Risks and Other Considerations
Most donors generally do not have problems with the screening and subsequent egg donation process, which include blood sampling, hormone injections and egg retrieval. However, side effects and complications are possible.
Side effects of medications may include breast tenderness, fluid retention, a bloated feeling, moodiness and tenderness in the ovaries. Rarely, a donor may form ovarian cysts or hyperstimulation, a condition associated with enlarged ovaries and fluid in the abdomen. Also in extremely rare cases, clotting of the blood vessels may occur, ovarian cysts may rupture or ovaries may become twisted and require surgery.
Our physicians will closely regulate medications to minimize your discomfort and side effects, although in some cases they cannot be avoided. Although very rare, there also are risks with the egg retrieval procedure, including infection and injury to blood vessels or other structures that could require surgery. If you were to experience any problems with your cycle, the NYU Fertility Center doctors will take full care of you. You will not incur any expenses related to your care.
Our program also provides onsite psychologists who are available for emotional support and counseling throughout the donation process.
You will be fully apprised of all of the possible risks of being an oocyte donor as part of the informed consent process.