10 Myths about egg donation FirstEggBank

Freezing damages donor eggs

False. Egg freezing is a safe process that does not affect egg quality: it has been proven that vitrified eggs are just as likely to generate a pregnancy as fresh eggs.

Evolution of egg freezing method begins with slow freezing, which could slightly damage the eggs. But technology has advanced a great deal since those early days, and even since the first baby was born from a frozen egg in 1986. An alternative technique of freezing, called vitrification was developed in the last decade. This ultra-rapid method of “freezing” prevents formation of ice crystals. Reducing the risk of the formation of ice crystals leads to increasing survival rate in compare to using slow freezing technique.

Anybody can be an egg donor, other words egg donors are young, poor and uneducated

False. At First Egg Bank we have a very strict complex of selection criteria that include: restrictions on age, familial medical history, BMI, education, absence of detrimental habits and negative phenotypical manifestations. We follow specific guidelines and standards in order to ensure good quality eggs.

The medications used for egg donors make you sick

In general, False. Sometimes there are some minor side effects. Egg donors are given follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) to make eggs mature faster. Some donors may get headaches, a mild upset stomach, or premenstrual-like symptoms. However, some donors have no side effects at all. A worst-case scenario, which is extremely rare now, is Ovarian Hyperstimulation. However, recent advances in this field have practically eliminated the occurrence of this syndrome.

If you are an egg donor, you can’t have children 

False. Each woman is born with millions of eggs in their ovaries. By the time a woman begins her menstrual cycle, she has around 400,000 eggs. Of these, anywhere from 400 to 500 will mature to become viable eggs for reproduction. The result of average donation cycle is retrieval about of 10 to 20 oocytes the same amount a woman loses each month during menstruation anyway. Woman will still have all of the eggs she would’ve had for each month after her eggs are eliminated for donation.

Women can donate eggs as many times as they want

False. The Ministry of health of Ukraine has guidelines that only allow donors to complete 8 retrieval cycles. Some clinics may have further restrictions, including the amount of time between donations.

It hurts to donate eggs

The procedure is performed by a physician. Egg donors are lightly sedated using an IV. The procedure itself lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Donors are monitored by the clinic staff for an hour or two after the procedure. You are sent home and can typically return to work or school the next day. Most women do not report that their egg donation process was painful.

Most egg donors do not report that any parts of the egg donation process are painful. There will be a series of hormone injections required, and these will be accompanied by a slight sting at the injection site (the abdomen). The retrieval process itself is done through the vagina, without any incisions necessary. You will be completely sedated and the retrieval process rarely takes more than 15 minutes. Most women report mild discomfort or cramping on the day of the procedure and maybe into the following day, but over-the-counter pain meds are sufficient to combat this.

Patients receive fewer embryos with a frozen cycle

True. Patients, on average, receive more embryos from a fresh donor egg cycle than a frozen donor egg bank cycle, the pregnancy and delivery statistics for each transfer that is performed to attempt a pregnancy are the same.

The baby isn’t yours if you use a donor egg

False. All the proper legal documents have been filed. With any donation of this kind, including egg, sperm or embryos, the donor has signed a contract that releases all their rights as a parent to any child that may result from this donation.

Egg donation can cause future infertility

False. Your risk for infertility wouldn’t be any higher as a result of being an egg donor. The hormones in the medications used for the egg donation process are similar to the ones your body naturally produce each month—just at higher levels during a two-week period of time

In the end, frozen donor egg bank cycles cost the same as fresh cycles.

False. Frozen donor egg cycles are about half the cost of fresh donor egg cycles.



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