Does Multiple Egg Donation Impair Fertility?

Does Multiple Egg Donation Impair Fertility?

Many women choose to donate their eggs to other couples who are trying to conceive for a variety of reasons. Some women simply do it for the financial aspect, and enjoy the money that can be made from donating their eggs. Some women feel like it is their way of giving to others who may not otherwise be able to conceive, and they consider it to be a way for them to give back and help others. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, there has been some concern that multiple egg donation may impair an egg donor’s future fertility. There is a new report out that covers this topic in depth, read on to find out more.

The Study

An in-depth study was conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The study followed all egg donor charts over a period of eight years for women who had completed more than five donor egg cycles.

The study took many different things into consideration, including donors’ Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels, amount of hormonal medication given, length of time the donor was stimulated, and the number of eggs retrieved. The average age of the women was around 26 years old at the time of the first egg donation, and around 28-29 years old at the time of the fifth egg donation.

The Results

The study revealed that even if women undergo multiple egg donation cycles, there is no damage to their future fertility. “This retrospective study is reassuring in that egg donors who undergo up to six cycles do not have evidence of depleting their ovarian reserve, which bodes well for their future fertility,” Dr. Linda Giudice, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said in a society news release.

This is great news for women who want to continue to donate their eggs, even for multiple cycles. The study shows that there is no long term damage to fertility, so women can donate their eggs and even successfully go on to conceive a baby of their own later in life, even if they have been an egg donor multiple times in the past!

What About Using Donor Eggs?

The study also showed that couples who used donor eggs to get pregnant could also benefit from using frozen eggs. The study showed that frozen eggs were just as effective as “fresh” eggs and that they were also more cost effective, which is great. The pregnancy rate for using fresh eggs was around 60 percent, while the pregnancy rate for using frozen eggs was really close at 57 percent. The study also showed that more than 60 percent of all donor egg cycles in the past six months were conducted using frozen eggs, so this shows that frozen eggs are gaining in popularity.

“Frozen egg banking is a promising development for patients and donors alike,” Giudice said. “Because the costs are lower and a shorter waiting time is involved, more patients are likely to find frozen donor eggs a very appealing alternative to fresh donor eggs.”

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by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)