Q: What is an egg donor?
A: An egg donor is a healthy young woman who is between the ages of 21 and 30. Our cut off age for applicants is 33. This special woman donates a few of her eggs to a recipient who strongly desires to have a child but who is unable to produce eggs from her own ovaries. Following their removal, the eggs are fertilized with the recipient’s male partner’s sperm or with donor sperm. The resulting embryos are then placed into the recipient’s uterus. She then has the amazing opportunity of becoming pregnant, carrying, and delivering a child to finally create the family she has so long hoped for. A donor gives one of the most beautiful gifts possible—the gift of potentially growing a family.
Q: Why would someone need an egg donor?
A: The recipient of donor egg(s) is someone who desires to have a child but is unable to produce viable eggs from her own ovaries. Various reasons a woman might not be able to produce eggs include premature ovarian failure, infertility due to poor egg quality or age, severe endometriosis, genetic disorders that she does not want to pass on, or elevated follicle stimulating hormone.
Q: Will donating eggs now affect my chances of getting pregnant later?
A: No. You are born with approximately two million eggs. Each month a group of eggs enter a growth phase that will ultimately result in ovulation. Normally, your body selects only one egg each cycle to ovulate and the remaining eggs from this group do not develop fully and are lost. Fertility medications allow your body to rescue many of those eggs that would have been lost and do not affect any eggs destined to enter growth phase in future cycles.
Q: How many eggs are removed during the retrieval?
A: On average, 10-20 eggs are aspirated (removed) per cycle. Donors can produce sixteen or more eggs.
Q: What are the side effects of the retrieval?
A: You may experience very minor discomfort such as bloating, breast tenderness, or some soreness, and your ovaries will be enlarged.
Q: What are normal activities after the procedure?
A: You MUST have someone drive you home after the procedure. You may find that you will wish to sleep for the remainder of the day after the procedure, and we strongly recommend you take it easy for a few days post retrieval. Your fertility clinic physician may give you other guidelines regarding post-operative activities.
Q: How many times can I be a donor?
A: The number of times you would like to donate is up to you and the fertility clinic physician. However, at A Host of Possibilities we abide by the guidelines set by ASRM, therefore, 6 donations is the maximum you can donate in your lifetime.
Q: Who pays my medical bills?
A: All medical costs are funded by the Intended Parents.
Q: Do I meet the couple receiving my eggs?
A: Yes or No. We are an open and anonymous egg donation agency. Depending on your preference, the recipient may be given your information or they will not know your identity, only your physical characteristics and the details of your medical history, family history, hobbies, and educational background.
Q: Will I have to miss time from school or work?
A: Yes possibly. You will have to go to the clinic three to four times for ultrasounds and blood work. You will also have to miss school or work for one to two days for egg retrieval.
Q: Can the donor have intercourse during the stimulated cycle?
A: A Host of Possibilities prefers you do not have intercourse throughout the cycle, but the fertility clinic physician will give you exact guidelines.