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Is IVF stressful?

While you may have heard many stories about IVF being a very stressful procedure, it is important to remember that the majority of stories you hear about egg donors come from egg sharers – women who long for a baby but are unable to conceive naturally, so need treatment in order to help them conceive themselves. The stress that is associated with IVF is therefore often as a result of the emotional pressure that these women feel – with all their hopes being pinned on a successful outcome, rather than the treatment itself.

We want to reassure you that there is no reason why you should experience this degree of stress as an altruistic egg donor going through egg donation. If we’re being completely honest, the main stress felt by our egg donors is more likely to be down to any inconvenience caused. The intrusion into your daily life, albeit for a couple of weeks, can sometimes prove difficult, especially if you’re trying to juggle a work and home life at the same time.

So, for example, having to arrange time off work or even missing your train on the way to your appointment could definitely be classed as stressful; the procedure itself however – that’s a walk in the park!

Support for egg donors makes the difference

At Altrui we believe all our egg donors should receive as much emotional and practical support as they feel they need while going through an egg donation cycle. As well as offering easy access to someone at the end of the telephone, including late at night and over the weekends, we can also help to arrange transport or childcare, provide an instant reimbursement of expenses (in some situations) so that you are never out of pocket, and offer contact with other Altrui egg donors who have gone through the process themselves. By working closely together we can discuss and carefully plan what comes next, and make sure that the timings of each of your appointments fits in easily with your day-to-day life.

It is very important to us that you never feel left alone during this process. Knowing that our experienced and friendly team will be here to guide you through every stage will hopefully ensure the whole 10-12 day egg donation is both straightforward and stress-free, and an incredibly rewarding experience for you to enjoy.


For further support and advice about egg donation, please feel free to talk to us in total confidence on 01969 667 875

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