Does Egg Donation Impact Future Fertility?

Sometimes when we are making an important decision, we may intuitively know the right choice but a plethora of thoughts flood our minds, making us second guess ourselves. Donating eggs is one of those important decisions, and given the large volume of varying information out there, having doubts and hesitations is expected.  To answer the common concern of whether egg donation will impact future fertility, the answer is no. Donating your eggs will not decrease your chances of getting pregnant… Phew! Read on to learn exactly why this should not be a concern of yours. 

Egg donation does not decrease your egg supply

By the time of puberty, a woman will have about 300,000 – 400,000 eggs. Over the course of her reproductive lifetime, around 500 of these eggs will be ovulated. Every time a woman ovulates, her body starts to mature about 15 to 20 eggs. Only one egg is released during each ovulation cycle, while the other 14-19 are reabsorbed into the body. When you donate your eggs, your body may mature the same amount during regular ovulation (15 to 20 eggs per cycle). Overall, you will have the same amount of eggs left in reserve that you would have had anyway. 

The medical process and treatment

If you choose to donate eggs, your medical team will decide which fertility medications will best suit you. Medications are administered via injection just under the skin, which will only impact your hormone level during the ovulation cycle in which they are taken. Once you stop taking the medications, your body’s hormone levels will bounce back to normal. Studies show that using fertility medications do not have long-term consequences for fertility.  Simply put, fertility medications boost your hormones while you’re taking them, but they leave your body quickly once you stop.  

Egg donation is very safe, but like any other medical procedure, it does not go completely without risks. Ovarian HyperStimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is an exaggerated response to excess hormones, and it can cause bloating and cramps. In very rare cases, OHSS may lead to a condition called ovarian torsion, where an ovary twists and causes severe pain and possible damage to the ovary. The risk of ovarian torsion, however, is less than one percent, and here at Simple Surrogacy we will be with you every step of the way, prepared to assist you with anything that comes up. We also make sure that insurance is purchased for each donor, to cover any complications that come up so you would not have to pay any expenses or medical costs.

How to protect future fertility

Living a healthy lifestyle is proven to lead to higher fertility rates, so the lifestyle choices you make are the most important factor in protecting your fertility. Here are some things you can do to manage your fertility and maintain your likelihood of getting pregnant, egg donation or not:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking
  • Keep caffeine and alcohol intake to a minimum
  • Get a fertility check
  • Maintain awareness of your sexual and cervical health

To determine if you are a good fit for egg donation, check out the egg donation qualifications and we look forward to getting you started!

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