Risks and Complications of Egg Donation
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What are the risks and potential complications of egg donation?
As with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential complications. Since egg donation involves not only medication, but also a surgical procedure, it is important to understand the potential risks, prior to making the decision about egg donation.
Some of the risks and complications of egg donation, include:
- adverse effect of the fertility drugs - fertility drugs alter your body's chemistry as they perform their roles of egg production and follicle development. Some side effects can include: mood swings, irritability, sore breasts, bloating, fatigue and edema - all of the symptoms that accompany premenstrual syndrome
- infection at the needle insertion site - a needle is inserted to withdraw the eggs from your ovary, which can create an opening for bacteria, and subsequent infection, which is very rare
- puncture of the uterus or other internal organs- while attempting to access the ovary - more common in women who are overweight
- side effect of local anesthesia - itching, hives, tenderness, swelling
- pelvic discomfort following the egg harvest