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The Cons and Risks of Egg Donation

By Edited Mar 21, 2016 0 0

The cons and overall risks of egg donation can be a very real fact. Let’s face it; these hard economic times have many women and men looking to make money relatively quickly especially when in a financial crunch. And it’s true; egg donation for women between the ages of 21 to 35 can be relatively clear cut way to make $6000 to $8000 dollars depending on fertility treatment location and needs.

But make no mistake the money for egg donation is earned. Not only because it can be physically grueling, but because you’ll also submit to some pretty intensive psychological tests too– even during a relatively short cycle time of 3-5 weeks.

So let’s explore the cons of donating ovary eggs first.

  • Your time: You’ll be spending a lot of time getting medical and psychological examinations once you’ve passed your initial screening questions. You’ll need to submit to gynecological exams which look at your pelvis, uterus, ovaries and more. You’ll also submit to blood tests which not only look at your current state of health, but also any genetic susceptibility to cancers, depression and other illnesses. You may even decide that after the initial screening that the process isn’t even worth $6000 dollars or further probing may remove you from the selection altogether, which you won’t be compensated for.
  • Uncertainty: Many times fertility clinics actually prefer donors who’ve already had children to those who have yet to have them. Because you could undergo the donor cycles and wonder if you’re making the right decision. Down the line you may even which to meet the child you’ve helped to create during egg donation. You should know that anonymous donations are possible, however all states require some information on file about the donor. You’ll also have to sign many consent agreements which give up any legal rights you have to any children that may result in successful in vitro fertilization or IVF.
  • Age: Often times, the younger we are the less informed our consent is. We make decisions for all the wrong reasons that we later regret. Egg donation however relies on egg donation of young fertile women ideally between the ages of 21 and 35. The younger on this spectrum actually supports more success IVF success. But youth can also be a detriment, when you feel forced to make this decision based on needing to make some extra money fast.
  • Lifestyle Change: You will be asked to stop all smoking, drinking and any other drug use. You’ll also need to get permission to take any medications during the donor cycle.

The Risks

  • You’re EXTRA Fertile: During your egg donor cycle, you’ll be given fertility drugs to increase the production of your eggs. This means that you must be extra careful to NOT get pregnant during your donor cycle.
  • Potential Cancer Risk of Fertility Drugs: Some research points to ovarian cancer links later in life for women who take fertility drugs. It’s important to note however, that some research shows no cancer linkage at all.
  • Painful Donor Procedures:   Some women report that they feel a lot of pain after the surgical procedure to extract their eggs. This is minor surgery; however you will be given pain killers or sedatives to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

As you can see, there are some real cons and risks of egg donation. This is by no means a walk in the park. In fact most women report that they earned every penny of their compensation for an egg donor procedure.

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