Does egg donation affect my contraception?

12th June 2018

If you are thinking about being a donor, you may be asked to change your contraception at some point. These are the ones that are hormonally based – the Mirena coil, Implant or injection as they can give false readings on tests and interfere with the development of the eggs in the donation cycle. The contraceptive injections are usually renewed every three months, so don’t worry about these as it will take a while before screening is complete and you’re ready to be a donor.

We may ask donors to wait until the first appointment before making any changes as it is possible that you can continue as you are. If you are taking the oral contraceptive (the pill) KEEP taking it as you have done, for this is often given in clinic to manage the egg donation cycle and this hormonal contraception is the exception to the rule.

If you are asked to discontinue your current form of contraception whilst going through the egg donation process, please be very aware that at your age you are highly fertile and could become pregnant so you will need to use an alternative form of contraception for a short while.

Please don’t let this put you off egg donation! If you think you may have problems with contraception there is usually a way around it and it’s not always necessary to alter anything. Meanwhile, we’re here to help and we can send you some information to read and see what you think! If you have any questions regarding your contraception, contact us here, or just give us a call on 01969 667 875.

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