Author: Eos Care Team

Egg Donation FAQs: 15 Burning Questions From Potential Egg Donors

There are some significant benefits to becoming an egg donor, from the fulfillment of helping someone start a family, to the compensation that many egg donation clinics provide.

However, you may have a few questions about the process before you decide to become an egg donor. It’s important that potential donors do their due diligence before signing up, which is why we’ve compiled the following egg donation FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions By Egg Donors

We want to make sure that you make an informed decision about becoming an egg donor. As such, the following are 15 of the most commonly asked questions that potential donors have for fertility experts.

1. Who will you work with during the egg donation process?

If you become an egg donor, then you’re most likely going to be working with a fertility clinic. Reputable fertility clinics are staffed with experienced doctors and embryologists, who are trained in the care of patients undergoing fertility treatments.

These clinics also have nurses and administrative staff who will be there to answer your questions and support you throughout the process.

2. What is the best age for egg donors?

As a woman grows older, the quality of her eggs naturally declines. Most fertility clinics therefore have age requirements, where donors must be aged between 21 and 31. This age range helps ensure egg quality and the success of the donation, while also limiting any health issues that could complicate the egg donation process.

3. Why can you only donate eggs 6 times?

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends women only donate six times in their lifetime. This is due to the potential risks associated with egg retrieval, such as the increased risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Additionally, limiting the number of times someone can donate eggs helps reduce the risk of inadvertent consanguinity. Inadvertent consanguinity occurs when two people that came from the same egg donor inadvertently meet and have offspring together.

4. How can I qualify to become an Eos egg donor?

To become an Eos egg donor, you must meet several requirements. It’s worth noting that different clinics have slightly different requirements. You will also need to pass extensive medical screenings, including both physical and psychological screenings.

At Eos Conception, our basic qualification requirements include the following:

  • Aged between 21 and 31
  • A BMI of 30 or less
  • Non-smoker
  • Non-drug user
  • STD-free
  • U.S. citizen and resident
  • U.S. driver’s license
  • Minimum of a high school diploma (although a college degree is preferred)
  • Normal pap smear

Donating While On Medication

This depends on the specific medications that you are taking. If you take any type of medication for a chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then you should speak with a doctor to determine if your medication will interfere with the donation process. Additionally, there are certain medications that may disqualify you from being an egg donor.

Educational Requirements When Donating With Eos

While having a college degree is preferred, it is not a requirement to become an egg donor through Eos. However, you must have at least a high school diploma, as well meeting the other qualifications listed above, in order to qualify as an egg donor at our clinic.

5. If I’m a previous egg donor, can I still donate with Eos?

Yes, you can be a previous egg donor and still donate with Eos. However, in order to qualify as an egg donor with our clinic, you must meet all of the basic requirements listed above and pass our extensive medical screenings.

As mentioned, you only can donate six times in your lifetime, so if you have already met this limit you will not be able to donate again at our clinic.

6. How is donating with Eos different?

At Eos, our priority is the well-being of the donor and the baby that results from the egg donation.

It’s why we want to educate our donors and ensure that they are making an informed decision about becoming an egg donor. It’s also why we require potential donors to go through such a rigorous screening process. We want to make sure that the donor is physically and mentally healthy, and that her eggs will be healthy as well.

Moreover, not only do we compensate our donors incredibly well, but we make sure to monitor their wellbeing throughout the process and once the process has finished as well. When it comes down to it, the Eos difference is that we take care of our donors.

7. Should I fill out the prescreen questionnaire even if I haven’t decided to donate yet?

Yes, it is generally a good idea to fill out the prescreen questionnaire even if you are not sure whether or not you want to become an egg donor. It only takes an estimated ten minutes to complete and it will allow our team to review your information and determine whether or not you meet the basic requirements for becoming an egg donor.

It also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about egg donation. However, if you are certain that you do not want to become an egg donor, then you do not need to fill out the prescreen questionnaire.

8. If I pass the pre-screen, should I immediately fill out the application?

Yes, if you pass the prescreen questionnaire, you should fill out the egg donor application as soon as possible. This will allow our team to review your information in more detail and determine whether or not you are a good fit for our egg donation program.

It is important to note that even if you pass the prescreen, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as an egg donor. Each applicant is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and factors such as medical history and your overall commitment to the donation process are taken into consideration.

What You’ll Need To Sign

Yes, if you are selected to become an egg donor through Eos, you will need to sign a legal contract. This contract outlines the donation process and your rights and responsibilities as a donor. It also protects both you and our clinic during the donation process, so it’s important that you read and understand the terms of this contract before signing it.

9. How much do egg donors make?

It varies from one clinic to the next, but here at Eos we compensate our egg donors with $8,000 the first time they donate. Moreover, for every subsequent egg donation, we increase our compensation by $500. As such, if you donate a second time, you’ll earn $8,500 and if you donate a third time, you’ll earn $9,000.

This means that you can make as much as $10,500 your sixth time (and last time) you donate. When all is said and done, if you donate six times, you can earn a total of $55,500.

10. How long is the egg donor process?

The egg donor process typically takes about one to two months to complete. This includes the initial screening and application process, the administration of medication, the egg retrieval procedure, and the post-retrieval wellness checkups.

During this time, you will be in regular contact with our team and we will provide you with all of the support and guidance that you need throughout the process.

Are you awake during egg retrieval?

No, you will be sedated during the egg retrieval procedure. As a result, you will feel no pain or discomfort during this process. Egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure and will generally only take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

11. Is egg donation painful?

No, egg donation is not a painful process. You may experience some mild discomfort when receiving injections, such as bruising or soreness, but our team will work with you to minimize any discomfort that you may feel.

Additionally, the hormone injections may cause some bloating or discomfort, but this is usually temporary and can be alleviated with over-the-counter medication.

12. How do you feel after donating eggs?

After donating eggs, you may feel some cramping and bloating. This is normal and typically resolves on its own within a few days. Some women also report feeling emotional after egg donation. This is also normal and is due to the hormones that are used during the egg donation process.

Our team will provide you with support and guidance throughout the egg donation process, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

13. Does egg donation cause weight gain?

No, egg donation does not cause weight gain. However, you may experience some bloating and swelling after the egg retrieval procedure, which typically subsides after a day or two.

14. Can donating eggs affect fertility?

No, egg donation does not affect fertility.

Women are born with around a million eggs. By the time a woman reaches puberty, she’ll have around 300,000 to 400,000 eggs. Out of all these eggs, only 300 to 400 will be ovulated during her fertile years, and only one is required for a live birth – which is why only one egg is fully matured during each menstrual cycle.

The ovarian stimulation process increases the number of eggs that mature during the cycle, which means that you’ll be donating eggs that would have otherwise died off.

As such, donating eggs will have practically no effect on your ovarian reserve and therefore your ability to get pregnant in the future.

15. Is being an egg donor worth it?

There are many reasons why women choose to be egg donors, but ultimately, the decision is a personal one. Some women donate their eggs to help infertile couples have children, while others do it for financial compensation.

Some women also find the experience to be personally rewarding and feel good knowing that they have helped someone else achieve their dream of starting a family.

Whatever your reason for donating is, we find that women who decide to donate feel like it’s worthwhile to do so and don’t regret their decision afterwards.

Consult A Professional

If you are considering becoming an egg donor, it is important to consult a professional first. This is particularly true if you have any questions or concerns about the process, as well as any medical conditions that may affect your eligibility as a donor.

At our clinic, we have fertility experts and doctors who can help answer all of your questions about egg donation and help you determine if egg donation is the right choice for you. We will also work with you to ensure that your experience as a donor is positive and rewarding, both emotionally and financially.

Ready to take the next step in egg donation?

Find out if you qualify as an egg donor by filling out our pre-screen application today!

How To Become An Egg Donor? Qualifications To Donate

Are you thinking about becoming an egg donor? If you are, then one of the primary reasons you’re likely considering it is to help another person or couple have a baby.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are many individuals and couples that need egg donations, not every woman can donate. That is because there are certain qualifications you must meet before you can become an egg donor. These qualifications will vary from agency to agency, but there are some general standards that most agencies follow.

Why Donate Eggs?

We understand that donating eggs is a big commitment. Your time is valuable, which is exactly why we provide financial benefits to our donors. However, money isn’t the only reason that you should be thinking about donating your eggs.

Most women who decide to donate do so because of an intrinsic motivation to help others. They want to feel a great sense of pride in knowing that they’ve helped someone realize their dream of becoming a parent. As such, we go through great lengths to make the donation process as easy and safe as possible.

As part of our screening process, you’ll go through various physical, mental, and genetic testing and evaluations to ensure the quality of your eggs. We have a thorough vetting process in place to ensure that both the donor and the eggs being donated are healthy, and that the egg donation process doesn’t risk the wellbeing of the donor.

How To Become An Egg Donor Candidate

Although there are no federal laws in place that regulate the egg donation process, most fertility clinics and agencies follow similar guidelines when it comes to screening potential donors. With that in mind, the following are the minimum eligibility requirements for egg donation here at Eos Conception:

  • BMI ≤ 30: You must be in good health and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less. This is to ensure that the egg retrieval process is as minimally invasive as possible and that you have a low risk of developing any serious side effects or complications.
  • Age 21-31: Donors must be between the ages of 21 and 31. We want to make sure that our donors are physically mature and have the maturity to make an informed decision, follow instructions, and commit to the egg donation schedule. We don’t accept donors over the age of 31 because egg quality begins to decline around this age.
  • Tobacco, vaping, drugs, and STD free: You must be free of any tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes. You must also be drug-free and have no history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This is to ensure that the recipient and baby remain healthy, and that no diseases are transmitted either.
  • Normal pap smear: You must have had a normal pap smear – as defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – within the last two years. This is to ensure that you don’t have any cervical abnormalities that could complicate the egg retrieval process.
  • Minimum of high school diploma, college degree preferred: We prefer that our donors have at least a college degree, although we will accept those with a high school diploma. An education helps ensure that donors are more likely to make informed and educated decisions regarding their choice to donate.
  • No family history of genetic diseases: Potential donors are screened for potential genetic diseases to ensure that the baby conceived from the eggs is not at risk of inheriting those diseases.
  • U.S. citizen and resident: All of our donors must be U.S. citizens and current residents. This is for legal reasons as well as to ensure that our donors can make it to all their appointments on time.
  • U.S. driver’s license: A U.S. driver’s license is required to ensure that our donors can get to their appointments on time.

The Application And Evaluation Process Of Egg Donation

Although we have some basic requirements for donation eligibility, it’s worth noting that our application and evaluation process goes beyond this. In fact, our process is very thorough and consists of several different stages. It can take up to two weeks to complete the evaluation process and qualify as an egg donor. The following are the different stages of our evaluation process:

Pre-Screening Application

Our pre-screening application, which is also known as the Short Egg Donor Application, is the first step in our evaluation process. The application consists of 15 questions that help us determine whether or not you meet our basic requirements. The pre-screening application shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to fill out.

Overall Egg Donor Application

Once the pre-screen application is reviewed and it’s determined that you meet all of our basic requirements, you’ll need to fill out our overall egg donor application, which is a more in-depth application that will take around 60 to 90 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked for:

  • Your family history
  • Your medical history
  • Personal application
  • Personal profile
  • Childhood photos

Phone Consultation

Once you’ve completed your overall egg donor application, one of our Eos specialists will contact you to schedule an over-the-phone consultation to discuss your application. This consultation typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes.

Legal Implications And Disclosure Considerations

During this stage of our evaluation process, you’ll meet with one of our legal representatives to discuss the legal implications and disclosure considerations associated with egg donation.

It’s important to understand that once you donate your eggs, you will not have any legal rights or responsibilities to the child that is conceived as a result of your donation.

Here at Eos Conception, we provide a free legal consultation so that all of your questions and concerns about egg donation can be addressed. One of our experienced fertility attorneys will go over all legal implications and disclosure considerations of being an egg donor.

It’s our goal to make sure that each donor is educated about every step of the process –- including all the legalities – so that they can ultimately make an informed decision.

Medical Screening And Testing

The next stage of our evaluation process is medical screening and testing. Once you’ve reviewed the legal implications and disclosure considerations of egg donation, one of our fertility specialists will review your medical history to make sure that you don’t have any medical conditions that would make egg donation unsafe for you.

You’ll also need to undergo an ultrasound, as well as have your blood drawn to check for communicable diseases.

Physician Consultation And Physical Examination

After your medical screening and testing are complete, you’ll have a consultation with one of our fertility specialists. During this consultation, the doctor will review your medical tests and any other relevant information to determine if you’re a good candidate for egg donation. You’ll also undergo a physical examination to make sure that you’re in good health.

Genetic Testing

If you’re determined to be a good candidate for egg donation, you’ll undergo genetic testing. This testing is done to rule out any genetic disorders that could be passed on to the child.

Psychological Counseling And Screening

Last, but not least, you’ll need to undergo psychological counseling and screening. This is done to make sure that you’re emotionally and psychologically prepared for egg donation and that you understand all of the risks and implications associated with the process.

A psychologist will review your psychological history to make sure that you don’t have any underlying mental health issues that could impact your well-being during egg donation.

Beyond The Physical Qualifications

The egg donation process can take up to two months in total to complete, and it can be both physically and emotionally stressful.

The physical screenings are thorough to ensure that the donor’s health won’t be at risk during the process (which includes multiple hormone injections as well as an invasive egg retrieval procedure) and that the eggs are healthy.

However, both the physical aspect of the process and the fact that a child will be conceived from the donated eggs can also cause emotional stress, which is why we require our donors to go through psychological counseling and screening.

It’s not just about qualifying on a physical level, you must also have the strategies to cope with all the implications of the donation.

How Many Times Can You Donate Eggs?

Egg donation is a very safe procedure, but there are still some risks associated with it. For example, the egg retrieval process (which is done under anesthesia) carries a very small risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, or damage to the bowel or bladder.

Additionally, the hormonal injections that are given to stimulate egg maturity can, in rare instances, result in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Because of these risks, we only allow our donors to go through the egg donation process a maximum of six times, as recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). By limiting the number of times you can donate, you also reduce the risk of OHSS.

Start Your Application And Find Out If You Qualify

If you want to help childless couples and individuals achieve their dream of starting a family, egg donation may be the perfect option for you. The process is both physically and emotionally demanding, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding experience.

If you think you might be interested in egg donation, the first step is to start the application process. Fill out our pre-screening application today to determine if you meet our minimum requirements for egg donation.

Want to check your eligibility for becoming an egg donor?

Begin the Pre-screening Application.

Can You Donate Eggs If You Have Depression? 6 Reasons It’s Risky

Depression is a serious mental illness that can have a profound effect on every aspect of your life. As a result, many egg donor programs tend to discourage women with depression from donating eggs. However, it’s important to note that depression doesn’t automatically disqualify potential donors.

Here at Eos, our priority is ensuring the well-being of our donors and their safety in the donation process. We perform thorough mental health screenings on all potential donors to determine their suitability to donate. Every case is unique, which means we make recommendations on a case-by-case basis.

If you have depression and you’re thinking about donating, you should be aware that there are several reasons why it may be risky to donate. As such, it’s important that you disclose your mental health history so we can provide the best advice for your situation.

Pre-Donation Screenings

When you are considering donating your eggs, you will need to complete a series of thorough pre-screening evaluations. These evaluations are not designed to disqualify you as a donor.

Rather, they are designed to be thorough in order to detect any issues or concerns that may affect the egg donation process. In this way, we can minimize any potential risks to the donors and maximize conception outcomes for the recipients.

A history of depression or other mental health issues can have a significant impact on egg donation. These screenings are used to help us understand your specific situation and make recommendations based on this, which is why it’s critical that you be honest and upfront about any conditions you may have, including depression.

Psychological Evaluation By A Mental Health Professional

Once you’ve passed the pre-screening, a mental health professional will assess your emotional and psychological state during a more thorough screening process. This assessment may include in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and/or checklists designed to fully evaluate your mental health.

As a result of such an in-depth screening, we may even diagnose potential mental health issues that you may not have been aware of.

During this psychological evaluation, potential donors will be asked about each factor that has affected their mental health and physical health in the past, including:

  • Prior medication: We will ask about any medications you have taken in the past, as well as any side effects or reactions to these.
  • Substance abuse history: We will also ask about any history of drug or alcohol abuse, as this can have a significant impact on your ability to donate eggs.
  • Interpersonal relationships: You will be asked about your current and past relationships in order to get a sense of your emotional state and overall support system.
  • Traumatic events: We will ask about any traumatic events you have experienced in the past, as these can have a significant impact on your mental health.

6 Reasons It’s Risky To Donate Eggs If You Have Depression

Depression and other mental health conditions can impact the egg donation process. There are several reasons for this, however the most important reason we consider is the risk to the donor.

Our priority is the well-being of our donors, both during and after the egg donation process. It can be too risky for women with depression to donate their eggs, as the donation process may negatively affect their mental health.

With that in mind, the following are six specific reasons why it’s risky to donate eggs if you have depression.

1. Donors Must Be Completely Committed

The egg donation process is an involved process. It can take anywhere from one to two months to complete an egg donation. You’ll also need to be able to follow instructions and attend scheduled appointments on time. Depression can sometimes interfere with your ability to do these things.

If you are struggling with your depression at any time during the egg donation process, it could affect your ability to complete the donation process. Not to mention that you ought to be working on your mental health at this point, in which case committing to the egg donation process may simply be too much.

2. Antidepressants May Interfere With Fertility Medications

The egg donation process involves taking fertility medications, including hormone injections, to stimulate the eggs for retrieval. Antidepressants may interfere with this process as they can also change hormone levels. Certain types of antidepressants may therefore be contraindicated in the egg donation process due to this interference with the fertility medications.

If you are currently taking antidepressants, it’s important to discuss your situation with your doctor and the staff conducting your evaluation so they can determine if it’s safe for you to proceed with egg donation.

3. Stressors May Affect Your Ability To Cope

The egg donation process can be quite stressful. It involves taking hormones and undergoing various medical procedures, all while managing the emotional and psychological aspects of donating eggs. If you have depression, it’s important to be aware of these potential stressors and how they may impact your mental health.

Feeling emotional during or after the egg donation process is normal. However, it’s important that donors have strategies and the ability to cope with these emotions. If depression affects your ability to manage these situations, you may struggle to cope with any feelings you experience as a result of the egg donation.

4. Some Mental Health Disorders Are Genetic

As some mental health conditions are genetic, there is a possibility that these conditions could be passed down to the child that is conceived as a result of your egg donation. It is important to understand this link, which is why we screen potential donors and perform genetic testing as part of our screening process.

The following are two types of genetic disorders we screen for:

Chromosomal Disorders

A health disorder that is genetic is a chromosomal disorder. These disorders are caused by a change in the number or structure of chromosomes. Studies have linked chromosomal abnormalities to mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Multifactorial Disorders

Some mental health disorders can be multifactorial in nature. For example, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is an example of a multifactorial disorder. Multifactorial disorders are caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. As such, they can be difficult to test for. Predictive testing can be done, although it’s not diagnostic.

5. Fertility Hormones May Worsen Mental Health Conditions

The hormones used in fertility treatments can sometimes worsen mental health conditions because they can cause hormonal imbalances. For example, if you have bipolar disorder, the hormonal changes caused by fertility treatments could trigger a manic episode.

Other mental health conditions that may be exacerbated by fertility hormones include anxiety disorders and depression. This is why it’s important to speak with your doctor about your mental health history before starting any treatment.

6. Your Circumstances Could Change

There are many reasons to donate. However, if you’re struggling with depression at the time that you’ve decided to donate, your intentions could change over the course of the process.

For example, maybe you recently experienced a traumatic event and are looking for a way to cope by helping others. Or, perhaps you’re in the midst of a depressive episode and feel the need to help someone else create life.

There’s nothing wrong with having these motivations. However, if you’re currently in the midst of struggling with your mental wellbeing, your intentions could change dramatically. You may go from wanting to donate eggs to not wanting to in the middle of the donation process.

Consult A Fertility Expert

If you have a history of depression and you’re thinking about donating eggs, be sure to speak with a fertility expert. It’s essential that you understand the potential risks involved with donating your eggs.

After all, having depression doesn’t automatically disqualify you from donating your eggs. It’s just a matter of making sure that the egg donation process is safe and won’t negatively affect your mental health.

Understand your options for egg donation.

Consult one of our fertility experts today or start a pre-screening application!

Does Egg Donation Cause Infertility? What Egg Donors Need To Know

If you’re thinking about donating your eggs, then chances are you want to know about any potential risks before doing so. One of the biggest concerns you might have about the egg donation process is whether or not it will affect your fertility.

After all, just because you want to help someone to start a family doesn’t mean that you won’t want to start your own family at some point in the future. Fortunately, you’ll be pleased to know that donating eggs does not cause infertility.

Egg donation is a very safe and common procedure that helps intended parents who may not be able to conceive on their own to start a family. While there are some risks associated with any medical procedure, the risks of egg donation are minimal. In fact, most women who donate eggs go on to have children of their own in the future without any problems.

Fertility Medication And Hormones

During a typical menstrual cycle, roughly 10 to 20 eggs will begin to mature. Out of this group of eggs, only one will be ovulated – the rest will be reabsorbed by the body.

In the case of egg donation, hormone medications are administered to ensure that the entire group of eggs will mature. Basically, the eggs that would have normally been lost during the standard cycle will mature so that they can be retrieved.

As with any medication, there are potential side effects to taking these hormone medications. The most common side effect is mild discomfort or bloating. Some women also experience mood swings, headaches, or hot flashes. However, these side effects are usually temporary and resolve once the medication cycle is completed.

Fertility Medication Is Safe To Use

The fertility medication used in the egg donation process is safe to use and the dosages are carefully calculated to minimize any potential risks. The entire process is closely monitored by a team of medical professionals to ensure that donors do not experience any adverse side effects, or that any side effects are addressed immediately if they do arise.

Additionally, these fertility medications have been used for many years, and their safety has been well-established. In fact, fertility medications are used by many women who are not egg donors, such as those undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), and go on to have healthy babies without any problems.

What Happens Once You Stop Taking Your Medication?

Once you stop taking your fertility medications, your body and hormone levels will return back to normal. If you have any concerns about the side effects of the medication, or if you experience any unusual symptoms, then you should contact your medical team.

In most cases, however, the side effects of the medication are temporary and will resolve on their own once you are no longer taking the medication.

Known Fertility Complications After Egg Donation

The egg donation process is very safe, but there are some rare complications that can occur. It’s even rarer that these complications will lead to any issues that would affect your fertility. Generally speaking, severe complications are the result of an issue being left untreated.

However, it’s still important that you understand the potential complications so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to become an egg donor. These can include:

  • Cramping, bloating, and discomfort: These symptoms are all common side effects of the egg donation process, and they can be local to the injection site. However, these side effects are usually mild and resolve on their own once the medication cycle is complete.
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a rare condition that can occur when the ovaries swell with fluids, which can leak into the body. Symptoms of OHSS are typically mild and may include abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating. More severe symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea.

    If left untreated, OHSS can lead to serious complications, such as kidney failure or blood clots. However, OHSS can be easily treated by a medical professional. The majority of women who develop OHSS make a full recovery and go on to have healthy babies in the future.
  • Ovarian torsion: Ovarian torsion is a very rare condition that can be caused by OHSS. It occurs when the ovaries become twisted. Symptoms of ovarian torsion include severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

    Surgery may be required to reposition the ovaries. If treated, ovarian torsion does not cause any long-term complications. If left untreated, it could result in the loss of an ovary.
  • Infection or bleeding: There is a small risk of infection or bleeding after the egg retrieval due to the fact that it is an invasive surgical procedure, even though it is a minor procedure. Infections tend to be rare and can usually be treated with antibiotics. If any bleeding occurs, it is usually mild and our nurses will keep you under observation until the bleeding stops.

How To Address Your Fertility Concerns Before Donating

If you have any concerns about your fertility, it’s important to speak with your medical team before you start the egg donation process. They can answer any questions that you have and help put your mind at ease. The following are a few examples to ask your doctor about:

  • Discuss the conditions that could affect your fertility: Be sure to disclose any medical conditions you may have to your medical team so they can discuss with you how these conditions could affect your fertility. This includes conditions like endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and uterine fibroids.
  • Insist on all the available pre-screening tests: There are a number of tests that can be done to assess your fertility. These tests can help ensure that you are healthy enough to donate your eggs and that you have a good chance of getting pregnant in the future.

    Here at Eos Conception, we require you to go through extensive medical screenings and tests to ensure that your health and fertility won’t be at risk during the egg donation process.
  • Communicate your concerns openly and honestly: The egg donation process is a big decision and it’s important that you feel confident in your decision. If you have any concerns, be sure to communicate them openly and honestly with your medical team.

    The last thing you should do is commit to the egg donation process despite having doubts and concerns that were never addressed. This will only make the process stressful and more difficult.

How To Protect Your Reproductive Health Throughout The Donation Process

While there are a few risks involved in the egg donation process, there are a few things that you can do to help protect your reproductive health. The following are a few tips to help reduce the risk of developing complications that could affect your fertility:

  • Follow the medical advice from your clinic: The team at your fertility clinic will be with you every step of the way and they will always have your best interests in mind. Be sure to follow their medical advice and recommendations to help minimize any risks.
  • Practice abstinence during the donation process: It’s important to practice abstinence during the egg donation process, as the risk of pregnancy is high during this time. Additionally, avoiding sexual activity will help reduce the risk of developing an infection or other complications as well.
  • Pay close attention to changes in your body: Be aware of any changes in your body before, during, and after the egg donation process. If you notice any changes that concern you, be sure to raise these issues with your medical team. They will be able to assess the situation and determine if there is any cause for concern.
  • Get fertility check-ups regularly: It’s essential to monitor your fertility even after you finish donating your eggs. Be sure to get regular check-ups and fertility tests to monitor your reproductive health.
  • Maintain open communication with your fertility clinic: Even after you’ve donated your eggs, it’s important to maintain open communication with your fertility clinic. They will be able to provide you with information and resources about your reproductive health.
  • Prioritize a healthy lifestyle: The healthier you are, the less likely you’ll be to experience complications during the egg donation cycle. As such, avoid drinking, smoking, and drug use, especially during the donation process. Be sure to eat a healthy diet and avoid strenuous physical activity for a week or two before egg retrieval.

How Freezing Your Own Eggs Can Be Beneficial

Egg freezing is a process where your eggs are retrieved and then frozen using a rapid freezing technique called vitrification. You can use your frozen eggs at any point in the future to start a family.

Whether or not you decide to donate eggs, freezing your own eggs for yourself is a great option if you want to have children in the future but aren’t ready to have them now. It can also provide peace of mind if you want to protect your fertility in the event that you are diagnosed with a condition that could affect your eggs.

Doing so will ensure that you have access to your own high quality eggs whenever you’re ready. Egg freezing is a safe and effective way to preserve your fertility, and is therefore an option that you could discuss with your fertility specialist.

Know Your Fertility Facts Before You Donate

It’s important to remember that egg donation is a medical procedure and, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. The vast majority of egg donors do not experience any serious problems, however they can still occur.

Before you decide to become an egg donor, you should consult with a doctor to discuss your medical history and any conditions that may affect your fertility. Doing so will help you better understand the risks and potential complications associated with egg donation.

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Is Donating Eggs Worth It?

If you are thinking about donating your eggs, then odds are you’re doing so because you want to help someone else achieve their dream of having a baby. Egg donation is an incredibly generous act that is not without its share of rewards, both in terms of emotional fulfillment and the financial compensation.

However, donating eggs is not like donating blood. It’s a lot more involved and requires more than just an hour or two of your time. As such, it’s important to make an informed decision about whether becoming an egg donor will be worth it for you.

Egg Donation Is A Major Decision

Egg donation is not a quick or easy process. It requires multiple doctor’s appointments, a series of medical testing and screenings (which include physical exams, psychological screenings, genetic testing, ultrasounds, and more), weeks of medication administered by injection, and an invasive surgery called egg retrieval (in which the eggs are removed from the ovaries).

The entire process can take upwards of two months to complete. Throughout this time, you will have to commit to attending all of your scheduled appointments and following all the instructions given to you.

This may include temporarily adjusting your lifestyle habits, such as eating a healthier diet and abstaining from sexual intercourse (as there is a high risk of pregnancy during this time).

Not to mention that you may have to deal with some of the potential side effects and risks of the injections and surgery, which can include everything from mood swings to bloating. Other side effects may include pelvic pain and, in rare cases, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

OHSS may cause mild to moderate symptoms that include bloating, abdominal discomfort, nausea, tenderness, diarrhea, and vomiting. However, it’s important to note that in rare cases (especially in cases that are left untreated).

OHSS symptoms can become more severe, and may include more significant abdominal pain, weight gain, nausea, vomiting, and even blood clots. In some cases, hospitalization is required.

So, before you decide to become an egg donor, you need to be sure that you’re properly informed about the process and ready to make the commitment.

The Reasons Egg Donors Donate

Despite the one- to two-month commitment that is required, countless women still decide to become egg donors. There are many reasons why women choose to donate their eggs.

For some, it’s simply about wanting to help give someone the chance to start a family, while others donate for financial compensation. Some women may have friends or family members who have struggled with infertility, so are motivated by helping people in similar situations.

Of course, there are also plenty of women who choose to donate for both emotional fulfillment and compensation. We do want to point out that here at Eos Conception, we find that donors who are intrinsically motivated to donate their eggs tend to feel more fulfilled by their decision to do so.

Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is when someone is driven to do something because they personally want to, not because they feel like they have to or because they’re being paid to do it. Those with intrinsic motivation are motivated by a personal desire to achieve something, not by external factors.

When it comes to egg donation, intrinsic motivation is one of the best reasons to donate. Women who are driven by a desire to help others achieve their dreams of parenthood tend to have a more positive experience throughout the egg donation process.

As a result, they are more likely to complete all of their appointments, follow all of the instructions from the medical team, and find the process worth the time and effort.

It’s important to note that according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the majority of egg donors were happy with their decision, whether they donated for compensation or simply to help couples and individuals who couldn’t conceive on their own.

The Financial Rewards Of Egg Donation

Egg donors are compensated for their time, effort, and commitment. The compensation varies depending on the fertility clinic, but it is generally very good.

Egg donation takes upwards of two months, and it can be quite a demanding process. If you are donating for the money, it can end up taking a toll on you. Women who are driven by a desire to help others achieve their dreams of parenthood tend to have a more positive experience throughout the egg donation process.

Compounding Compensation With Each Donation

Although the compensation varies from clinic to clinic, we use a compounding compensation system. This means you are compensated more for each additional donation you make.

At Eos Conception, we offer an initial compensation of $8,000. For every subsequent egg donation you make, we increase that compensation by $500. You can donate up to six times in your lifetime, meaning you can earn $10,500 the sixth time you donate.

This is our way of thanking our donors for their time and commitment. We understand that egg donation is a big decision, and we want to make sure our donors are properly compensated for their efforts.

Understanding The Process Is Key To Making An Informed Decision

Donating your eggs is a major decision. After all, the eggs you donate will likely result in the birth of a child. As such, it’s crucial that you understand all the implications of your decision. Do your research, talk to friends and family, and reach out to our experts if you have any questions about the process.

We also recommend talking with your primary care physician about the decision to donate your eggs. Additionally, consulting a psychologist and an experienced reproductive lawyer is important to ensure that you have as much information as possible and understand the implications of your decision.

Consider Your Motivation Before Deciding To Donate Eggs

If you are considering egg donation, ask yourself if you have intrinsic motivation to do so. Keep in mind that egg donation is a significant commitment that requires a lot of time and energy, and there are some physical and emotional risks to be aware of as well.

Those who are intrinsically motivated to donate their eggs are more likely to have a positive experience and feel the decision to donate is worth it.

As long as you are fully aware of all the potential benefits as well as consequences, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not egg donation is right for you. If you decide to donate your eggs, you’ll be rewarded with the knowledge that you are helping others create a family.

Find out if you qualify to become an egg donor by starting a prescreen today.

Freezing Your Eggs For Future Pregnancy

As a woman grows older, her fertility naturally declines. Although fertility usually isn’t an issue for a woman in her 20s or early 30s, not all women want to have a child at this age.

If you don’t want to have a child right away but you want to have your own child at some point in the future, preserving your eggs by freezing them is a great option. Having access to your frozen eggs will improve your odds of getting pregnant in the future when your fertility naturally declines.

What Is Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing is a preservation process where a woman’s eggs are extracted, frozen, and stored for future use. The eggs can be thawed at a later date and used in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to help her become pregnant.

Egg freezing is commonly used by women who want to preserve their eggs before their fertility declines over time, so they are still able to give birth to their own child at some point in the future.

Egg freezing is also used in the egg donation process. Whenever a woman donates eggs, those eggs are often frozen until a suitable recipient is found. This way, the donor doesn’t have to wait for a match to be found to donate.

Reasons Why Some Women Consider Egg Freezing

Many women decide to freeze their eggs while they are young and healthy so that they have a better chance of getting pregnant at some point in the future. The following are a few reasons why some women may consider freezing their eggs:

Personal Or Social Reasons

Some women may want to freeze their eggs so they are able to delay pregnancy for personal or social reasons. For example, they may want to focus on their career or travel the world before starting a family. Other women may not have found the right partner yet, or may not be in a stable financial situation where they can afford to have and raise children.

Security Reasons

Egg freezing can provide security for women who want to have their own biological children at some point in the future, just not now. As fertility decreases with age, a woman may want to freeze her eggs while she is young and fertile to safeguard her future. Egg freezing helps give her the option to have children later in life when her fertility may have naturally decreased.

Medical Conditions Affecting Fertility

Some women have medical conditions that may affect their fertility in the near future, such as premature ovarian failure. Women in this position may choose to freeze their eggs before these conditions affect their fertility.

Moreover, for women with cancer who are set to undergo chemotherapy, pregnancy is usually not an option. Chemotherapy can also affect future fertility, so some women choose to freeze their eggs before starting treatment so that they can still have their own children in the future.

Ovarian Damage Due To Surgery

Some women who are scheduled to undergo a surgery that could damage their ovaries, such as a hysterectomy, may consider freezing their eggs before the surgery. This way, they still have the option to have children in the future if the surgery damages their ovaries and affects their fertility.

Reproductive Disorders

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that can cause irregular periods, excess hair growth, and cysts on the ovaries. Not to mention, it can also make it difficult to get pregnant. As PCOS can affect fertility, women with PCOS who want to have a child in the future may consider freezing their eggs.

Chromosomal Abnormalities

Chromosomal abnormalities, such as Turner syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 2500 girls and occurs when one of the two X chromosomes normally found in females is partially or completely missing can affect one’s ability to have children. Egg freezing offers the Turner syndrome community the option to have a biological child.

Early Menopause

Menopause is the natural decline in reproductive hormones in the body, which leads to infertility. Early menopause is a term that describes when a woman goes through menopause before the age of 40.

Some women with a family history of early menopause might consider freezing their eggs to ensure they can still have a child in the future. This is possible through assistive technologies, such as in IVF, even for women who have gone through menopause.

Undergoing IVF

The IVF process involves the retrieval of a mature egg that’s then fertilized in a lab. There are many reasons why a woman might undergo IVF. For example, maybe she doesn’t have a partner and is using a sperm donor, in which case she would use her own eggs. Women undergoing IVF may consider freezing their eggs as a backup in case the IVF doesn’t work.

The Egg Freezing Process

The process of freezing your eggs is very thorough, although it’s not as complicated as it might seem at first glance. There are numerous steps that you’ll have to go through, which are put in place to ensure not only the health of the eggs that you freeze, but also your own physical and emotional wellbeing.

With that in mind, the following are the steps that you’ll have to go through in order to freeze your eggs.

Blood Test Screenings

Once you’ve undergone a pre-screening process and have consulted with a doctor, the next step in the egg freezing process is to undergo a series of blood tests. These blood tests are important in order to check for any potential medical conditions that could affect the health of your eggs and success of the egg freezing procedure.

You’ll also be screened for infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis, as well as for any genetic disorders.

Additionally, you’ll also have your ovarian reserve tested. This blood test measures your blood hormone levels, which can indicate the number of eggs that are remaining in your ovaries. The results will give your doctor an idea of whether your number of eggs is typical for your age and can also allow your doctor to rule out any potential hormonal imbalances.

Ovarian Stimulation

After the initial blood tests, you’ll begin the process of ovarian stimulation. This involves taking hormone medication, usually in the form of injections, for around two weeks. The medication encourages the ovaries to stimulate multiple eggs during each menstrual cycle.

You’ll also be required to have regular ultrasounds and blood tests during this time so that your doctor can monitor your progress and make sure that the medication is working as it should.

Egg Retrieval

Once the eggs have matured, you’ll undergo a procedure called egg retrieval. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed under anesthesia. During the egg retrieval, a needle is inserted into the ovaries in order to collect the relevant eggs. As you’ll be sedated, you won’t feel anything during this process.

The egg retrieval usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, and you’ll be able to go home the same day. It’s normal to experience some cramping and bloating after the procedure, but this should subside within a few days.

Freezing

Once the eggs have been retrieved, they’ll be frozen using a process called vitrification. This is a rapid freezing process that helps to prevent the formation of ice crystals (which can damage the eggs). The eggs will be stored in a tank of liquid nitrogen and can be kept frozen for many years. When you’re ready to use your frozen eggs, they’ll be thawed and fertilized using IVF.

How Much Does Egg Freezing Cost?

There are several costs associated with the egg freezing process. The costs will vary from one person to another based on the type of insurance coverage you have and the fertility center you’re using.

If you’re choosing to freeze your eggs because of a cancer diagnosis or some other medical condition that can affect your fertility, you may be able to receive more financial coverage.

For example, it can cost anywhere between $6,000 and $10,000 for each round of egg freezing, which includes the medication, ultrasound, bloodwork, and egg retrieval procedure. Storing your frozen eggs can cost an additional $600 per year, which means the total will depend on how long you decide to store your eggs for.

Finally, it will typically cost around $18,000 to thaw your frozen eggs and use them in an IVF cycle. When all is said and done, the entire egg freezing, storage, dethawing, and IVF process can be expensive.

However, the cost is well worth it for many women as it gives them a real chance to build a family when they are ready to. If the costs are prohibitive (especially if your insurance doesn’t provide adequate coverage), be sure to request information about any financing programs that are available.

Most fertility centers can help provide you with a financial solution through a partner financial institution.

Are There Any Risks From The Procedure?

The egg freezing process is considered to be a low-risk procedure. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks that you should be aware of. These risks include:

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

One of the risks associated with ovarian stimulation is a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This occurs when the ovaries become too large and too many eggs are stimulated. Symptoms of OHSS include mild abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting.

Severe symptoms may include more severe pain and nausea as well as shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, and blood clots, and may require hospitalization.

Fortunately, OHSS is a rare complication and only occurs in around 1% of women who undergo ovarian stimulation. Even if you do develop OHSS, symptoms tend to be milde. Additionally, most women who develop OHSS go on to have a successful pregnancy in the future.

Complications From The Egg Retrieval Procedure

Another risk associated with the egg freezing process is complications from egg retrieval. Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, which means that there are very few risks involved.

However, as with any surgery, there is a small risk of infection. If the procedure is not done correctly, it can also result in injuries to the ovaries, bladder, uterus, and bowel. You may experience some cramping and bloating after the procedure, which is normal. Any side effects are typically mild and will resolve on their own within a few days.

Risks Of Miscarriage In Older Women

There is also a slightly higher risk of miscarriage for frozen eggs from older women. This is because your eggs are more likely to have chromosomal abnormalities the older you get. A significant number of miscarriages are linked to chromosomal abnormalities; in fact, 50 percent of first trimester miscarriages are linked to chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.

Emotional Distress

Finally, it’s important to be aware that the egg freezing process can be emotionally stressful. This is especially true if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition that could affect your fertility. It’s important to have a support system in place during this time to help you through the process.

Success Rate Of Egg Preservation

It is difficult to determine a specific success rate of egg preservation, as there are so many factors that can affect the outcome. After all, not every egg will result in an embryo, not every embryo will result in a pregnancy, and not every pregnancy will result in a baby. As such, there is no guarantee that freezing your eggs will result in a future pregnancy or baby.

If you look at the overall success rate of a single frozen egg, it’s somewhat low. However, a single round of IVF involves several eggs, which helps boost the overall success rate.

Additionally, the success rate of eggs resulting in pregnancies also depends on the age of the woman at the time of the egg retrieval. Odds are that if you freeze your eggs at the age of 22, they’ll be more likely to result in a future pregnancy than if you freeze your eggs at the age of 35.

Keeping this in mind, the following are a few statistics on the egg freezing success rate:

  • Around 90 to 97%of eggs retrieved that are frozen and thawed survive
  • The fertilization success rate of thawed eggs is between 71 and 79%
  • The successful implantation rate is between 17 and 41%
  • The successful pregnancy rate is between 4.5 and 12%

When To Freeze Your Eggs

As women age, fertility naturally declines. This is why it’s generally recommended that you freeze your eggs before the age of 35. Some women may choose to freeze their eggs much earlier if they have a family history of early menopause or if they are undergoing treatment for a medical condition that could affect their fertility.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) suggests that the best time to freeze your eggs is in your 20s or early 30s.

Is Freezing Your Eggs A Good Idea?

Egg freezing can give you the ability to have a baby later on in life and may provide some peace of mind. However, it’s not a guarantee. However, if the thought of having your eggs frozen gives you some comfort about your future fertility, then it may be worth considering.

This is especially true if you think that your fertility may be affected (whether by age or a medical condition) by the time you’re ready to have a child.

Whatever your reasoning for freezing your eggs, it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly. You’ll want to have a thorough conversation with your support network and doctor about the risks and potential benefits before making a decision.

Learn about our fresh and frozen egg donor programs and what we can do to help!

What To Expect After Egg Retrieval

Not all women can conceive a child naturally and certainly, some LGBTQ+ couples and individuals rely on third-party assistance in conception. Egg donation is therefore very meaningful as it gives parents-to-be an opportunity to build their own family. Our egg donors find it is a positive and rewarding experience for this reason.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about donating eggs with Eos, including what’s involved, how long it takes, and if there are any side effects after the egg retrieval procedure. It may help answer a few questions if you are considering becoming an egg donor.

Understanding How The Egg Retrieval Process Works

As a potential egg donor, it’s important to understand what to expect after egg retrieval in order to prepare for the process. The egg retrieval procedure itself is safe and minimally invasive, but there are a few other stages in the process that are important to know about. These stages include:

  1. Pre-Screening
  2. Medical Screening And Testing
  3. Ovarian Stimulation Cycle
  4. The Egg Retrieval Procedure
  5. Post Egg Retrieval Recovery

Let’s discuss what happens during each of these stages and what you can expect.

What Happens During Pre-Screening

Pre-screening is the first stage in the egg donor application process and helps determine if you meet the minimum requirements of donation. Pre-screening a specialist will review your personal, family, and medical history. They will also discuss the egg donation process and answer questions you may have.

What Happens During Medical Screening And Testing

If you pass the pre-screening stage, you will undergo medical screening and testing.

The screening process is also stringent because it helps to identify any potential health risks that could affect the success of the egg donation process.

By ensuring that only healthy individuals with no known medical risks become egg donors, we can help to ensure that the egg donation process is safe for you and successful for the intended parents.

The tests assess your overall health and include tests for infectious diseases, hormonal levels, toxicology, and genetic conditions. You’ll also need to have transvaginal ultrasounds to assess your ovarian health.

After this, you will have a consultation with our fertility physician, who will review the results and conduct an onsite physical examination. You’ll also need to undergo psychological screening and counseling to ensure you are emotionally and psychologically prepared for the process. After this stage, you will be eligible to donate and we can start preparing for the egg retrieval.

What Happens During The Ovarian Stimulation Cycle

In a usual menstrual cycle, women typically release only one mature egg at a time. However, for egg donation, your ovaries will be stimulated so that more than one egg matures at a time. This is called the ovarian stimulation cycle and is induced by fertility medications and self-administered injections.

Our clinic physician will recommend an ovarian stimulation plan that is tailored to you, and may include birth control pills or a Nuvaring. The timing of these medications is very important as it helps increase the number of eggs that reach maturation.

If we have found a match for your egg donation, it may be necessary to synchronize your ovarian stimulation cycle with the cycle of the intended mother.

During this phase, we will monitor you closely, and you will need to visit the clinic for blood tests and ultrasounds so we can track egg development and hormone levels. We recommend abstaining from any sexual activities during this phase as the chances of getting pregnant are high.

The final stage of ovarian stimulation begins with a hormone injection, or “trigger shot”, which starts the final stage of egg maturation and prepares the body for egg retrieval.

What Happens During Egg Retrieval

The egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure and usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish. You will be placed under an anesthetic during the entire procedure, so you will not experience any discomfort or pain.

Your doctor will use ultrasound to locate your ovaries and the clusters of tiny follicles that are housing the mature eggs. The doctor will then gently guide a needle attached to a catheter through the vaginal wall. One by one, the mature eggs will be extracted using light microscopic suction.

The collected eggs will be placed in glass tubes and labeled with your unique identification number. After that, we will examine the eggs under a microscope to identify the ones with the best chance for a successful pregnancy.

What Happens After Egg Retrieval

After we complete the procedure, we will take you to the recovery area, where you will rest for approximately 30 to 60 minutes. You will probably feel ‌groggy after being under anesthesia. We will monitor your condition until you recover and are well enough to walk around.

Following that, a clinical team member will give your post-procedure instructions on how to care for yourself and will provide you with a care package to take home. Your IVF nurse will contact you the day after your treatment to check-in and see how you’re doing.

Refer to this page on our website for the full post-egg retrieval procedure.

How Will You Feel After Egg Retrieval?

Immediately after the procedure, it’s normal to experience mild stomach cramps and discomfort in the abdomen and vaginal areas. The anesthesia takes 24 hours to leave your body completely.

Recovering from the anesthesia, you may feel disorientated and groggy, and your speech may be slower for the first 30 to 60 minutes after you wake up. The nurses and staff will monitor you throughout this time, and the symptoms will gradually resolve.

You will need a family member or friend to drive you home, as our doctors will advise against driving after the procedure. For the first one to two days after the procedure, there are some common side effects you may experience, including:

  • A bloated feeling in the abdomen
  • A small amount of bleeding from the vagina (spotting) for 1 to 2 days
  • General discomfort and soreness in the abdomen and vaginal area
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the abdomen and vaginal area
  • Minor abdominal cramps
  • Constipation

These side effects can range in severity, but they are usually mild. Throughout your recovery, our team will monitor you closely and will support you as needed.

What You Can Do To Reduce The Side Effects After Egg Recovery

The side effects will usually resolve within one to two days. It’s best to take it easy for a while and avoid strenuous activities. To speed up your recovery and ease the symptoms faster after the egg retrieval, here are some things you can do:

Consider Therapeutic Interventions

Acupuncture can be effective in reducing pain, calming your nervous system, and making you feel a lot better while you recover.

Specific yoga positions that don’t strain your abdomen and hip area can also make your entire body feel better and reduce the side effects of the procedure. These can include half poses that stretch the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, feet, and ankle muscles.

Short meditations can also help to relax your body and help with recovery, including listening to some calming music or taking slow, deep breaths for a few minutes or more.

Be Proactive If You Have PCOS

If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you are at a higher risk for developing OHSS that is why you need to stay on top of any prescribed medications you’re taking.

It is even recommended that you should begin preparing for egg retrieval 90 days ahead of time and continue preparing until 6-months before the operation to reduce BMI and inflammation, and increase health ensure that egg retrieval is safe and successful.

Exercise can also be an excellent treatment. If comfortable enough, movement using very light resistance, such as free weights or resistance bands, can be beneficial. This could involve the arms, shoulders, feet, and ankles. Doing a bit of resistance training releases endorphins that make you feel good.

Aside from that, light pilates-type exercises can work well to work up a light sweat, and maintain your overall fitness. Avoid overexerting yourself or exercises where you huff and puff, as this may stress your body too much in the early phases of your recovery.

Follow The Trigger Shot Instructions

Typically, the trigger shot is the cause of most of the side effects you may experience during the egg retrieval process. You should follow the instructions from your doctor carefully, as when and how you take the injection is very important.

We customize each trigger shot recommendation specifically for each donor to maximize egg growth and development. If you’re ever unsure about the specific protocol, you should look to your nurse for clarification.

In rare cases, the egg retrieval process may lead to the development of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Although it is not common, it requires medical input, and sometimes may even require hospitalization.

Common symptoms of OHSS include:

  • Bloating
  • Extreme discomfort in the abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Rapid weight gain (over two pounds (0.9kg) per day)

If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

Get The Support You Need

If you are experiencing any negative symptoms, it’s best to get in touch with your doctor. Tolerance can vary from person to person, so it’s important to seek medical advice from our clinic’s medical team if you are uncertain.

It’s also worth noting that at Eos Conception, we schedule a post-procedure care appointment with all of our donors to ensure that you’ll get the support that you need.

Egg Retrieval Recovery Tips

There are a few simple things you can do to make sure you recover faster, and several things to avoid so you can reduce the possibility of your symptoms worsening. These tips can help decrease the total time to recover and help the healing process.

Things You Should Do After Egg Retrieval

There are a few things you can do after egg retrieval to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. These include:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Keep your fluid levels up by drinking plenty of water
  • Apply a heating pad to any areas that are tender or painful
  • Go for regular short walks
  • Don’t bend down and get up too quickly
  • Take the pain medication from your doctor, especially if it is affecting your sleep

Overall, it’s important not to stress your body too much or too fast. Give yourself time to recuperate.

Restrictions After Egg Retrieval

There are a few things that you should NOT do after your egg retrieval process. Doing any of these can exacerbate or worsen any side effects. These include:

  • Avoid strenuous exercises such as heavy lifting, jogging, cycling, or stationary cycling
  • Don’t consume caffeinated beverages, alcohol, or too much sugary food
  • For the first few days, avoid taking a bath, swimming, or submerging your body in water as it may cause water to enter your vagina and affect the wound from the procedure.
  • Take only the prescribed medication recommended by your doctor or nurse

What Is The Recovery Time After Egg Retrieval

We find most patients fully recover after one to two days. After this time, your body may still need some time to recover, but most of the side effects will usually resolve.

The incisions made to extract your eggs are minor (like a tiny incision in your arm from a surgical needle) and the body can heal quickly from them.

Embark On A Fulfilling Journey With A Supportive Team

Our egg donor experience provides comprehensive care from start to finish. At Eos Conception, our company ethos is to put the patient first. We do everything we can to ensure the entire egg retrieval process is smooth and comfortable, from the pre-procedure phase, the egg retrieval procedure, and the post-procedure care.

We are here to support you along the way and answer any of your questions.

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Can You Donate Eggs If You Have ADHD?

There are many reasons why someone might want to become an egg donor. For some people, it’s a way to help others achieve their dream of starting a family. For others, it’s a way to earn extra money.

And for some, it’s a way to do both. However, there are strict donation requirements in place to ensure that the donor is safe and healthy, and the eggs are of high quality too.One of the requirements for becoming an egg donor is that you must undergo a full medical examination, which includes your personal and medical history.

The process is not designed to disqualify donors, but rather assess the suitability of potential donors and make a recommendation on a case-by-case basis.

If you are considering becoming an egg donor, you may be wondering whether or not you can donate if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The answer depends on the severity of your ADHD, and whether or not you take medication for it.

Common Health Disqualifiers Of Egg Donation

Thorough mental and physical health screenings are performed to help ensure that the donated eggs will be healthy and that the health of the donor won’t be compromised as a result of the egg donation procedure.

Keeping this in mind, the following are some of the common reasons why a potential donor might be disqualified from donating their eggs:

Health Concerns Due To Lifestyle

Certain lifestyle choices can disqualify a person from being an egg donor. For example, donors who smoke tobacco or use illicit substances will not be accepted. These substances can affect the quality of the eggs and also increase the risk of complications for the donor during the egg retrieval process.

In addition, donors must meet certain body mass index (BMI) requirements to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo the egg retrieval procedure. Women with a BMI of over 30 are considered obese by World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

If the donor has too much fat tissue, it can affect the development of her eggs and make retrieval more difficult. On the other hand, if the BMI is too low, it can put the donor at a greater risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Lastly, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can also be a disqualifying factor as there is a risk that these STDs could then be passed on to the recipients of the eggs.

Birth Control And Contraception Use

Certain types of birth control and contraception can disqualify a potential egg donor as well. For example, donors who have used Depo-Provera as a method of birth control will not be accepted. This type of contraception releases a hormone that prevents ovulation.

However, if you stop using the methods of birth control that are disqualifying for a certain amount of time, you may become eligible for donation.

Abnormal Or Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Donors must have regular menstrual cycles in order to be eligible to donate eggs. If you have an abnormal or irregular menstrual cycle, then you will not be able to donate. This is because irregular cycles can be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Lack Of Commitment To Appointments

Egg donors must be committed to following through with the egg donation process. They must be available for all appointments, including the initial consultation, the egg retrieval procedure, and any follow-up appointments. If a donor is unable to commit to these appointments, then they will not be able to donate.

Hereditary Genetic Disorders

Egg donors must also undergo genetic testing to screen for hereditary disorders. For example, if a donor is found to carry the gene for cystic fibrosis, they will be disqualified. This is because cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disorder that can be passed on to the recipient of the eggs.

Other types of hereditary genetic disorders that can disqualify someone from becoming an egg donor include Huntington’s disease, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia. It’s worth mentioning that research has indicated that ADHD is also a genetic disorder, although having ADHD doesn’t mean that you’ll be automatically disqualified as an egg donor.

Eggs And ADHD

While there is no specific answer to this question, it depends on the severity of your ADHD and whether or not you take medication for it. If you have mild ADHD, you may still be eligible to donate eggs.

However, if your ADHD is more severe, you may not be eligible. Additionally, if you take medication for your ADHD, this could also affect your eligibility. Medications for ADHD, such as Aderoll, often contain Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine, which have been linked to an adverse effect on fertility – especially when used over the long term or when abused.

Ultimately, it is up to the fertility clinic to determine whether or not you are eligible to donate eggs.

What Is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by problems with focus, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It typically begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood.

There is no singular known cause of ADHD. Rather, it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For instance, research has shown that ADHD runs in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component. However, exposure to certain toxins, such as lead, during childhood development can also increase the risk of developing ADHD.

Symptoms Management And Treatment

Common ADHD symptoms include issues with focusing, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. These symptoms can make it difficult for people with ADHD to succeed in school, work, and social situations.

There is no cure for ADHD, but rather it can be managed with medications and behavioral therapy. Stimulant medications, such as Ritalin and Adderall, are commonly used to treat ADHD by helping improve focus and concentration. Behavioral therapy can also be effective in helping people with ADHD learn how to manage their symptoms.

Can Genetic Testing Identify ADHD Predisposition?

Neurological conditions such as ADHD are very difficult to identify using genetic testing, and the role the environment plays in the development of ADHD isn’t fully understood yet. However, genetic screenings can provide doctors with information about the types of treatments that will be most effective for the individual.

Can ADHD Medication Affect Fertility?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Some studies have suggested that certain ADHD medications, such as Ritalin and Adderall, may have a negative impact on fertility over the long term, however many of these studies were performed on animals.

Other studies have not found any significant link between these medications and fertility. It likely depends on the medication that the potential donor is taking and their medical history, so the donor should consult with a fertility specialist to discuss their individual risk.

Evidence Of Heritability

One study estimated that the heritability of ADHD is around 76%. This means that roughly three-quarters of the variation in ADHD symptoms can be explained by genetic factors.

Additionally, this study found that the heritability of ADHD was higher in first-degree relatives (siblings, parents, and children) than in second-degree relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins). This suggests that the genes that contribute to ADHD are passed down from generation to generation between immediate family members, rather than extended family members.

While the heritability of ADHD is high, it is important to remember that this does not mean that ADHD is caused by a single gene. Rather, it is likely that many different genes contribute to the development of ADHD. Not to mention that environmental factors, such as exposure to certain toxins or stress, are also thought to play a role in the development of ADHD.

Your Egg Donation Agency Is The Best Resource

If you are considering becoming an egg donor, the best way to get information about how your ADHD might affect your fertility is to ask your chosen egg donation agency. The staff at these agencies are fertility experts and can provide you with the most up-to-date information about how different conditions and medications might impact your ability to donate eggs.

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The Egg Donor Experience: Everything You Can Expect As A Donor

For many women, becoming an egg donor is a fulfilling experience and an incredible gift to those who are struggling to conceive. It’s an amazing opportunity to help someone create their family, and can be truly life-changing.

If you are considering becoming an egg donor, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the process. Having a better understanding of the egg donor experience and what to expect will help you make an informed decision about whether or not it is the right choice for you.

What Is It Like To Be An Egg Donor?

In general, being an egg donor is a positive and rewarding experience for most women. However, it’s important to remember that each woman’s experience is unique.

Some women may feel more emotional during the process than others, and some may have more physical side effects. It’s important to be prepared for all possible outcomes before you begin the egg donation process.

You should also know that not everyone who applies to be an egg donor will be accepted. The screening process is very selective, and only the most qualified candidates will be chosen. If you do qualify, you must understand that the donation process can take upwards of two months.

Although we have made our donation process at Eos Conception as streamlined as possible, egg donation does require a big commitment on your part. You’ll have to abstain from certain activities to ensure the health of your eggs during the egg donation process, such as alcohol, smoking, drug use, sexual intercourse, unhealthy foods, and high-impact activities.

The Journey To Becoming An Egg Donor

There are a lot of steps involved in becoming an egg donor, so we’ve made the process as easy and efficient as possible. The following are the different phases of the egg donation process here at Eos Conception:

Application And Screening

Our application and screening process is very thorough. This is because we want to make sure the eggs being donated are of the highest quality (thereby giving intended parents the best chance at conceiving). Additionally, we also want to ensure that our donors are physically and psychologically healthy so that their wellbeing isn’t at risk at any point during the process.

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out a basic pre-screening application to determine if you qualify based on our minimum requirements. Filling out this application shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. If you meet these requirements, you’ll be asked to fill out a more comprehensive donor application, which will take between 60 and 90 minutes.

Once you complete the application, you will be directed to watch a webinar about the process and then one of our specialists will schedule a 15-20 minute phone consultation with you.

If you qualify, we will offer free legal consultation before you sign any documents. You will then undergo a thorough screening process that takes between two and three weeks. During this process, you will undergo genetic screenings, hormonal level testing, infectious disease testing, toxicology screenings, and a transvaginal ultrasound.

Finally, you’ll need to take a physical exam as well as undergo genetic and psychological counseling and screening.

Fertility Treatment

Once you’ve passed the screening process, you will begin fertility treatment. You will need to go through an ovarian stimulation process, which involves a series of fertility hormone injections.

These injections will help increase the number of eggs that reach maturation. This process typically takes between one and two weeks to complete. You may feel some bloating and discomfort during this time because of the increase in hormones in your system.

The fertility medication will be administered using a standard needle and syringe. These injections are no different than the needles used to administer vaccinations. However, if you are sensitive to needles, the injections may cause a bit of irritation or swelling to the surrounding skin. This will generally resolve on its own.

It’s important to note that although it’s rare, one of the risks of ovarian stimulation is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which occurs when too many eggs are stimulated in the ovaries.

OHSS can cause abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, it can lead to serious health complications, such as kidney failure or blood clots, requiring hospitalization.

However, not only is OHSS rare but the risk of developing severe symptoms is even rarer. Generally speaking, OHSS symptoms are mild and tend to resolve on their own under medical supervision.

Here at Eos Conception, we monitor our donors carefully to make sure that they remain healthy throughout the entire ovarian stimulation process.

Egg Retrieval

Once the eggs have reached maturity, we will schedule a retrieval operation. This will be done 36 hours after your final “trigger shot” (the last hormone shot, which triggers the ovary to release the egg).

Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive procedure that takes place under anesthesia. Prior to the retrieval, we offer our donors a complimentary acupuncture session to help relieve anxiety and promote healing after the retrieval.

During the retrieval, our fertility specialist will remove the eggs from your ovaries. The entire process takes about 20 minutes and you will be able to go home around 30 to 60 minutes after you wake up from anesthesia.

The retrieval itself is not painful since you’ll be sedated, but you may experience some cramping and discomfort afterward. This normally resolves within a few hours.

Recovery

You may experience some cramping and bloating for the first day or two after the retrieval. This is normal and will generally resolve on its own. You may also notice some bruising around the injection site (generally in the fatty tissue of the belly or the front of the thigh).

This is also normal and should fade within a few days. It’s important to take it easy during your recovery and avoid strenuous activities.

In most cases, donors are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. However, some may experience more discomfort and take longer to recover. If you donate, be sure to listen to your body and take things at your own pace.

We will provide a post-donation wellness screening one to two weeks following the retrieval so we can continue to monitor your overall health.

What Happens Years Later?

Remember that as an egg donor, you are not the legal parent of any child born as a result of your donation – you will have no parental rights or responsibilities. The intended parents will be the legal parents of the child and will make all decisions regarding their upbringing.

According to a study participated by 80 egg donors, the majority of these women reported post-donation satisfaction, although a minority reported long-term physical and psychological concerns that they attribute to having donated eggs. Negative emotions can be limited with proper education prior to the process.

Here at Eos, we schedule an after-care appointment with our donors to monitor their well-being. Additionally, being informed about these potential effects can make it easier to address them should they occur.

It’s important to remember that as an egg donor, you are giving a very generous gift that can change the lives of others. It’s also important to be sure that you’re ready for the commitment of the process and the long term realities of donation before you begin.

Can You Be A Repeat Donor?

If you’ve already donated and want to donate again, you can. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Most of the time, you’ll need to wait around three to four months before you can donate again. This allows your body sufficient time to recover from the ovarian stimulation process.

Secondly, you can only donate up to six times in your lifetime. Although there’s no law in place limiting how often you can donate your eggs, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends that women limit themselves to six donations.

This is to minimize the risks associated with ovarian stimulation for the egg donor and to be respectful of the recipient and donor- conceived individuals.

Most fertility clinics (including our own) abide by the ASRM recommendations.

Why A Support System Matters

Egg donors are incredibly generous and selfless individuals. They submit to a rigorous process in order to help others achieve their dream of starting a family. The decision to become an egg donor is not one to be taken lightly. It’s important to be sure that you’re physically, psychologically, and emotionally prepared for the commitment before making any decisions.

As such, it’s important to have a strong support system in place. It helps to be able to turn to family and friends for emotional support. If your support system is opposed to your donating, the process is less easeful.

You Are Doing Much More Than Just Donating

Egg donation is an incredible act of generosity that can change the lives of others. When you donate eggs, you’re not just giving intended parents your eggs – you’re giving them the chance to create their own family.

You are a vital part of the egg donation process and your contribution can have a profound impact. By donating eggs, you are giving someone the chance to experience the joys of parenthood.

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Egg Donor Taxes – What Egg Donors Should Know

Becoming an egg donor can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only can you experience emotional fulfillment knowing that you’ve helped someone start a family, but it can be financially rewarding as well.

In fact, here at Eos, we compensate our donors incredibly well. We will give you $8,000 the first time you donate and will increase your compensation by $500 for every subsequent time you donate.

However, it’s essential that you understand the tax implications of becoming an egg donor before you sign up.

Egg Donation Taxes

You may have heard that you are exempt from paying taxes on any compensation you’ve earned for a service that caused “pain and suffering.” This is generally the case; however, this exemption does not apply to any money you earn from egg donation. The IRS considers any compensation you earn from egg donation to be taxable income.

This decision has even been challenged in court in the case of Perez v. Commissioner. In this case, the court determined that any “pain and suffering” that was experienced must be the result of damage caused during the process. Egg donation rarely causes severe pain and suffering (generally it’s limited to bloating and some slight discomfort).

Additionally, no damage is done during the process, therefore it’s not exempt from tax.

Do You Pay Taxes On Egg Donation Money?

In the eyes of the IRS, egg donation is considered to be compensation for services rendered. Basically, it’s income that you’ve earned for work that you’ve done. There’s also no threshold (meaning, there’s no amount that is exempt), which means that you will be responsible for paying taxes on any money you receive from donating your eggs.

Most egg donor programs will provide you with a 1099 tax form. However, even if you don’t receive a 1099 form from the program you decide to work with, it’s still your legal responsibility to report any income you’ve earned from egg donation.

The amount of tax you are liable for depends on a variety of factors. This includes how much compensation you received (it varies from program to program), how many times you donated, and how much additional income you earned.

Remember, your donation compensation will be added to any other personal income you earn for that financial year. As such, the amount you are taxed will be based on your income tax bracket.

For example, if you’re single and you earned $30,000 from your regular job, plus you earned $8,000 for donating eggs a single time, then you’ll remain in your usual tax bracket and you’ll be taxed at 12%.

However, if your regular income is $40,000 – putting you right at the top of your usual tax bracket – then that $8,000 compensation could push you up into the next bracket, and you’ll be taxed at 22%.

As such, it’s crucial that you understand the tax implications of any egg donations you decide to make.

Know All The Facts Before Considering Egg Donation

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding whether or not you want to donate eggs. One important factor that may be overlooked is how much you’ll have to pay in tax on the compensation you earn.

As such, it’s important to understand the tax implications of any compensation you earn from donating eggs (such as whether it will push you into a higher tax bracket).

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