Your Medical Responsibilities During Egg Donation

Making the decision to donate your eggs can offer a woman struggling with infertility the opportunity to carry and give birth to a child. If you are thinking about donating your eggs to a fertility clinic, it's important that you know your medical responsibilities.

Here are three things that you must do during the donation process to increase the viability of the eggs you donate.

1. Undergo extensive medical screening.

In order to be sure that the eggs you are donating will result in a viable and healthy child, a fertility clinic will put you through a rigorous medical screening process prior to approving you as a donor.

You should expect to provide detailed copies of your medical records, undergo a pelvic exam and cervical culture, and give blood that will be tested for infection diseases. Only the healthiest women are approved to become donors, so be prepared to prove your overall health through extensive medical screening.

2. Take birth control medication.

In order for the donation of your eggs to a woman struggling with fertility, your menstrual cycle must sync with the recipient's menstrual cycle. Doctors accomplish this task through the administration of birth control pills.

Taking birth control pills controls when your body releases certain hormones, allowing doctors to gain control over the timing of your cycle. You should be prepared to take birth control pills as prescribed by the fertility doctor in order to increase the odds of your egg donation resulting in a viable pregnancy.

3. Receive hormone injections.

Once you decide that you want to donate your eggs and the fertility clinic decides that you are a good match, you should expect to start receiving hormone injections. These injections are designed to control the actions of your ovaries.

A single egg is released each month during a normal menstrual cycle. Since the retrieval of donated eggs can be costly and time consuming, doctors want to ensure that one of the eggs donated will be viable. Hormone injections that cause the ovary to release multiple eggs instead of just one are administered throughout the donation process. Multiple eggs increases the changes of the recipient getting pregnant, and it also means that you may be able to help more than one women through a single donation procedure.

Taking the time to understand the medical responsibilities associated with the donation of your eggs will help you determine if you are prepared to help women struggling with infertility through the donation of your eggs in the future.