Donating again

Whether or not you decide to donate again is completely up to you.  Do not allow an agency or clinic to pressure you into donating again if you are not 100% comfortable with doing so.  It is important to consider how your body responded to the medications and the procedure, and whether or not risks of complications go up with using certain medications repeatedly.

Questions to ask:

Should I donate again? How do I feel about donating more than once? Did I have a positive experience donating eggs?

Donating again means many things.  You will have a new legal contract between you and new intended parent(s).  You may work with a different agency or clinic.  You may be asked to travel more, or farther.  You may be prescribed different medications than your first donation cycle.  Your body may respond differently to new or same medications during subsequent cycles.  Before agreeing to donate again, consider whether or not you are willing to undertake all of these responsibilities and risks again.

Warning: Consent for repeat donations

Avoid giving consent to donate eggs more than once before having even donated for the first time. Some agencies will line up second donations for you before your first donation is completed.  Do not agree to subsequent donations until after you know how your first donation cycle affects your medical and emotional state.

Why is there a limitation on the number of times I can donate my eggs?

There are no specific rules about how many times a woman can donate her eggs, but there are several reasons why a program may limit repeat donations. For instance, there are still unanswered questions about the possible long-term impact on a woman’s health and fertility. Because of this, programs are often reluctant to expose a healthy woman to the process more than a few times.

Programs are also required by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to limit the number of children created using the same donor.  Moreover, the ASRM guidelines suggests that women donate no more than 6 times in her lifetime to minimize anesthesia complications, bleeding, and pelvic inflammation due to egg retrieval.