Donor Egg Program
What is involved? What am I expected to do or provide?
You will be thoroughly assessed before being accepted into a Donor Egg Program.
Because being an egg donor--for some--is a daunting process, it is in everyone’s best interest that you understands fully what is involved.
You need to be physically and emotionally healthy and stable. Ask yourelf honestly if you can live with the fact that your biological child will be born to someone else.
The initial examination is similar to any other well-woman prenatal visit to your doctor—including a gynecological exam, blood and urine tests.
There are numerous forms to fill out asking questions about family and health history. Your assessment will also include a psychological evaluation before acceptance into the program.
You will be seen, probably more than once, by a doctor associated with the agency. In other words, they will not accept a report from your own physician.
An agency representative will be assigned to you, who will answer your questions and discuss your rights and responsibilities. He or she will go over all of the implications in fine detail so that you can make an educated decision.
The bottom line is to know everything involved in participating in an Egg donor program. The procedure in becoming an egg donor is not only hard you. It is hard on your family as well. Consider, first, that you will be giving away a potential human being that is genetically related to you.
Secondly, you will be given a drug to inject yourself at home for about ten days. The purpose of the drug is to force the body to produce more than one egg. The side effects of the drug include mood swings, hot flashes, breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting and more.
The drug comes with the risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), in which case your doctor may decide to withdraw you from the program.
These facts are not intended to be frightening. There is nothing life threatening about the procedure. But, it is a big undertaking and difficult to endure.
Discuss everything with your significant other before deciding to enter an Egg Donor Program.
Dr. Christine Strong, NMD
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