retrieval impossible. Egg Donor America retrieves donor eggs via aspiration. That means a fertility specialist will take the eggs directly from their source using a very thin needle and catheter, which pull eggs with light suction and collect them in vitro.

Myth: Donating your eggs is very risky.

Fact: The primary risk associated with egg donation is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which is actually a side effect of the medication you take to stimulate ovulation and not due to the egg retrieval process. The most common signs of OHSS include weight gain and bloating. Women who believe they are experiencing OHSS are encouraged to contact their physician immediately to determine whether treatment is needed. There are very few risks stemming from egg donation at our Virginia egg bank.

Myth: You won’t be able to have your own children after donating eggs.

Fact: Egg donation does not affect your ability to procreate for your own family building. Your body likely had a pool of about 400,000 eggs in reserve by the time you reached puberty. Over the course of your childbearing years, you’ll ovulate roughly 400 of these follicles as mature eggs, ready for fertilization. Egg donors undergo ovarian stimulation via medication, and egg retrieval focuses on harvesting from the remaining 399,000-plus eggs. Therefore, you won’t deplete your 400 viable eggs when donating, and you can still conceive your own children if all other fertility factors are in order.

Prospective egg donors often have questions about donating eggs, and our fertility team at Egg Donor America has answers. Review our online frequently asked questions page. When you’re ready, contact us to find out more or apply to become an egg donor now.

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