As an Egg Donor taking medication is an important part of the journey to a successful egg retrieval!
The goal of the Egg Donation process is to retrieve healthy mature eggs. In preparation of the retrieval process you will be prescribed a variety of medication both oral and injectable. The medication will make for the perfect window to perform an egg retrieval.
Remember! To take medication as directed by your IVF Physician as it is key in having a successful egg retrieval.
Here are the 4 Medications you will most likely take during your Egg Donation journey:
1. Birth Control Pills
How it is used: Birth control pills suppress the ovaries and keep the egg follicles inactive.
Administration: Oral tablet typically taken at the beginning of the process.
Potential Side Effects: Breast soreness, nausea, moodiness, fatigue and headaches
How it is used: Lupron will act similar to birth control as it suppresses the ovaries and allows your physician to have a good baseline to begin other medication.
Administration: Lupron is a self-administered injection. Typically one injection for 12 days.
Potential Side Effects: Lupron may include headache, fatigue and hot flashes.
3. Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH)
How it is used: Stimulates the ovaries. Developing the follicles (eggs) and causing the level of estrogen to rise.
Administration: FSH is a self-administered injection. Typically one injection for 10 days.
Potential Side Effects: Side effects may vary as you may experience headache, tiredness and nausea.
4. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG or “trigger shot”)
How it is used: Prepare the ovaries for egg retrieval.
Administration: One injection, typically completed 36 hours before egg retrieval
Potential Side Effects: Side effects of hCG may include headache, moodiness, fatigue and bloating.