No, donating eggs definitely should not hurt. You will be sedated by an anaesthetist and kept asleep and completely pain free during and after 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 a donor cycle. 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 Altrui egg donors 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 a DVD – 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 this process. If you wish to find out more first hand information about egg collection, let us know and we will be happy to put you in touch with another Altrui egg donor.