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    What Happens During Egg Retrieval for IVF, Why More Women Are Donating Their Eggs: Part 3 of 3

    What Happens During Egg Retrieval

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    In the days leading up to her first egg retrieval, Smith was a little anxious. “I had never had surgery before,” she says. “And I was nervous about how I would feel when all was said and done and the eggs were gone.” To keep calm, she reminded herself why she was donating and tried to put herself in the recipient’s shoes. “Once I was done with surgery and out of the loopy anesthetic state, I felt immediately really good,” she says. “I knew I had made the right decision.”

    But when it comes to long-term implications, there are a few questions left unanswered. “As far as we know, it doesn’t affect long-term fertility and doesn’t have any implications in terms of long-term health,” says Kawwass, though she explains that studies are still being conducted. Another consideration is whether or not a donor’s anonymous status will stay that way. While you can donate eggs to someone you know or even meet the donors you’re matched with, most women (like Smith and Jon