What are the Risks of Egg Donation?

Guide for Egg Donors

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Egg Donation Involves Risks — no matter who you are.

What are the Possible Risks of Egg Donation?

The Risks

— Medications can induce hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, sleep apnea, body aches, mood swings, headaches, and vision complications.

— Soreness, redness or mild bruising at the injection site. Mood swings, tender breasts, enlarged ovaries and mild fluid retention can become apparent. Occasionally, medications cause more hyper stimulation than intended, medically known as ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome.

— Blood withdrawal can cause uneasiness and bruising where the needle was introduced to the skin.

— Insertion of needle into the ovary may induce bleeding. It is unlikely to damage or puncture the areas of the bladder or adjacent blood vessels but if this should happen it can invoke internal hemorrhage or serious injury to the pelvic organs and major abdominal surgery would be needed.

As expected with most medications or medical procedures, there are risks that are presumed by the patient. Long term significances of egg donation are not known, however medical risks associated with egg donation are small and egg donation is a safe process.

You can additionally explore procedures and potential side effects at the well-respectable infertility websites of the AFA and ASRM.