When going through your egg donation cycle, your body is putting in an extra effort so that you can produce multiple healthy and strong eggs to help the intended parents achieve their dream of bringing home a healthy baby. Your care and comfort are important throughout this time.
Here are some tips for egg donors currently in cycle.
- Ask Questions! If you are unsure about anything during your cycle, make sure to ask your agency, clinic, and/or physician so that you are fully informed and comfortable with the process. It is a good idea to have their contact information saved and readily accessible in case you need to reach them urgently. Agencies and clinics have on-call numbers so you can reach someone to ask questions during non-business hours.
- Hydration and Electrolytes: As an egg donor, your body is working hard to produce multiple eggs. Make sure to take special care of yourself during this critical time, stay hydrated (try to drink fluids with lots of electrolytes).
- Healthy Diet: Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is always important, but it is especially important during your egg donation cycle. Leafy greens, other vegetables, and fruit will keep you healthy. Try to avoid foods a high-sugar and high-carb diet as they will increase any bloating that you may have. Make sure to talk to your doctor about the best nutrition plan for you during this time.
- Relaxation: Take it easy, girl! During your egg donation cycle, you should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. As always, it is best to discuss any exercise regimen during this time with a physician.
- Loose Fitting Clothes: During your egg donation cycle you may experience some bloating as your ovaries are working hard to produce multiple eggs. Don’t be surprised if your clothes get a little tight. Try to wear loose-fitting clothes or pants with stretchy waistbands so you feel more comfortable.
- Injections: Always talk to your physician about how to properly take the injections. If you find that you are feeling a bit tender from the injections, you may find it helpful to alternate injection sites. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to take your medications.
- Journaling: You will receive updates after every monitoring appointment. It is a good idea to journal any information you receive (like changes to medications, appointment times, etc.) from the medical team. You can also ask the team to text or email you the information.
- Be Early to Appointments: If you are early, sometimes you may be able to be seen ahead of your scheduled appointment. Other times, the clinic may have a full day so arriving even a few minutes early is always helpful.
9. Use Your Support System: Having a strong support system in place during your egg donation cycle is important. Keep in mind that you will need a companion to go with you to the egg retrieval. You should talk to your support system (and your agency) about how you are feeling throughout the process and for support. Once you are matched with parents, you can also utilize our private Facebook group for egg donor support. Contact your coordinator for more info!