Informed consent is when you give or deny your agreement to proceed once you have been informed of all possible risks and outcomes of a procedure.
Questions to ask:
What is consent and how does this apply to me?
Signing the consent form means that you are, to the best of your ability, comfortable with moving forward with the egg donation process. It also means that you understand your responsibilities and are giving the clinic permission to move forward with their procedure. Often the consent form will also ask you to waive any liability on the part of the doctors and clinic for any potential negligence during the egg donor cycle. Consent forms may include language such as “I understand and agree to the possible complication, including, but not limited to decreased fertility and/or death.” It is important to understand the implications of agreeing to these provisions.
You can find many examples of consent forms online. Just search for “egg donation sample consent form”. Note that consent forms for research may differ from consent forms for fertility.
Can I opt out if I decide not to donate after signing the consent form?
Keep in mind that even after you sign the consent form, you are allowed to withdraw your consent to participate at any time before the retrieval of the eggs. It is recommended that you review this consent form with a legal advisor.