The process of donating eggs is similar to the first stage of an IVF cycle. This means you will usually* need to have:
- injections to stimulate your ovaries to produce more eggs
- blood tests and vaginal (internal) ultrasounds to monitor the egg development
- an egg collection procedure. This is usually performed under a light anaesthetic in a hospital and takes approximately twenty minutes.
The eggs are then put together with the recipient partner's sperm (or donor sperm) to fertilise and then become embryos.
Your medical treatment is carefully coordinated with the cycle of the woman who is receiving your eggs (recipient) in order that her body will be physically ready to receive the embryos. You may be required to take the contraceptive pill.
Normally only one embryo is put back into the recipient. If there are other embryos these are usually frozen and stored for further use.
Like all medical treatment there are risks. There is a small risk of making too many eggs (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) of infection, and of bleeding. There is no guarantee that the person you donate to will become pregnant and she may miscarry.
*this information is general only. Your fertility specialist will tailor your treatment to you and your recipient(s)' situation.
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