As you’ve considered egg donation and whether it’s the right path for you, chances are, you’ve come up with a list of egg donor questions you want answered. Below you’ll find the most questions asked by new egg donor candidates.
May I donate my eggs if I have an IUD?
An intrauterine device (IUD)is a device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two different categories of IUD – the non-hormonal form of IUD (such as Paraguard), and the hormonal form of IUD (such as Mirena). The non-hormonal IUD does not release hormones, and as a result, does not need to be removed during an egg donation cycle.
The hormonal IUD is a contraceptive that releases hormones slowly to prevent pregnancy. In the past, doctors asked for this type of IUD to be removed, but more recently, clinics have approved the hormonal IUD to be in place, and overlap the IUD with birth control pills. Check with your nursing team for more information.
May I donate my eggs if I have had my tubes tied?
Yes. On egg retrieval day, your eggs will be retrieved by aspiration directly from your ovaries, and as a result, a tubal ligation does not impact your ability to donate your eggs.
May I donate my eggs if I have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a list of communicable diseases fertility centers must test for, including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, in order to determine eligibility for anonymous egg donation. FDA regulations do not permit you to donate for a twelve month window if you’ve been treated for a curable communicable disease such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis. You will not be allowed to donate at all if you’ve been diagnosed with an incurable disease such as HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C.
May I have sexual intercourse while taking fertility medications?
Egg donors are asked to abstain from sexual intercourse while taking fertility medications, and further, an egg donor should not resume sexual activity until they have experienced their first menstrual period following the egg retrieval procedure (7-14 days post-retrieval). Engaging in sexual activity during the egg donation cycle may increase the chances of getting pregnant.
May I donate my eggs if I have tattoos or piercings?
This question finds itself on most lists with egg donor questions. As an egg donor, you may donate with tattoos or piercings, but special permission from the fertility center and tattoo/piercing parlor documentation may be required if your tattoo or your piercing was performed within the past 12 months. If you’re considering a tattoo or piercing, contact our office and we can give you further instructions, and take a moment to read our article about body modifications.
May I donate my eggs if I am breastfeeding?
Unfortunately, the hormones involved in lactation restrict you from donating your eggs while breastfeeding. However, if you would like to complete your egg donor application in advance of weaning your baby, we would be happy to help you get ready to begin your egg donor journey once your body is ready.
Will I experience constipation after my egg retrieval procedure?
It is not uncommon to experience mild to moderate constipation after your egg retrieval procedure. Your nursing team will provide you with dietary instructions and helpful advice on how to help alleviate the symptoms of constipation. You may also read our article HERE for more information about natural remedies for relieving constipation.
If we’ve answered your questions and you remain excited about the possibility of becoming an egg donor, you may begin your online egg donor application form.
If you have other egg donor questions you’d like to see on this list, contact our office today.