There are lots of good reasons to think about being an egg donor. Obviously you are really helping couples who are unable to conceive on their own. There is also a great deal of money to be made. However before you jump in and decide to become an egg donor you need to consider the health risks. Egg donation is fairly safe but there are potential risks involved and you need to know what they are.

As a general rule being an egg donor is safe, however like all medical procedures there are some risks involved. The biggest risk is that of hormone hyper-stimulation. This occurs because of the need to harvest multiple eggs from the donor to ensure that one becomes fertilized. In order to do this they normally give the donor hormones to increase egg production. In most cases the side effects of these hormones will be limited to soreness at the injection site. However many women also experience soreness of the breasts and mood swings. There are however some cases where the side effects can be more severe and include kidney failure, a build up of fluids in the lungs or blood clotting. It is sometimes necessary to remove one or both ovaries as a result of these complications. In very rare cases death may occur because of these side effects.

The process of actually retrieving the eggs comes with a small health risk as well. The eggs are retrieved by inserting a needle, the most likely health risk is that the area around the injection site may become infected. In some cases there is a danger that the needle might accidentally hit one of the organs nearby, the bladder or the stomach are the most likely. It is also possible that the needle may penetrate the ovary. If any of this happens you will likely need surgery to fix the damage. In rare cases the process of retrieving the eggs may lead to infertility for the egg donor.

The most likely side effect of being an egg donor is that your normal cycle may be interrupted. Normally donors are given a medication that stops the normal functioning of their cycle. This is done to make it easier to get the eggs. However changing your normal cycle can have some side effects. In most cases these are not all that severe but you should be aware of them if you are thinking about donating eggs. Usually the symptoms that you will experience are similar to those of PMS, headaches, mood swings and tender breasts are likely. You may also experience vaginal dryness and in some cases even vision problems. These conditions are normally just temporary as you will go back to your regular cycle once you have stopped taking the medication. You just have to be aware that the period while you are on the medication can be unpleasant.

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