What you can expect during the Egg Donation Cycle: Egg Donation Risks

Possible Egg Donation Risks:


You may experience some bloating, infection, and/or reaction to the anesthetic medications(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 (OHSS), where large amount of fluid are retained, occurs in approximately 1-2% of all cycles. OHSS requires immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.


Possible psychological side effects may occur during the process. For example, someone may feel rejected if she is not accepted onto the site or if she is not chosen. After you are chosen and begin hormonal treatment, most common emotional responses include mood swings and irritability. If a previous undiscovered problem is found, this my lead to anxiety. Often high anxiety regarding the procedure is experienced the day of the procedure due to situational and hormonal stressors. 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 important to consider the possible positive psychological side effects. 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.