What can I expect during the Egg Donation Cycle?
You may experience some bloating, infection, and/or reaction to the anesthetic medication(s). Bleeding is usually minimal and infection is unlikely as an intravenous antibiotic is routinely administered at the time of the procedure. Severe Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), where large amounts of fluid are retained, occurs approximately 1-2% of all cycles and requires immediate medical attention to prevent further complications. Possible psychological side effects may occur during the process. For example, an individual may feel rejected if she is not accepted onto the site or if she is not chosen by IP(s). After you are chosen and begin hormonal treatment, most common emotional responses include mood swings and irritability. If a previously undiscovered health problem is found, this may lead to anxiety. Often high anxiety regarding the procedure is experienced the day of due to situational and hormonal stressors and other possible factors. Post donation, a minority of individuals may experience anxiety or regret, however precautionary screening and education eliminates the majority of individuals that may experience negative emotionality.
However, it is also important to consider the possible positive psychological side effects. For example, knowing that you are helping someone complete the dream of having a family is likely to promote a sense of emotional well being. Likewise, often it can feel empowering to be a medical pioneer as well as being financially compensated for your time, effort, and risk. It is important to speak with your medical practitioner regarding any physical or psychological health concerns, be honest regarding your mental and physical health history, as well as follow the doctor’s instructions carefully to lower any potential risk.