Follow-up care & information

Questions to ask:

Do I receive post-counseling or follow-up care?

Most programs offer 1-2 follow-up medical appointments to monitor you after the procedure. While seeking counseling services is encouraged, keep in mind that most programs do not offer emotional support or post-donation counseling services.

Consideration: Follow-up care appointments

The program should offer at least two (2) follow-up care appointments, but some programs do not offer any follow-up care at all, and it is normal for a donor to feel let down after being such an integral part of the process.

What symptoms can I expect after the procedure?

Common post-procedure symptoms are:

  • bloating
  • cramping
  • abdominal pressure
  • pain
  • swelling
  • breast tenderness
  • moodiness

Many donors describe the post-procedure symptoms as a moderate to severe case of menstrual cramps or PMS.  These symptoms should go away when you start your next menstrual cycle.  If you experience any symptoms that seem out of the ordinary or if you are experiencing extreme discomfort or pain, seek medical attention.

What if I experience medical complications?

It is crucial to establish with the clinic what you should do and what they will do if you experience medical complications after the procedure. Will you still be covered under their insurance? Can you receive medical support and advice? Should you go to their clinic or the hospital? Ask all of these questions prior to starting any medications.