We may not be able to remove all of the eggs during the retrieval which means you could easily become pregnant. We strongly suggest that you use a barrier form of contraception (Foam, diaphragm, condoms) and abstain from intercourse until after you have a period. After the egg retrieval you will probably start a period within 10-14 days. At this time you may return to your normal form of contraception.
There are several complications that may occur while participating in a cycle of egg donation. The primary risk to be aware of is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). The risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation exists any time these medications are used, though newer approaches to using the medications has greatly reduced this risk to 1%. Most women will feel bloated, have some abdominal tenderness, and a temporary 5-10 LB weight gain. In severe cases, patients may require IV fluids, pain medication, hospitalization and monitoring to prevent severe medical complications. If you have regular periods you are not at high risk for developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. There is a risk of causing bleeding within the ovary which could require a blood transfusion, but this is extremely rare. There is a higher chance of ovarian torsion (twising of an ovary requiring surgery to fix the ovary), but this is very rare. There is not thought to be an increased risk of ovarian cancer from use of infertility medications. Studies suggest that the risk of ovarian cancer is not increased by the use of gonadotropins, but the studies are not designed to detect very small risks such as 1 in 20,000. Use of birth control pills and pregnancy can both decrease your risk of ovarian cancer. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We will ask you to sign consent forms prior to beginning a cycle that will detail the risks and responsibilities involved with oocyte donation, conscious sedation, and egg retrieval.
You will receive compensation for your time and inconvenience. Donors are not compensated for the quality of the egg, social/ethnic background, or the results of the procedure. The compensation will be subject to taxation and we will provide you with a Form 1099 for filing your taxes. Donors are not eligible to participate in more than 6 cycles including cycles completed at other centers. Dishonesty about the number of cycles completed at another center is grounds for disqualification from the donor program.