I would suggest reading the egg donor forum. There is a lot of information in there.
1. Decide what type of donation you might be interested in...Anonymous-Semi-Known-or Known
2. You will be required to take injectable medication and be able to attend multiple dr. visits usually in the morning before 9am!!
3. You are not able to donate "usually" if you have more than 2 family members with any type of disease like cancer etc!
Each Dr has their own protocol.
But here is an example type:
You will have to have your blood tested for multiple diseases -STDs and genetic
You will have to have psychological screening and usually an MMPI to make sure you are in the right mind set to be a donor
Now for the meds:
Usually put on birth control pills (EVEN IF YOUR TUBES ARE TIED) for 3wks to get you in-sync with the recipient
Once you are in-sync you will then start lupron to stop your cycle so the Dr office controls when AF (your monthly visitor) comes.
You will take stimulation meds from 10-12 days normally but please know EACH PERSON is different.. I am a fast stimmer usually going by day 9 whereas Anja who is a Wonderful donor is a slower stimmer! But we both have had successful donations but our bodies respond totally opposite.
Once your E2 (estrogen) levels reach around 2400-3000 (ideally) you will take a TRIGGER shot. This is a shot that makes your body release the eggs for retrieval. This is a shot you must take at a certain time in order for your eggs to be retrieved before they rupture.
36 HRS after trigger is usually your retrieval. MOST people are put in an awake sedation (IV sedation) The process of retrieving the eggs takes around 15-30 min.
Personally I didn't hurt after my retrievals (pain from the procedure itself) but 2xs I did have pains about 3 days later....this is called OHSS and you need to read up on it. There are different things that happy to people when they experience OHSS. I would look about 9 months preggers, feel sick to my stomach, headache from he2l and then later found out I developed a blood clot from my levels getting too high...
BUT with all that said (in the last paragraph) I WOULD DO IT AGAIN if they would let me!!!
I love knowing I helped people's dream come to life by doing something so little! It truly is amazing!!!
I am a known donor therefore I get photos of ALL my egg donor bubs and updates!! I wish I could do that for another family (Hi Anna ) but it is too risky for me now!!
My best advise when you do become a donor is to make sure you ask QUESTIONS and stick to your ground!!! Ask about your levels (E2) and Follicle size/amount.
Become an active member on this board and ASK questions you might have.
I prefer agencies over clinics because many clinics make donors feel like a burden and that they are doing YOU a favor!!! Please know donors are special!!
If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask in the donor forum so OTHER donors can also help you as much as possible! There are many well educated donors on this board who show amazing support! Best of Luck