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Myths about Egg Donation

Without the empathy and generosity of egg donors, thousands of couples and individuals would be unable to build their families. Egg donors provide those who are unable to conceive on their own, as well as same-sex male couples, with a much needed egg that will help them have a baby.

Even though egg donation is becoming more wide spread and educational resources about the process are easily available, there are many myths about egg donation that still persist. In order to help clear up any confusion about egg donation and what it entails, Egg Donor America has outlined some of the top egg donation myths.

Egg donation myth: Only older women need the help of an egg donor

Although the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs do decrease as she ages, this is not the only reason why an egg donor may be needed. Infertility issues and other reproductive disorders can contribute to a couple’s or individual’s need for a donated egg. For example, a condition known as premature ovarian failure (POF) may arise when a woman’s ovaries stop functioning normally before she is forty years old. POF can be treated, however, if treatment is unsuccessful, an egg donor will be needed. Additionally, same-sex male couples will require the help of an egg donor and a surrogate in order to have a child.

Egg donation myth: If you donate eggs, you won’t be able to have children of your own

Egg donors are fully able to donate a set number of their eggs without posing a risk to their own future family. When a woman is born, she has a set number of eggs and loses these eggs gradually, simply as a natural consequence of aging. Donating eggs does not pose a risk to your chances of having a baby of your own when you are ready to do so. We invite you to learn more about egg donor risk.

Egg donation myth: It will hurt to donate my eggs

A trained physician performs the egg donation procedure, which is painless. During the procedure, egg donors are given a light IV sedation to help prevent any possible discomfort. The entire egg donation procedure is actually quite short and usually lasts only about 30 minutes. Additionally, to help ensure that all donors receive proper care, clinic staff will monitor the donor while she rests for an hour or two after the procedure.

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