An egg retrieval is a technique used in IVF to retrieve the oocytes (eggs) from a woman’s ovaries. The procedure is performed by your physician under twilight sedation and is a 30-minute procedure on average. After the procedure you will be unable to drive for 24 hours due to the anesthesia. Most donors will be able to resume their normal routine 24 to 36 hours after the procedure.
Medications will be used to suppress your ovulation and stimulate your ovaries during the stimulation phase. These medications are usually in the form of injections that you will self-inject daily subcutaneously. The names of some of these medications are Lupron, Follistim, Gonal F, Menopur, Novarel, HCG.
Travel will depend on your location and the location of the IVF clinic you will be working with. Your travel mileage, airfare, lodging, car rental and food allowance, will all be reimbursed and paid for by the intended parents.
An egg donor can donate a maximum of six times, according to ASRM guidelines.
You can experience minor discomfort after the procedure or while taking the injections. Some of the common symptoms are bloating, headaches and cramping. There is a small risk of ovarian hyperstimulation, but the doctors we work with will monitor your ovarian response closely so decrease the risk of hyperstimulation.
We recommend you have medical insurance but if you do not it does not disqualify you from moving forward with the egg donation process. Your intended parent will purchase complication insurance for your treatment cycle.
There are no long-term risks associated with egg donation per the physicians that we partner with. Your physician will be able to provide you with more information at the time of your medical evaluation and answer any additional questions you may have.