Disadvantages of egg donation
What can be more precious than holding a long-awaited infant in your arms? Seeing him or her smiling and hearing cooing and babbling to you? Some parents have already experienced such a joy, some are waiting for this with anticipation and there some whose joy is delayed indefinitely because of medical issues. Even though the modern medical care has invented many ways to fool Mother Nature not everything goes smoothly. For example, egg donation has indisputable advantages, especially for infertile couples and seems to be quite safe, however, may have some disadvantages both for egg donors and an intended mother.
What are disadvantages of egg donation for egg donors?
First of all, the candidate should take an unbiased look at the advantages and disadvantages of egg donation. Even if the money compensation looks quite tempting, the egg donation is still a serious procedure that may cause some side effects e.g. ovarian overstimulation syndrome. This complication is quite common and may have the following symptoms: abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting; in rare cases excessive fluid should be surgically removed. Apart from rather uncomfortable symptoms, it may cause fertility problems in the future. Possible complications may include: minor disorientation, bleeding, infection, cramps right after surgical intervention. There is a risk of organs’ puncture at the time of oocyte removal as well.
Moreover, the candidate should be ready to arrive at the clinic anytime when it is necessary for hormonal stimulation, ultrasound, check-up or blood test and it can be quite stressful and exhausting because it interferes with your daily routine and may change your plans instantly. Additionally, the habitual lifestyle must be changed: the egg donor mustn’t smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs and have unprotected sex. So, all these disadvantages can be quite challenging.
What are disadvantages of using an egg donor for intended parents?
Regardless all the visible benefits the couple gets from egg donation there are significant cons of this infertility treatment and most of them are connected with high cost of this procedure and additional expenses. So, generally, the intended parents should pay monetary compensation to the egg donor and a fee to the agency, provide the donor with medical insurance, pay for medical treatment, legal support to draft the contract with the woman and adjust all the possible misunderstandings. Moreover, the couple may cover travel expenses if the candidate lives in another place.
All in all, it is solely your personal or family’s decision that you should make carefully and without any hesitations and doubts. And remember, that this very small step can be a huge leap in somebody else’s life.