Egg Donor Medication

Medication Used

It’s important to know what medication and possible side effects are used during this process.  Below is an outline of what will be used in the procedure. Remember, it’s always best to discuss the medication with your doctor, and to talk about any possible side effects so that you are properly informed and prepared should you experience anything untoward.

When instructed to self inject medication, our team of medical staff will give you full instructions on how to do this. They will also  advise you on the methods most comfortable for you. We are also available 24/7 should you have any questions regarding your medication.

As an egg donor, you will be prescribed the following medications:

Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH or Gonadotropins)

Some common drugs include Gonal F or Menopur. Your doctor will typically recommend one injection daily for approximately ten days. FSH is a natural hormone that a woman’s body produces. This hormone matures the eggs within the ovaries when she is on her reproductive cycle. The eggs in the ovary sit in a sac that is called a follicle. During egg donation treatment, FSH medication is given so that many sacs develop, and as a result, more eggs. The more follicles in the ovaries, the greater the chance of a successful outcome.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG or “Trigger shot”)

Some common drug names include Ovittrel or Lucrin. One injection will be administered approximately 34 hours prior to the retrieval of eggs. hCG is a pregnancy hormone that the human placenta naturally produces.  The reason hCG is given prior to egg retrieval is to mature the eggs. Once the follicles are the correct size, the the egg inside needs to mature or ripen. Administering hCG medication will make this happen. It is important that this medication is administered because the eggs will not be usable without it.

Once the injection period is completed, the follicle stimulating hormones (FSH)will be given to stimulate the egg production. This should increase the number of eggs that are mature in the ovaries. As the donor, you will be monitored by your doctor through this whole cycle. You will undergo blood tests and ultrasound examination, as this will indicate the progress of the follicle growth. Your doctor will decide when the follicles are mature enough, and will then book a date and time for the egg retrieval procedure.