Egg Donation Consequences; Are there any Negative Effects?

All around the world, there are some women helping those who are struggling with infertility. This is a very generous and priceless act because they give hope and enthusiasm to the couples who are exhausted by trying different medical treatments. Egg donation can be an important way of treatment for women who do not have healthy eggs for medical reasons.

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Duration of procedure

3-4 weeks

Hospital Stay

Zero day

Minimum Stay in Iran

3 to 4 weeks


In the USA, 18,000 donor egg cycles are performed every year. The donors go through IVF process and they will be compensated for their effort and time. You may be thinking about helping the other couples to create their own families by donating your eggs. At the same time, you may wish to have your own children in the future. As the result, you may have worries about the egg donation consequences, probable health problems and whether it can affect your own fertility. In this article, we go over some common questions about egg donation and fertility and try to answer them.

IVF + Embryo Transfer

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

IVF + PGD (Sex Selection)

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

IVF + Egg donation

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

IVF + Egg Donation + PGD

21-28 days
  • Treatment
  • Medical consultation
  • Post Treatment follow-up
  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

Can Egg Donation Cause Early Menopause?


Early menopause happens when the period cycle of a woman under 40 stops permanently. This problem happens when a woman’s ovaries do not have eggs to produce. The amount of fertility hormones i.e. estrogen and progesterone decreases after menopause. Thus, ovulation and menstruation stop. The average age for menopause is between the ages of 48 to 55. Although, between %1 to %4 of women experience early menopause sometimes when they are in their 20s.

There is a rumor about undergoing IVF and other fertility treatments which can cause early menopause. Here we explain the whole procedure. In a normal cycle of each month, body produces 15 to 20 egg follicles.  Among them one of the follicles get fully matured to be the dominant egg that will be released on that month’s cycle. The other immature eggs will be absorbed by the body. Fertility drugs actually try to stimulate all the follicles that have been already released to become matured, so that they can be retrieved for donation. Thus, egg retrieval does not decrease the egg supply. It just saves more of the released eggs that a woman loses during each of her cycles.

Can Egg Donation Cause Cancer?

 After passing several years of egg donation, there is now sufficient data about the short-term side effects. However, we lack some studies on the long-term effects of this process. Hormone therapy may be subjected to raise some questions about the possibility of making a cancer in a long term.

 In the egg donation process for donors, the hormone stimulation would be necessary and if there are some risks about egg donation, it is mostly because of hormone stimulation, because they must take medications which can obviously have some side effects. Similar risks may also exist for those women who use their own eggs for IVF procedure in gestational surrogacy because they use the same hormone medications just like egg donors. There can be the same risks for those who retrieve their eggs in order to preserve them for future use as well.

Today we do not have a strong evidence about whether egg donation can cause cancer. All we have are stories of single cases, which cannot be a reliable proof for this issue. Because in every scientific research, we need to have enough sample to be carefully monitored for a long time by considering their own health and their families’ medical backgrounds. Thus, single cases do not establish a strong connection between hormone stimulation of egg donors with a future cancer.

Will Egg Donation affects future Fertility?

By helping another couple to have a baby, you may also think about having a family yourself someday. So there may be some concerns about having the ability to have kids in the future and whether the egg donation can cause problems.

One of the main concerns regarding egg donation is whether the egg supplies would decrease after the process. As it was said before, by using medication to stimulate growth of egg, we try to save more eggs by making them mature instead of getting absorbed by the body and disappear. At the end, you have the same amount of eggs left in your ovaries, so there is nothing to worry about depleting the egg supplies.

There are some reports that shows injectable hormone medications may make you feel moody just like how you may feel during your PMS before your menstrual cycle. The hormone levels go back to normal about 14 days after donation once the menstrual period occurs.

There are some rare cases who may experience Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which can cause symptoms like bloating and abdominal cramps. In the very rare cases which is less than %1 of donors, OHSS can lead to ovarian torsion. For reducing the risk of that, the doctor will recommend you to exercise before donating.

You have to know that researches have never shown any evidence regarding infertility due to the egg donation. A recent study on a group of 60 egg donors showed that 54 women got pregnant within a year with having a difficulty after they decided to have a baby. Three other one got pregnant after 18 months. The other three got pregnant but after undergoing some treatments and among them two had infertility problems because of their male partner. So we can conclude that there is nothing to worry about future fertility after donating.

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