Will donating eggs affect future Fertility?
A recent study measured anti-mullerian hormone levels in donors who had undergone multiple cycles over a period of a couple of years. These donors did not show any decrease in their AMH levels, indicating that their fertility was not affected by the procedure. When a woman starts getting her periods, there are approximately 300,000 eggs. In her reproductive lifespan, a woman will ovulate around 400 times. Even with 6 such cycles the number of eggs retrieved will not affect future menses, fertility or menopause. In addition, people that are unable to use their own eggs or choose not to also may consider using an egg donor.
We are happy to share that there is no evidence that egg donation affects future fertility or carries serious risks of any long term effects. If you choose to donate eggs, your medical team will decide which fertility medications will best stimulate your ovaries to mature more eggs during a cycle. The medications are administered by injections, which will only impact your hormones during the cycle they are taken. Once you stop taking them, your body’s hormones will bounce back to normal. Your period may not immediately go back to its regular schedule, but the fertility medications will no longer be stimulating your ovaries. We have no evidence suggesting that multiple egg donation cycles affect fertility in any way.
Sperm donors are also asked to refrain from having sexual intercourse for 2 days before donation. A woman who decidesto donate eggswill undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation. From this, you will know the exact condition of your gynecological and sexual health through physical examination, ultrasound and blood work. You will learn about your ovarian reserve, infectious disease status, and risk of having a child with a genetic disease like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. Much of this information will be important to you in the future when you are ready to start your own family.
What can I do to protect my fertility in the future?
For your application to be a donor to be successful, you need to refrain from taking alcohol or drugs 2 months before making the application. The IVF procedure is ideal for men who can’t produce enough sperm or for females with fallopian tubes problems. We all know that smoking is bad for us in many ways, and it’s extremely bad for fertility. Although it could take some months for your periods to return to normal, there is no reason to worry about it. The information provided in this blog is intended to provide a generalized overview and is not to be considered medical advice. Please consult with your physician for actual medical advice specific to you.
And Ph.D. degrees at Case Western Reserve Medical School and completed his residency at Cornell University Medical Center. While at Cornell, in 1992 he performed the first successful U.S. embryo biopsy to prevent a genetic disease, resulting in a healthy baby. His ongoing research since that time has been in improving that technology and applying it to egg freezing. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology, as well as being certified by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. His interests include reimplantation genetic testing, egg freezing and fellowship training.
Common Reasons for Needing an Egg Donor
Most women are back to their normal routines the day after the procedure. Over the course of her reproductive lifetime, around 500 of these will be ovulated. Every time a woman ovulates, her body starts to mature about 15 to 20 eggs.