Egg donation is completely legal in Canada however, we cannot pay donors for their eggs. Donors will have reimbursements for things like childcare, supplements, lost wages for related appointments, etc., for up to $5,000 on average.
What do I expect the day of retrieval?
The day of your retrieval you will be given a sedative that allows this process to be painless; you will be groggy but you will be awake. Once the procedure is done, and you have been given the o.k. to go home, you will feel pretty tired - again this is due to the sedation that had been given. Once the sedation wears off, you will feel period like cramping and some discomfort.
Can I donate my eggs multiple times?
Yes. You can donate more than once, if your health permits.
Will I run out of eggs?
No! The female body on average has hundreds of thousands of eggs, while losing one to two eggs on average during your cycle monthly. Donors need to have a screening which tests the ovarian reserve, to ensure you have plenty of eggs for this process and for yourself if you plan on having a family/ more children.
Are there risks and side effects?
As with any procedure, there are potential risks and side effects. Your physician will make sure you are well aware of these risks before beginning. You will also be closely monitored during the process with blood work, and vaginal ultrasounds - to ensure your health is top priority.
Will I be required to pay for anything?
The IP's (intended parents) cover all expenses related to the donation; including travel.