In the past egg donation was often done in secrecy for a variety of privacy reasons – many egg donations were kept anonymous (this is still done today but is not encouraged). It is now known that for the sake of the donor-conceived child, that it is healthy to have the egg donor in the lives of the intended parents and the child in some capacity (however this may look different for each situation). It is encouraged that the donor-conceived child(ren) are told their origins from a young age.
What is Egg Donation?
Is it similar to Sperm Donation?
An egg donor is when a woman gives her eggs to another woman for the purpose of getting pregnant. Most people have heard of sperm donation. But what is egg donation, and is it just as easy? The short answer is no! It is much harder to extract eggs than sperm. It is a similar process to that of a woman who would use her own eggs, however after the donor’s eggs are extracted and embryos are created with sperm, they are then implanted into the intended parent or surrogate.
Is Egg Donation Dangerous?
Egg donation is generally considered safe however there isn’t a lot of data available to evaluate or studies to pull from. There are immediate risks of hyperstimulation with hormones (which can cause a variety of issues like OHSS – ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome), and there are risks with surgery. There is only one long-term study underway with medical anthropologist, Dr. Diane Tober.