Egg Donation Procedures

Written by Will Baum
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Egg donation procedures are time-tested and effective. "Time-tested" may seem odd to be able to say about a process that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but egg donation procedures have been around for quite a while now. Doctors have them down to a science, minus the fiction.

How Egg Donation Procedures Work

The first thing is to remember that a life is being created. A couple that could otherwise not have a child is being given the opportunity to become parents. If egg donation involved hanging upside-down from a skyscraper while being force-fed larva-infested marshmallows, it would still be worth it. Happily, egg donation procedures are not nearly so dangerous or unpleasant.

Here's how it works: first, the egg donor takes fertility drugs to stimulate her ovaries. Two weeks later, the donor will get a hormone injection to make certain that the new eggs are mature. Three days after that, it's time to collect the eggs. This is an outpatient procedure. The donor is sedated mildly and the eggs are retrieved through a process called "transvaginal ultrasound aspiration." Basically, a tube with a tiny ultrasound reader and a needle is inserted through the cervix and steered toward the ovaries, where eggs are extracted. Usually one procedure nets eight to ten eggs.

In order to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, it is suggested that a donor avoid unprotected intercourse (even more than usual) until after her next period. Now, the eggs can be given to a couple in need. The identical procedure works when the donor want to become pregnant herself through in vitro fertilization. Egg donation procedures work the same way regardless of the recipient.


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