Guest Post: My decision to donate my eggs (Part 4 – The donation)

The actual egg donation took place on Monday morning. I had a time to be there, and my wonderful friend Nikki came with me to be my support person and hold my hand. I was a bit nervous, but everyone was so lovely!
I had to get changed, and got an IV line inserted in my arm.

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They took me through to the theatre to get started. The procedure was done under IV sedation which works a treat! I’ll spare you the gory details of how they actually collect the eggs, and I don’t really remember much of it. I swear it only took about 5 mins, but apparently took 20. That’s how well the sedation worked! The next thing I knew I was back in the little cubicle and it was all over.

I think I had a bit of a sleep and woke up feeling pretty good. The whole thing really didn’t seem that bad. After a cup of tea we were ready to head home just before lunch time.

The recipient couple were there as the eggs get inseminated the same day so he had to make his contribution. I saw them briefly afterwards which was lovely, they had more goodies for me too to show their appreciation.

I was a bit sore that afternoon, but it was easily treated with panadol and a heatpack and an afternoon on the couch.

12 eggs were collected in total, and 9 were suitable for insemination. They following day they were checked and 7 were looking good so far. Then they leave them for 5 days in an incubator and see what happens. Apparently they can expect anywhere from 1-3 embryos to be suitable for freezing and implanted later on.

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