What Is Egg Donation?


Egg donation is where a woman donates viable eggs for reproduction purposes and biomedical research. Normally, women will donate their own eggs to save them for reproduction purposes later on in life or assist other women to conceive who are having fertility issues. At one time, egg donation was considered a taboo, but now it is not because many women are seeking assistance to have a baby due to fertility issues.

What is the procedure for egg donation?

No one can just donate their eggs for others to use for reproduction purposes. There is an extensive procedure before egg donation can be done. Here are the steps and procedure regarding egg donation:

•   Before an egg donor is approved for egg donation they are screened, interviewed, and given a physical to ensure they are in good health both mentally and physically. Also, an egg donor is given intensive genetic testing and a medical exam to ensure that there are no unknown diseases and that they are in good health.

•   The egg donor is given an extensive mental examination to ensure that they are mentally stable and willing to donate some of their eggs.

•   The egg donor must sign a consent form to ensure that they are voluntarily and willingly donating their eggs.

•   The egg donor normally donates 10 to 20 mature eggs.

•   Once the egg donor is approved for donation (has passed all physical exams, mental exams, signed consent form, and signed contract), the process to remove the eggs (embryos) begins.

•   The egg donor must undergo IVF stimulation therapy which is the process of stimulating the uterus to release healthy eggs/embryos.

•   The next step is to remove the healthy eggs/embryos by way of egg retrieval process.

•   Once this is completed the eggs are frozen by way of dry ice until they are ready to be used.

What are the risks regarding the procedure of egg donation?

As with any medical procedure, there are many risks regarding egg donation. If you are based in Denver, you should look into this website for further information- Egg Donation Denver. Here are a few risks concerning egg donation:

•   The egg donor may change their mind at the last minute to donate their eggs.

•   The eggs donated may become bad eggs.

•   The egg donor may suffer some minor irritations from the IVF stimulation process.

•   In some incidences during the IVF stimulation process, the egg donor may suffer liver failure. But this is rare.

•   Another risk is that the egg donor may suffer from ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS). But this is rare and in some cases can be life-threatening.

•   Some egg donors suffer psychological issues after egg donation, but the majority of egg donors were satisfied with their decision to donate their eggs.

•   There can be some legal consequences concerning egg donation. Some court cases involved individuals fighting over who owned the donated eggs.

•   There is a minimal risk for the recipients of the donated egg of contracting a transmittable disease.

•   One major complication for recipients of the donated eggs is multiple births at the same time.

•   There can be complications concerning the childbirth from donated eggs.