Potential egg donors should be informed of the risk associated with donating their eggs, and they include potential risks from the medication used to stimulate the ovaries, and the risks associated with the retrieval process. The chances that a donor will experience any of the serious potential risks, and experience long-term consequences are very low.
One of the questions egg donors ask, and it is an important one to consider, is if donating their eggs multiple times will affect their future fertility. They often wonder if they will run out of eggs so that when they are ready to have their own children, they won’t have any eggs left. There is not any research that supports this fear. The guidelines set forth by The American Society For Reproductive Medicine are that it is safe for an egg donor to donate her eggs six times. These guidelines take into account the potential threat to an egg donor’s own fertility. The research shows that donating up to six times does not negatively impact a donor’s future fertility.
It is important for any woman considering donating their eggs to have their concerns addressed, and questions answered before donating. If you are considering being an egg donor, do your research and be well informed before committing to such an important life event. It is also important to note that the variable that significantly impacts a women’s fertility is her age. When a woman is over 30 years of age, her fertility starts declining at a more rapid rate, and continues to increase every year. For more information about becoming an egg donor, visit us at www.pathwaystoparenthood.com.