This is an injectable medication that is given subcutaneously (just beneath the surface between the skin and muscle). It may be injected into the stomach or thigh. It helps lower luteinizing and follicle stimulation hormones in your body. The average length of time for Lupron is 14-21 days. This medication is started at about 21 days in your cycle. Some possible side effects include; moodiness, hot flashes, and headaches. This is not a fertility medicine and must be refrigerated at all times.
FHS or Gonadotropin
Follicle Stimulation Hormones (FHS) stimulates the ovaries and causes them to produce more follicles which give a greater chance for a successful outcome. It is given subcutaneously for about 10-12 days. Possible side effects are: moodiness, headaches, fatigue, bloating, and OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome). The IVF specialist will take care to minimize the chances of this occurring. This medication needs to be taken at the same time each morning.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
This prepares the ovaries for egg retrieval. The injection is intramuscularly, directly into the muscle, in the hip area. The donor must inject this medication themselves and will be given proper instruction for that. Possible side effects include; moodiness, headaches, fatigue, and bloating. This medication must be taken at the prescribed time as the egg retrieval is a timed procedure.
Finally, when your cycle is coming to an end, you will begin the egg retrieval procedure. It is usually performed in the morning hours. You will be sedated during the procedure through an IV which will be placed in your arm. The retrieval will take place at the IVF Center in their operating or procedure room. A vaginal ultrasound probe, with a needle guide, is inserted into the vagina. The tip of the needle enters the ovaries and aspirates each follicle for an egg. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, you will be observed for about 1-2 hours following the retrieval. You may experience some cramping in the lower abdomen, light vaginal bleeding, and some bloating. These symptoms usually go away within a day or two.
We prefer that you have someone accompany you to your final appointment. This would be for your benefit as you will be feeling pretty crummy after and we don’t want you walking, biking or taking transit by yourself. The retrieval process takes a lot out of you physically and we would recommend you having someone to be there for you. If you are flying, it is recommended to fly back home the following day after retrieval.
Being an egg donor is an important decision and does require a commitment. We recommend that you make attempts to research about becoming an egg donor. This will prepare you and give you the knowledge to properly make this lasting decision. It is emotional and heartbreaking if a donor decides not to proceed after having been chosen by a couple. So please take the time to make this decision.