by Delcie Adams, Donor Coordinator, AsiaWest Once a donor has been matched with a family and the initial excitement subsides, most donors have plenty of questions about the next steps […]
by Delcie Adams, Donor Coordinator, AsiaWest
Once a donor has been matched with a family and the initial excitement subsides, most donors have plenty of questions about the next steps in the process — some even have fears leading up to the egg retrieval.
Of course, this is all normal, but we have found that the more informed donors are, the better prepared and confident they are with the experience ahead.
These are some tips that can help donors through the last steps leading up to their egg retrieval:
Major side effects of the medications are rare. A side effect, hyperstimulation of the ovaries, or OHSS, (when many eggs are produced) can cause some abdominal discomfort and bloating, but less than 1% of women will have a severe case of hyperstimulation. You will be monitored closely to avoid potential side effects. The monitoring will also confirm egg development and maturation by ultrasound examination and blood tests. Expect to have anywhere between 6 to 8 appointments in total (including your egg retrieval). Your flexibility is crucial during this time. Your case manager at AsiaWest, along with the nurse coordinator at your clinic will facilitate the process.
The development of follicles (fluid-filled sacs) can be measured by ultrasound. Blood tests will give a measurement of how well the eggs are developing. When conditions are optimal, hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) will be given for final egg maturation, and this is called the “trigger shot.” Your eggs will be retrieved approximately 34 to 36 hours later.
With any medical procedure there are always a possibility of side effects and risks. What we hear most from the women who have donated are these side effects:
1. Your medications may cause bloating, moodiness, headaches, hot flashes, nausea and constipation.
2. Common side effects from your egg retrieval may include light cramping and soreness. These varying symptoms usually resolve in a few days post egg retrieval.
For more information on traveling for egg donation see here.
At AsiaWest it is our job to make sure you understand the holistic process of egg donation from beginning to end. We want our donors to be well informed, and it is our hope that you always feel comfortable reaching out to our staff with questions or concernsthroughout the egg donation experience.
We encourage honesty and transparency from all parties, and we hope these tips are helpful. Remember, you’re helping intended parents achieve their dream of having a family. And it’s our job at AsiaWest to help you achieve success every step of the way.