Monthly Archives: February 2012

Becoming an egg donor has no effect on your own fertility

It takes a special kind of woman to be willing and able to share the gift of fertility with an infertile woman. Helping others to achieve their dream of having a child can be a deeply gratifying and even life-altering experience.

You will be more fertile in the month following egg donation than you normally are. After one month, you will return to your normal fertility status. Once you have stopped injecting the fertility medications, they will no longer affect your body or remain in your system.

You should expect a menstrual period within 14 days after the egg retrieval. The first period is likely to be unusually heavy compared to your average period, but this is to be expected, and is a side effect of the stimulation medication. Following the next menstrual cycle, your body should be completely back to normal

There is no evidence at this stage, that egg donation results in infertility on the part of the donor and the fertility medication has no proven long-term effects Many donors donate several times and then go on to have children of their own or have their children first and then donate their eggs. The eggs which do not result in a pregnancy each month are “flushed away” with a menstrual cycle

Egg donation does not deplete your ovarian reserve. Each month you release a number of eggs, but only one comes to maturity, generally. The hormones administered in the donation process stimulate more than one to reach maturity. Women in their 20s have hundreds of thousands of viable eggs, although the number diminishes over time