Egg donation, an act increasingly necessary (01/09/16)
Nowadays, in Catalonia, there are already more IVF treatments performed using donor eggs than patient’s own eggs. It is for these reasons that egg donation is an increasingly necessary act, but not everyone knows exactly what this process involves
Nowadays, in Catalonia, there are already more IVF treatments performed using donor eggs than patient’s own eggs. This is mainly because women increasingly delay the moment, when they seek a pregnancy. In reference centres like Institut Marquès, the average age of women, who book a first consultation, is 41.
It is for these reasons that egg donation is an increasingly necessary act, but not everyone knows exactly what this process involves.
For instance, is it painful? Absolutely not. Egg donation is painless, only minimal discomfort similar to that which may be felt during the period. The process involves hormonal treatment administered by injections that the donor can do herself at home, under the supervision and indications of the specialised medical centre. The treatment lasts between 10 and 15 days after which the response to the medication is assessed.
The next step is the egg retrieval. This procedure is performed in a theatre under sedation, but vaginally and through aspiration, without any incision. The retrieval takes about 20 minutes after which the donor remains a few hours at the centre under surveillance and then she should rest at home during the whole day.
Prior to this process, the donor undergoes a complete gynaecological exam and blood tests including serologies, genetic testing; along with a psychological test.
Most donors claim to be primarily motivated by the possibility of being able to help other women to become mothers. It is thus an action increasingly stemmed from solidarity. Even so, the Spanish legislation allows financial compensation to donors for the inconvenience resulting from the process, which can alter their daily lives occasionally. At Institut Marquès this compensation is of 1,000 euros for the first time, 1,100 euros for a second cycle and 1,200 for the third.
The law states, though, that a donor cannot make further donations after the sixth birth occurred thanks to her eggs.