A Guide to Egg Donation Myths

Egg donation is a medical procedure where a woman provides her eggs to another person or couple for the purpose of conception. This process has helped many people overcome fertility issues and achieve their dream of becoming parents. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding egg donation that often deter potential donors from participating. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common myths about egg donation.

Myth 1: Egg Donation is Painful

One of the most common myths about egg donation is that it is a painful procedure. In reality, the egg retrieval process is performed under anesthesia and takes about 20-30 minutes. After the procedure, some women may experience mild discomfort, but it is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.

Myth 2: Egg Donation Causes Infertility

Another myth surrounding egg donation is that it can cause infertility in the donor. This is not true. Women are born with a finite number of eggs, and only a few are released each menstrual cycle. During egg donation, the ovaries are stimulated to produce multiple eggs, but this process does not affect the donor’s future fertility.  In fact, donors undergo several medical evaluations to determine their candidacy as a donor.  This information usually proves helpful for donors as they plan their own future family.

Myth 3: Egg Donation Causes Cancer

Some people believe that egg donation can cause cancer in the donor. However, this is not true. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, there is no evidence that egg donation increases the risk of cancer in women.

The egg donation process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, which are then retrieved for fertilization. Some people believe that the use of fertility drugs during the process can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. However, studies have shown that there is no significant increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in women who undergo egg donation.

Myth 4: Egg Donation is Exploitative

Some people view egg donation as a form of exploitation, where women are paid for their eggs. However, egg donation is a voluntary process, and donors are compensated for their time and inconvenience. The compensation is not for the eggs themselves, but for the donor’s time, effort, and discomfort during the process.

Myth 5: Egg Donation is Risky

Egg donation is a safe medical procedure when performed by qualified medical professionals. As with any medical procedure, there are risks, but they are rare. The most common side effects of egg donation include bloating, cramping, and mild pain. Severe complications, such as bleeding or infection, are very rare.

Myth 6: Egg Donation is only for Women with Fertility Issues

Egg donation is not only for women with fertility issues. It is also used in cases where a woman has premature ovarian failure, a genetic disorder, or has undergone cancer treatment. Egg donation can also be used for same-sex male couples who require female genetic material to undergo the IVF process.


Egg donation is a selfless act that can help couples or individuals achieve their dream of becoming parents. Despite the many myths surrounding egg donation, it is a safe and effective procedure that has helped many people start families. If you are considering becoming an egg donor, it is important to do your research and speak with a qualified professional to understand the process fully.  To speak with someone at Elevate to learn more about becoming an egg donor, please email us at info@elevatebaby.com or complete our easy online application HERE.


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