I couldn't imagine the thought of not being able to have a child, so when I saw the advert to be an egg donor on Facebook, I signed up immediately. I want to share my egg donation story so that anyone else wishing to donate can find out what the programme was like from a donors point of view.
A few days after responding to the Facebook advert, I got a call from the clinic inviting me to come in and talk through why I wanted to be an egg donor. My family tree was mapped to make sure there wasn't anything hereditary in my family to prevent me from completing the process. The entire program was explained to me, and I signed a lot of paperwork. I was then given a week or so to think it through and make sure I was making the right decision for myself.
After a couple of weeks I went back to the clinic and had a session with the counsellor, and we talked through any issues or questions I had regarding the emotional side of the procedure, and also my legal rights if a child was born from my eggs. This helped me make sense of it all.
I then had several blood and urine tests and an internal scan to make sure I was healthy, and there wasn't anything wrong with my reproductive organs.
Once the results of the tests came back, I was contacted by the clinic and told that I was suitable to join the programme. The ball then started rolling very quickly, and a recipient was found. I went back to the clinic to have a scan, and a nurse talked me through the hormonal stimulation phase of the programme, which involves me taking medication using an injection over a period of 14 days. They are small injections that you self-administer every evening to make your follicles in your ovaries grow. The injections were easy to use and to administer, the first couple of times it took me a while to psych myself up to do it, but you get used to it, and it becomes straightforward.
While taking the medication, you're monitored very closely and are needed to come to the clinic every couple of days for scans to make sure things are progressing as they should. You're also advised to drink a lot of water to prevent yourself from dehydrating.
After taking the medication for 14 days, I was ready for egg collection. By this time I was feeling a little bloated because of the medication.
On the day of the collection, I had to be at the clinic at 8.30am. I was given a briefing by the nurse of what was going to happen, I was given painkillers (which you, unfortunately, had to self-administer by putting them up your back passage) and then I was taken through to theatre, I was also sedated to ensure that I wouldn’t be in any discomfort or pain during the procedure. The egg collection took 20 minutes or so, and I was then taken into the recovery room to wait for the sedation to wear off. The nurse then gave me some tea, something to eat and painkillers. I was then free to go, and a friend came to collect me. I was there for a total of 2.5 hours from start to finish.
I spent the rest of the day in bed sleeping as I was feeling a little tired. The next day was much better, but by the third day, I was completely back to normal and not tired at all.
All though the process can be a little arduous, I would do it all again. I love the thought that I've helped two people start a family after years, and sometimes decades, of trying. It's an amazing feeling."
Blog post was written by a London Egg Bank donor, who donated in early 2015.