Once you have completed the preliminary steps to becoming an egg donor you will be ready to start treatment.
Egg donors are required to undergo an IVF cycle in order to retrieve the eggs.
The female IVF treatment cycle generally follows these stages:
During the IVF treatment you will be required to take some medications/hormones to stimulate the ovaries and promote the growth of follicles containing the eggs. You will be given detailed instructions from your specialist or fertility nurse as when to commence and administered medications, as well as the dosage to be taken.
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The egg retrieval is performed under ultrasound guidance using a probe with a fine needle attached to the side, and takes place while you are sedated (general anaesthetic or light sedation). The fine needle is passed through the vaginal wall and into each follicle on the ovary. The fluid in the follicle is aspirated into a test tube and is then examined under a microscope to look for eggs.
The procedure will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes, dependent upon the number of follicles that have developed. After the procedure you will rest in recovery for about one hour. Some cramping and discomfort after egg retrieval is common, as is some vaginal spotting/bleeding. If this continues, a heat pack, hot water bottle or analgesic may be helpful at home.
This procedure requires a half-day hospitalisation after which you cannot drive home. You will need to organise someone to look after you at home over night. Normal activities can resume 24 hours after you are discharged from the hospital.
Anyone taking medication should be aware of the possible side-effects. The medications used in egg donation may cause minor symptoms, which subside with the cessation of treatment, e.g. breast soreness, nausea, tiredness and swelling of the abdomen.
Women contemplating donating eggs should be aware of the risks involved in this procedure, some of which are comparable with the risks of elective surgery. We encourage you to discuss these with your treating specialist.
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