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May 13th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Anyone know anything about donating eggs? I have really wanted to do it for a few years now and I just want to know what it is like and how it goes? Does it affect my fertility later? I dont have children yet and ive suffered 2 miscarriages....that also makes me wonder if they'd even choose me. I just always want to help others and I think this is a great thing but i know it would change my life and I dont know what to think...any ideas? suggestions? Thanks!
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May 13th, 2009, 04:28 PM
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I know the screening process is pretty intense... They disqualify for a lot of things, from being overweight to having any type of medical issues either with you or your family. The process is pretty long and trying if you are accepted for donation as well. You have to take shots and other medications to prepare your body and eggs for harvesting, then go through a procedure to retrieve the eggs, and after care as well. Its pretty hard on your system... Im not sure how it would affect future fertility, but I would imagine as with any procedure that involves an internal procedure, it could cause scaring or damage which could cause future problems. Its not a decision to be taken lightly, and definitely make sure to get lots of info through a reputable place before deciding. You could contact a local fertility Dr, or office that specializes in the procedure for more info. A really good National center in the U.S. is Shady Grove Fertility in Maryland. They are a leading center for all things fertility... You can Google them for more info- they may even have some FAQ on their site about it.
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May 18th, 2009, 07:31 PM
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I've actually done an egg donation. It is a long process but very rewarding. I had to do all kinds of medical and psychological screenings before I could do it. I want to say it was about 6 months from start to finish. Once we started the actual process though, I had to do twice daily injections for about 3 months to get my hormone levels up and produce the eggs. When they did the procedure, I was able to donate 75 eggs at once. Afterwards, I felt fine a day or two later. In fact, I went back to work the next day. I couldn't workout for a week while my ovaries went back to normal size.

I will warn you, though, that the hormones don't go back to normal afterwards for a long time, if at all. My hormone levels were sky high for years. I had my tubes tied before my donation. But after the donation, I had 2 ectopic miscarriages. I also had to have surgery for endometriosis, which I didn't have before the donation. The doctor blamed the elevated hormone levels from the egg donation. Ever since, I've had problems with my hormones. I've tried all kinds of things to get my estrogen levels to stay down, including all kinds of drug therapies, various surgeries, and natural remedies, but for some reason, they will still spike once in a while. I'll gain a ton of weight when it happens and it takes me a few months to take it back off. I've learned to deal with it and am happy that I went through it all. And every time I look at my beautiful neice and handsome nephew, I smile and know that I would gladly do it again, crazy hormone issues and all because they are so worth it!
Tonya Wife to Mike, Mom to Bobby (19) and Koti (17)
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