Pros and cons of using donor eggs: is egg donation dangerous?

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    maggie_illinois

    Hello there, I don’t know if this question has been previously answered or if you’ve got a post where it is clarified, but anyway I’m going to ask this question, because I won’t make up my mind until a specialist clarifies my doubts… Well, you see, I’m 17 and I’m considering becoming an egg donor… I’ve always been a generous kind of person, and now that I’m almost an adult I can wait to help other women in their journey to pregnancy… I study Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, so you know how much interested I am on this topic? So please, if anyone could kindly reply to this query and give me a hand, I will be very grateful for that 🙂 Thank you!!!

    November 3, 2015 at 10:54 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Hello Maggie,

    Firstly, to become an egg donor you must be of legal age, that is, older than 18, but no more than 35 years old. If you meet this basic requirement, then you’ll have to undergo a thorough genetic, medical and psychological screening as well as various analyses required to prospective egg donors in every fertility clinic.

    Although the key principles of egg donation may vary greatly if we compare between different countries, basically what you should bear in mind are the following aspects: 1) donor identity, 2) financial compensation, 3) meeting all the requirements, and 4) how many times you can donate your eggs. Besides, it is important to always bear in mind the altruistic side of this process, which according to what you’ve said, you keep to the forefront of your mind. Remember that although in countries such as the US, the economic compensation can reach the amount of $11,000, this compensation is due to all the effort put on the whole process and any nuisance and risk derived from it.

    Perhaps the main disadvantage of getting involved in the egg donation process is that you’ll have to undergo surgery, in which procedure anesthesia is required. It should be clear that anesthesia entails a series of risks. The intake of hormone-based medications such as Ovitrelle is also required to trigger ovulation, this way producing a larger amount of follicles, which translates into more eggs.

    The following topics may be of interest:

    1. Ovitrelle in egg donation, what is it used for?
    2. About the egg donor timeline
    3. What are the side effects of egg donation?
    4. What does egg donation involve?

    Hope this helps 🙂

    November 4, 2015 at 9:18 am
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    Autunm Donor

    In my case it became extremely dangerous. The spouse did not inform her husband she was using an egg donor, and forged his signature on the egg donor contract. White twins were born to a black woman and he found out. All those involved including my own are now in danger.

    November 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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      maggie_illinois

      OMG! So shocking, and how did it end up? Thank you for sharing your story.

      November 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    Patricia_Certain

    Hello ladies, and what about using a known or an anonymous egg donor? I’m not sur. My husband and I are considering using a donor cos my FSH levels are super high… At first it was hard to accept, but my cousin is willing to become my donor, in which case it would be a family member who’s acting as my donor… do u think that’s OK? What are the dangers involved?

    May 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm
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      Sandra F.
      Fertility counselor

      Hello Patricia_Certain,

      The truth is, that this is a very personal decision to make. Using a known donor has a series of pros, but also some cons. It depends on the extent to which you want the donor to build a relationship with your child. Some women state that they prefer an anonymous woman because this way they can rule out any chances of regrets in the future. Also, when saying ‘no’ to the genetic load becomes hard, it might be better to cope with it if the identity of the donor remains unknown, although in other cases it can be useful. It varies on a case-by-case basis, I’m afraid.

      My advice is that you seek help from a psychologist to discuss the pros and cons of both options. Maybe your fertility clinic can refer you to one, in fact.

      The following topic might be helpful too: Not sure if I should choose a known egg donor: things to keep in mind.

      I hope I’ve been able to help,

      Best

      May 12, 2017 at 11:59 am
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