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Become an egg donor

In recent years, there has been a growing number of young women who have chosen to give the greatest and most beautiful gift to infertile couples and single women. Due to disorders such as cancer, early menopause, Turner’s syndrome or hereditary conditions, many women are unable to become pregnant with their own eggs. But being an egg donor means that you could help these women to fulfill their dreams of having children.

Donate your eggs and give the gift of life

There aren’t enough egg donors in Denmark. Many women have to travel abroad to get donor eggs from other women. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of women in this country now who feel that they can make a difference by becoming egg donors. You can help childless women who can't form eggs. You should know that the women and couples will be deeply grateful for your donation. Finally, they will have the opportunity to create their own family.

Danish law on egg donation

According to the law in Denmark, women or egg donors are not allowed to receive payment for their eggs. However, on 1. July 2016, it became legal to compensate with DKK 7,000 for the actual donation. on.

What are the requirements for you as an egg donor?

As an egg donor, you must meet the requirements of the country where the egg donation will take place. For example, an egg donor in Denmark must be between 18 and 35 years. You must be physically and mentally healthy. You must be tested for hereditary diseases and infectious diseases (hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis). You are allowed to donate a total of six times. And remember - you can regret your decision at any time (but no later than on the day of the egg retrieval).

The egg donation process

1. Non-binding conversation

The process starts with an informal conversation with our doctor. Here you will receive detailed information about the process and ethical and legal aspects regarding egg donation. You can choose to donate both anonymously or non-anonymously.

2. Ultrasound scan

If following the discussion, you would still like to become an egg donor, you should complete a journal about your state of health, hereditary disorders, etc. Before the treatment begins, the doctor will perform a vaginal ultrasound examination of your ovaries and uterus. The doctor will also take a blood test for infectious diseases. You must also sign a donation declaration.

3. Prescriptions of medicines for hormone therapy

A nurse will then review your plan with you and explain how to take the hormones, and will answer any further questions you may have. You will receive any necessary medications from the clinic. You can attend this initial meeting the week before you expect to start menstruating.

4. The hormone treatment

On day 2 of your cycle, i.e. the day after your menstruation begins, you will start taking the medicinal preparation known as FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone). The hormones stimulate the body into producing more eggs, and it is administered via an injection through the abdominal wall once a day. It should be administered at the same time each day (+/- an hour). On day 7 of your cycle, you should take another hormone, that prevents you from ovulating too early.

5. Check-up at the clinic

The next check-up will take place 8–10 days after the initial meeting. Here we can check whether the treatment has stimulated the ovaries into producing a suitable number of follicles. If necessary, we will adjust the dosage and make an appointment for another scan. The majority of women need 10–12 days’ stimulation before any egg retrieval can be planned. In any case, you will be notified two days in advance before the egg retrieval is performed.

6. Injection of the ovulating hormone

Once the eggs are fully mature, the egg retrieval can be planned. You will be notified of when to inject the ovulation-inducing hormone. This injection must always be done in the evening, normally 34–37 hours before the egg retrieval. This induces ovulation approx. 40 hours later, so that the egg can be released.

How to prepare for a egg retrieval

  • Before retrieving the eggs, it is advisable to eat a light breakfast without any dairy products.
  • You will arrive at your scheduled appointment time and can expect to be at the clinic for approx. 1–2 hours.
  • If you are on you own, we encourage you to bring someone with you as you will not be able to drive due to the medicine we give you during the egg retrieval procedure.
  • Approximately 1 hour before you arrive at the clinic, you will take 1 tablet to sedate you, and for pain relief.

The egg retrieval

The egg retrieval procedure itself is performed by inserting a fine needle through the vaginal wall into the ovary under ultrasound. The individual follicles are drained, and the egg is extracted along with the fluid. We try to empty all follicles, and you will be told immediately if we have located an egg. However, not every follicle contains an egg. A biomedical laboratory technician uses a microscope to locate the eggs in the fluid that has been extracted. You will be able to follow the egg retrieval procedure on the ultrasound monitor and will be able to see the retrieved eggs on a TV screen. The egg retrieval procedure itself normally takes 5–10 minutes. After the procedure, you will rest for approximately 1 hour at the clinic. 

After the egg retrieval

We recommend that you rest at home for the remainder of the day. You may experience a little vaginal bleeding during the following couple of days (similar to light menstruation). The blood comes from the punctures made by the needle in the vagina – not from the uterus. You may also experience some moderate pain which can be alleviated with paracetamol. Someone must accompany you home as you are not permitted to drive during the following 24 hours. If possible, you should also not be left alone for the rest of that day. You may experience some mild discomfort for up to a week after the procedure.

If you experience heavy bleeding, a lot of pain or fever following egg retrieval, you should ring and ask to speak to a nurse or doctor.

Risks to the donor

Complications are rare, but the donor should naturally always have been thoroughly informed of these before agreeing to be an egg donor. Best practice entails avoiding complications by using the most careful protocols possible for stimulation.

Hormone stimulation can cause some side effects, e.g. the development of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The woman could develop severe abdominal pain, nausea and shortness of breath. If a woman develops such symptoms, she may need to be hospitalized.

Egg retrieval can cause bleeding, bloating, slow wound healing, infection or bleeding. During egg retrieval there could also be damage to the surrounding organs. 

Where do I start?

Have a non-binding discussion with our egg donation team. We occasionally hold an egg donation evening to which we invite egg donors, recipients and donor children. 

Contact us on +45 32 57 33 16 or email:  info[at]storkklinik.dk

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