Responsible Surrogacy

Information regarding the ethical aspects of the process

Despite the fact that egg donation is a process significantly shorter than pregnancy, it is not risk free. Prior to retrieval, the egg donor takes hormones designed to maximize the number of eggs collected as part of the process. Many egg donors feel that these hormones make it difficult to conduct daily life. It should be noted that increasing doses of hormones may increase the amount of eggs drawn – but might also damage the health of the donor and her day to day life.

The egg retrieval process itself is done under general anesthesia – and like any other such process, is somewhat risky. Because relatively few studies have examined the long-term clinical impact of egg donations, it is difficult to determine whether there are such influences. There are different opinions regarding the negative impact of the process on future fertility, but the scientific consensus tends to think that there is no such effect. On the other hand, there is evidence, which has not yet been firmly established, showing an increase in the probability of cancer (particularly uterine cancer) following egg donations. However, as mentioned, there is no broad scientific consensus on this issue. You can read a bit about the medical implications of donations here and here.

We recommend that you make sure that all relevant medical information be made available to the egg donor before the process begins, including details of the risks and issues related to the doses of hormones injected.

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