Donating your eggs to help intended parents build their families is a generous and selfless act that can make you feel empowered. However, before doing so, you must meet donor requirements and go through screening to ensure you are healthy. One factor that may prevent you from donating your eggs is endometriosis, a condition that occurs when the uterine lining grows beyond the uterus and into other reproductive organs.
It can be difficult to know if you have endometriosis, as the symptoms often mimic those of other conditions and regular periods. Our experienced and trusted team at Elevate Donors can help you assess your risk for endometriosis and determine if you qualify to donate your eggs during our thorough screening process. We always prioritize your health, safety, and comfort so that you can have a stress-free experience. With our extensive knowledge and honest communication, you can make informed decisions based on what is best for you.
Can You Donate Your Eggs If You Have Endometriosis?
According to the World Health Organization, endometriosis affects one in 10 women of reproductive age globally. This condition affects the reproductive system and its ability to function properly. This can make donating eggs risky for those with endometriosis. We believe the egg donation experience should be rewarding and exciting, but we also want to protect your health. Therefore, many egg donation agencies disqualify donors who have endometriosis to prevent future complications.
If you are considering becoming an egg donor but are concerned about endometriosis, talking to your doctor is crucial. You can discuss symptoms, causes, and if you should pursue egg donation. Additionally, part of our screening for egg donors at Elevate Donors involves a comprehensive medical evaluation. During this exam, we can help you determine if egg donation is right for you and if it would be a risk to your health.
Assessing Risk Factors of Endometriosis Before Donating Your Eggs
If you are considering donating your eggs, you should first see your doctor to determine if you have endometriosis. The following symptoms are worth discussing with your physician:
- Painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Heavy bleeding during or between periods
- Depression or anxiety
If you experience these symptoms, you may think they are simply a normal part of your menstrual cycle, but they could indicate a larger issue. You may not even experience any symptoms at all. Regardless of your symptoms, it’s important to know common risk factors for endometriosis, including the following:
- Having a family history of endometriosis
- Starting your period at an early age
- Short menstrual cycles
- Being on birth control, which may conceal mild endometriosis symptoms
- Low body mass index (BMI)
Our passionate Elevate Donors team takes your health seriously, so we will consult with you during screening to discuss your symptoms, if any, and ensure donating your eggs will not be detrimental to your health.
Learn More About Egg Donation and Endometriosis at Elevate Donors
At Elevate Donors, we understand that every egg donor is different, so we provide personalized, hands-on care to determine how egg donation will affect you based on your health and family health history. If you show signs of endometriosis, you may not qualify to donate, as it could worsen your symptoms. With extensive questioning and testing, we can provide insight into your condition and how it affects your ability to donate eggs.
With most of our staff having gone through their own assisted reproduction journeys, we understand what it takes to give you a smooth and positive experience. Our concierge-level services give you the peace of mind that you are in the best hands. We strive to go above and beyond for all egg donors and put their health and safety first. To learn more about endometriosis and egg donation, call us at (323) 933-8918 or fill out our contact form.