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Are There Side Effects to Egg Donation?

Understandably, if you are considering donating your eggs, you are likely wondering if there are any side effects to egg donation. The short answer is that you may experience mild side effects similar to Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Similarly to PMS symptoms, not every woman who donates her eggs will experience symptoms and symptoms will vary. Egg donors may or may not experience short term side effects from the fertility medications. Every body responds differently to the medications. At Donor Nexus, we make sure that all of our egg donors are monitored carefully to ensure minimal to no side effects occur.

Possible Side Effects of Egg Donation Medications


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor SH

Fertility, and specifically egg donation, is often a private topic. There are some articles online, but nothing really captures the joys and pains of donating your eggs. I have completed my second donation in six months and am looking into a third, and final, cycle with Donor Nexus.

Egg donation is an extremely rewarding process, as ultimately you are giving the potential gift of life. Knowing that you helped someone start or add to their family is unlike any other feeling. The minor discomforts are well worth the end result. However, any female looking into egg donation should be prepared for the process. Egg donation is a job. You must be prepared to sign on for all the elements of the process. Daily injections, eating right, not exercising, and abstaining from alcohol are all things expected of a donor. Dedication is key. Honestly, the daily injections are minimally painful and, when done correctly, have no bruising or bleeding. I almost look forward to my injections because it means I am one day closer to giving my eggs to the intended parents. Not all donors will


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor A

I have donated my eggs twice now with Donor Nexus and I plan on cycling again when I can! Both times went a bit differently for me, but I seriously enjoyed each one of them. Yes, it can be a lot to deal with – daily injections, doctor’s appointments, and things you can & cannot do – but in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t so bad. The injections seem intimidating at first, but once you get the first one over with you realize it isn’t so bad. For me, the injections went for 2-3 weeks and I felt some bloating towards the second half of it, nothing extreme or unbearable. As long as you’re making sure you’re taking care of yourself, fueling your body with protein & electrolytes and keeping healthy everything is all good! The procedure itself can also feel

intimidating at first, but the nurses make you feel so comfortable and it’s over before you know it. I literally woke up from the anesthesia the first time saying, “let’s do this again!” The greatest part of it all is that you’re helping change someone’s life.  I still don’t know if I want to have my own children or not, which is initially why I was interested in donating. I thought, there are so many people out there who are trying so hard to have children, but they just can’t do it on their own. I’m young & healthy, why can’t I help these people? I think it’s an amazing thing. So far, I haven’t heard if a pregnancy has come out of my donations, but I am so looking forward to the day that it does!


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor S

Becoming an egg donor for Donor Nexus was such a gratifying experience for me.

The entire process was so put together and organized, even when there were bumps in the road Donor Nexus’ staff was able to quickly and efficiently smooth out those bumps so that there was minimal to no stress on my part.


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor B

Being a first time egg donor, I didn’t really know what to expect through the whole experience. I knew what was going to go on based off what I was told and heard from some friends of mine. Going through the experience was very rewarding to me and made me feel great that I could give someone the chance to have a child and to experience what I do everyday with my children at home. Doing the shots and taking the medicine was no big deal for me because I knew I was doing it for all the right reason. The day of donation I was very nervous but once I got to the facility and talked to all the nurses and the doctor, they made me feel so comfortable. The process was very fast and I would definitely do it again in a heart beat for anyone!


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor J

I recently completed my second egg donation cycle with Donor Nexus. It was slightly different from my first time around because I only had to give myself the injections for 14 days, instead of 22 days. In the grand scheme of things, even though I sometimes had to give myself 3-4 shots a day, I preferred the 14 day cycle. After a few days into the meds the doctor decided to up my Follistim dosage. It had me worried that maybe my body wasn’t responding to the meds or that I may feel more severe side effects. But everything went great. The only side effect I experienced during the cycle was bloating and very mild stomach cramps for a day or two after the retrieval. The doctor retrieved a total of 22 eggs from me and I just received the news that the IP is pregnant. My heart couldn’t feel

more full. I’m so happy I made this experience possible for them and would do it again, if given the chance.


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor S

Egg donation is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It started off with a simple interest. I’ve always loved helping people and thought this would be a great way to do so. I spoke with my husband to see his thoughts on this and he and I both agreed that this could be an incredible experience. I applied to Donor Nexus and within the month got an email letting me know they found me a match! I was ecstatic! I did my psychological screening and my medical screening. I was so nervous to see what the results may yield. It only took about an hour to complete each screening, but I had to wait a few weeks for my medical screening results. Once I got the news that I passed, I was then able to move onto legal contracts. I was provided a lawyer who went over everything in detail

with me. I got everything signed and began my medications. I must admit that I was nervous about this. I wanted to be sure I did everything perfectly. I had to self-administer injections for a total of three weeks before they did the retrieval. The only thing I can recommend is to be sure you keep good communication with your coordinator regarding medications and syringes. It’s better to give them notice and get what you need than to not realize until you’re completely out. Then came the big day! I had no idea what to expect. This is considered surgery and it definitely feels like a real surgery. I was in a surgical room with a gown, cap and little booties. They put in an IV and the anesthesiologist came in to explain that they give me a medication that will put me to sleep for a very


Finding Common Ground: A Recap of an Intended Parent and Egg Donor Meeting

In this day-in-age, egg donor matches aren’t always black and white. With online forums like Donor Sibling Registry, intended parents and egg donors can build a relationship while staying anonymous.

They also have the opportunity to meet their egg donor in-person or via Skype, if the egg donor consents to the one-time meeting. During these meetings, a representative from the agency is present to ensure both parties do not share identifiable information. This way the donation can remain anonymous; however, the intended parents and the egg donor can get to know one another.


Physician Spotlight: Dr Daniel Potter “Making the Leap to Donor Eggs”

Written by Dr. Daniel Potter

Dr. Daniel Potter is a highly sought-after reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist practicing in HRC’s Newport Beach and Fullerton offices. Dr. Potter is dedicated to providing his patients with compassionate and personalized care. His approach to IVF results in maximal pregnancy rates for each individual case.


Why Do Out of Town Donors Cost More?

So you have decided to pursue a donor egg cycle and are searching for your dream egg donor! You may have noticed that the out of town donors have an extra travel cost, and that some are more expensive than others.

What is included in these travel costs, and what makes one egg donor’s travel costs more expensive than another’s?


Pen Pals: How You Can Connect with Your Egg Donor Post Treatment Cycle

With anonymous donations, many egg donors are left wondering about the intended parent. They often wonder what the intended parents are like, what their story is, and how their transfer went. Once in awhile, an intended parent will ask us to share a letter/thank you note with the egg donor.

An intended parent recently wanted to share more about herself and her journey with her egg donor. Although they never met, the intended mother felt compelled to write the egg donor a thank you letter. The egg donor was touched by the intended mothers kind words so much that she wanted to write back to tell her that she healed from the procedure and wished her the best for a positive pregnancy.


What is the Difference Between PGS and PGD?

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) are types of Preimplantation Genetic Testing performed before embryo transfer during IVF. Although the tests are used for different things, the goal for both is to improve your chances of choosing a healthy embryo, and therefore, a healthy baby.

What is PGS Testing? What is PGD Testing?


Finding Hope: A Recap of an Intended Parent and Egg Donor Meeting

A recent egg donor-intended parent meeting shed some light on the hardships intended parents go through. During the meeting, the intended mother opened up about why she had to use an egg donor. Many years ago, the intended mother was pregnant with her son. Unfortunately, she went through a traumatic experience while pregnant that gravely affected her child. When he was born, he was immediately taken to NICU and the doctors prepared her for the worst. A few days later, her greatest nightmare become her reality. Her son had passed away.

After years of mourning her loss, her family encouraged her to try to have another child.


Therapy for Fertility and the Mind

Dealing with fertility challenges can weigh on our emotional wellbeing and put strain on relationships. Fertility treatment with a medical clinic can help increase the chances of conception. Working with a mental health professional can help to relieve mental stressors that can come with treatment, as well as feelings of loss and grief when such medical treatment does fail. In fact, many fertility clinics do require intended parents to have a psychological evaluation prior to treatment, and some will require therapy to continue throughout the course of treatment.

Because infertility can be due to a wide variety of reasons, working with a mental health professional may be a good way to talk through your stress and anxieties. Therapists that specialize in infertility are able to help intended parents come up with options and guide them through their next steps decisions. Intended parents are also able to work through their feelings of anger or guilt when only one partner is unable to conceive.


Donor Nexus Shout Out on "Delivering Miracles" Podcast with Dr Parijat Deshpande

One of our favorite doctors, Dr Potter from HRC Fertility Newport Beach, recently talked with Dr. Parijat Deshpande on her podcast “Delivering Miracles”. Episode 18 titled “How a Fertility Specialist Can Help You Get Pregnant with Dr. Daniel Potter” is now live – he gives a shout out to Donor Nexus, so take a listen and let us know what you think! 

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Listen Up!: It’s National Infertility Awareness Week!

April 23 - 29, 2017 is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). It is the time to bring awareness to the millions of individuals who suffer from infertility, and was made a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. Infertility can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, like ovary or uterine abnormalities, sperm abnormalities, a result of cancer treatment among many others. Infertility can affect men and women of a range of ages, religions, economic statuses, sexual orientations and gender identities. Many of those with infertility often suffer in silence, since this condition is often stigmatized by society. This week, we can help those struggling with infertility by listening, caring, and walking in their shoes to let them know that

they do not have to suffer alone. The NIAW is a movement to reduce stigma associated with infertility, educate the community about reproductive health, and remove barriers to building families.


The Possible Effects of Banning Anonymous Egg Donation

In the United States, most gamete donations are made anonymously. Recently, there has been some talk in the media about banning anonymous sperm donation. This would require the donors to be identifiable to the donor-conceived child after their 18th birthday so they could learn about possible predispositions to medical diseases inherited by their donor. If anonymous sperm donation becomes banned, would it be possible for anonymous egg donation to become banned as well? Would the pool of available egg donors decrease? Would the cost of an egg donation increase? Let us analyze the hypothetical implications that would result from banned anonymous egg donation.

Would requiring a donor to provide their identifying information to their donor-conceived child result in a smaller donor pool?


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor L

I donated my eggs for the first time with Donor Nexus and I do not think I could have had a better experience. I am so grateful for Mackenzie, who is so sweet and makes the process so easy. She was with me the entire time, reminding me of my appointments and texting me after my appointments to make sure that I was okay. Also, the staff at HRC and the surgery center was all very nice and gentle with my blood draws and pelvic exams.  In regards to the process, the trickiest part was the self-injections, but I was given explicit instructions and video links that made the injections, simple and painless.  As for my egg retrieval at the surgery center, I do not remember much of it, but it was painless and in good hands—the nurses were amazing. The only side effect I had from the entire

egg-donor process was bloating from the medication and some more bloating from the procedure, but I think that was a small price to pay if it meant helping someone become a parent.  I am satisfied in my decision to donate my eggs and would do it again with Donor Nexus.


Technology and Male Fertility

Infertility is often thought of as a woman’s problem, yet men are just as likely to be a contributor. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the male partner is either the sole cause or contributing cause of infertility in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Could our relationship with technology be partially to blame for these statistics? Research is showing a possible link between laptops, cellphones, and a decline in sperm health.

Men who position their laptops on their laps might be at risk of infertility. Laptops positioned on a man’s lap could increase his scrotal temperature by 2 to 3 degrees, which is counter to the way the scrotum is naturally positioned to be 2 to 4 degrees lower than normal body heat. The higher temperatures cause sperm to swim slower, and even a small spike in heat can affect sperm production by at least 50%. A 2008 study explored the effects of heat stress on mature and developing sperm in a male mouse given shock heat treatment, and the mouse had lower sperm count and a higher amount of DNA damage. Men can consider using a desk instead of placing their laptops on their lap while trying to conceive. In contrast, women’s reproductive organs are internal, so the heat coming from the


Australian Intended Parents: A Recap of an Open Egg Donation Meeting

Recently, we had the privilege of facilitating another in-person meeting between a set of intended parents from Australia and their egg donor. The intended parents have had a tough road trying to conceive. After years of unsuccessful pregnancies, they realized that it was time to try to conceive via egg donation.

Australia has strict guidelines for egg donation, which decreases the pool of egg donor candidates. Because of these strict guidelines, they knew it was an uphill battle. They knew time was of the essence so they looked for an egg donor outside of Australia. They spent months researching different egg donor programs and fertility clinics in the United States and around the world. Their search lead them to Donor Nexus. Upon reviewing several egg donor profiles, Donor B struck a cord with the intended parents.


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