What donors should know about getting pregnant after egg donation
One of the most frequently asked questions we field at EDCB from donors is about getting pregnant after egg donation. Like many women, you may wonder whether becoming an egg donor will affect your own ability to conceive and give birth to a child when you’re ready to start your family.
Questions donors ask about getting pregnant after egg donation
At EDCB, we work hard to address an egg donor’s concerns. Here are a few of the questions you may have about getting pregnant after egg donation.
- Does egg donation reduce a woman’s egg supply?
It does not. During your menstrual cycle, your ovaries produce between 15 and 20 mature eggs that are located inside your ovarian follicles. Typically, one egg matures and is released each cycle. Your body simply absorbs the remaining eggs back into the uterine lining at the end of each cycle, which is exactly what occurs when getting pregnant after egg donation.
During the process, the medications we give you develop all the eggs your body produces during a cycle, including the eggs that are normally reabsorbed. Those eggs are then retrieved instead of being left unused during your cycle.
- Will egg donation cause fertility problems that affect my ability to get pregnant?
No. Fertility problems are caused by many issues, but no studies have shown that donating eggs has a negative effect on getting pregnant after egg donation.
- Will any of the tests conducted when I am becoming an egg donor provide me with beneficial information when planning my own family?
During the process of becoming an egg donor, you will receive testing that provides you with valuable information that may even help you when getting pregnant after egg donation. For example, you will undergo genetic testing that will highlight any genetic issues of which you would want to be aware, along with information about your overall and reproductive health. These tests are expensive, but they are provided to you at no charge.
EDCB has a special way of helping donors protect their future fertility
We value our egg donors, and we want to help you protect your future fertility so you will be fully prepared when getting pregnant after egg donation. EDCB provides successful egg donors with free fertility preservation for one year. During a donor cycle, we reserve one to three eggs for your future use and store them. This service typically costs women $10,000 to $12,000 and the first year of storage costs around $750, all provided free of charge to our donors.
Becoming an egg donor is a special service you provide to other families, and you can do so with peace of mind, knowing that donation doesn’t affect your chances for getting pregnant after egg donation. Contact us for more information.