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I'm thinking about donating eggs; is there anyone who can tell me about the experience?

Asked by AlyxCaitlin (933points) March 14th, 2010

I want to donate eggs and I’ve done the research and I’m pretty confidant I know all about it, I just want someone who’s been through it to tell about it (:

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I can tell you about my friend’s experience – it is not a piece of cake, that’s for damn sure. You have to inject yourself pretty regularly and screw up your hormone cycle in order to produce more than one egg – this might cause severe mood swings and mental health issues through no fault of your own. There are other medical side effects and I don’t know if you’ve ever been a mom before, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you haven’t yet had a child (if you want a child, that is).

XOIIO's avatar

I’ll take them, haven’t had eggs for breakfast in a while.

Wait… fuck

wundayatta's avatar

My wife went through the egg harvesting process twice. I was the one who gave her a lot of her shots. There are all kinds of shots, and they go on for what seems like forever.

But, from what I gather, the harvesting procedure is the worst. It’s laporoscopic surgery, I believe (I wasn’t there—I was having my own sperm harvesting surgery). It is painful. You are awake watching the doctor search around for mature eggs.

I think it is a wonderful thing to do because so many families are in need. It actually isn’t too different from what you’ve read about, I’d think. It is pretty tolerable, if you are motivated enough. Just stay on track with your shots. It’s easier if you have someone to do it for you. I think you can do it on your own, if necessary.

trailsillustrated's avatar

It’s alot of work, you have to make all the appointments and do everything correctly. It can cause any ovarian cysts you may have to flare up and that’s really painful, but not harmful. It sure pays well. I would do it if I could, now. When I did it, it was for my kids and it was pretty easy.The shots are easy and pretty painless, they’re just tiny ones in the fatty area, not intramuscular ones.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

We had considered this several years ago, @Simone_De_Beauvoir s description of what goes on is correct. They have to chemically stimulate egg production to produce multiplw eggs, then harvest them from the ovaries.

We were considering doing this because, although my wifes tubes were blocked, her ovaries were intact. The harvested eggs would have been fertilized IVF using my sperm and the result implanted into Megs female partner, who would have carried the pregnancy (abdominal injuries would have made pregnacy dangerous for Meg). The baby would have had a daddy and two mommies. Due to logistical problems, we never did this. I was still a serving Army officer on overseas deployment and I didn’t want to be an absentee father like my father was (Naval officer). We were planning on doing this about seven years ago, but the Army STOPLOSS order prevented my retirement. It’s too late now.

Basically the risks are what the hormone injections will do to you physically and psychologically. It is not a decision to be made lightly. This procedure could jeopadize your ability to have children later (at least that’s what the doctor explained to us seven years ago).

GeorgeGee's avatar

Why on earth would you want to donate them? You would have not only the discomfort and inconvenience to deal with, but also the hormone injections which mess you up, a little or a lot depending on your physiology. I could see selling them if you needed the money, you would get $5,000 to $7,000 for it, but if you just want to do a good deed, personally I’d stick to donating blood.

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