FAQs for Egg Donors
You might have donation on your mind, so we wanted to share some of our most frequently asked questions. Does egg donation hurt? Will it affect fertility? What if I’m using contraception? Read below to find out.
Is egg donation painful?
No, donating eggs does not hurt. During the egg collection part of the process, you will be sedated by an anaesthetist and kept asleep for the 20 minute procedure. You may also be advised to take a pain-relieving medicine one hour before egg collection, as this will ensure you don’t feel any discomfort afterwards.
We’d like to reassure you that it is very rare to experience pain from undergoing the egg donation process. Most have said that at the worst it felt as though they had period pains for a few hours; one or two have reported that they felt some pain the following day. Most donating eggs with Altrui have gone back to their normal routine – some immediately afterwards. One has gone to a wedding following egg collection, another back to work, another cleaned her house from top to bottom. Of course, some have chosen to go home and rest in bed with a hot water bottle and Netflix – which sounds like a sensible plan to us!
You will be in the safest and most experienced of hands, something that has been demonstrated time and time again by the ease at which our donors have gone through the egg donation process.
Will donating eggs affect my fertility?
No. Egg donation with Altrui is very safe and will not prevent you from having children in the future. If a clinic identifies any risk for you at any point, you will not be able to continue. Your health and safety comes first.
Each ovary contains about half a million eggs. During the egg donation process you will only donate about the same number of eggs as you would naturally lose during that month’s cycle, so about 10-15 eggs. This will leave you with hundreds of thousands of eggs for the future. When you have the initial screening appointment in clinic, if your doctor considers you to be at risk in any way or your fertility could be affected, then you would not be allowed to continue to with egg donation.
You must feel free to change your mind before committing to the egg donation process, if you are at all concerned. It is important that both you and your family feel completely comfortable with the decision you are making.
What if I’m using contraception?
If you are thinking about being a donor, you may be asked to change your contraception at some point. But please don’t let this put you off, 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.
Are egg donors paid?
UK donors receive compensation of up to £750 to cover travel expenses, childcare costs and any loss of earning when attending appointments. Donating will not cost you anything, but legally egg donors cannot be paid in the UK.
Who can be an egg donor?
To be an egg donor, you should:
- Be aged between 18 and 35
- Be healthy, with no family history of serious or inherited illnesses
- Have a BMI of less than 35
- Be a non-smoker
- Not currently be trying to become pregnant yourself
Without exception, our altruistic egg donors have a few things in common: positivity, kindness and a very strong desire to help someone else. If you think egg donation could be for you, please register your interest.