Egg Donation – The Details, Straight from Kate

 In Donor Experience

In this Post, Kate gives the details of how she responded to and proactively managed:

The Injections
The Ultrasounds
The Egg Retrieval
The Days Post Retrieval

Googling What to Expect

Before I started taking the medications, I had read a few blog posts saying how emotional and bloated the women were who had been taking the injections for the week or two. I don’t know if I just had very good luck all four times I’ve done it, or if they were just being over dramatic, but there was no change in my mood at all; I did not feel sad, or get “moody” like some women claimed.

What Was it Really Like for Kate?

The injections that you have to give yourself for a week or two before the retrieval also are nothing to worry about; the needles are so tiny you barely feel them going in. I only remember one time out of hundred of injections that I have given myself where my stomach bruised a tiny bit. During my monitoring sessions, I had to get blood drawn every day for about a week, which was more annoying than painful…as long as I switched back and forth between arms that they drew the blood from, it did not hurt.

Ultrasounds

The only annoyance when it came to pain that I can think of is I found out I had a latex allergy/sensitivity during all the ultrasounds I had. They used a latex covering over the ultrasound wand and after a few days I became extremely itchy and had to have the doctor call in a prescription cream. That was also only during my first time donating that it happened, because afterwards all the clinics changed over to latex-free coverings. The ultrasounds can also be a little uncomfortable because your ovaries are so big that the wand bumps into them, but the technicians are always very nice and gentle so it doesn’t hurt, just slightly uncomfortable. (CDC reports 6% of population has a latex sensitivity)

The Retrieval

For about three days after my first retrieval I couldn’t move too fast or it would be uncomfortable, but not painful in anyway. The retrieval itself is done under sedation, so there is no pain during the procedure. The nurses and staff at the clinic will go over pretty extensively the risk of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome and how to avoid it. It is very rare, and I did not get it during any of my donations. The nurses told me that I needed to have salty foods and stay hydrated for a few days after the retrieval. Before I had the procedure done, I went out and bought a bunch of gatorades and Ramen Noodles/ Cup-of-Soups because they are very high in sodium. I would have a full gatorade and a cup of the soup every few hours after my retrial. I think this helped tremendously for me to feel so well afterwards.

On the Whole

Overall, the entire process for me was pretty painless and easy, and definitely worth it!

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