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    Why More Women Are Donating Their Eggs: Part 2 of 3

    What a Donor Goes Through When Women Are Donating Their Eggs

    Women Are Donating Their EggsOf course, it’s not as simple as just handing over your eggs. The first step includes information sessions, paperwork, and an FDA-regulated screening—complete with DNA testing and a psychological evaluation. “It’s a big decision to pass on your genetic material,” says Kawwass. “This is about going through the implications and making sure you’re comfortable with that.”

    Once potential donors are cleared and chosen by a recipient, things get a little more intense. The donor is typically started on birth control to sync her cycle up with the recipient’s, and then comes the ovarian stimulation (or as Jones describes it, “You’re first suppressing your

    [fertility] and then jacking it up 1,000 times more than normal”). It’s during this time that donors start giving themselves daily hormone injections, which may be difficult for anyone who’s squeamish around needles. “You don’t even feel them going in, they’re so tiny,” says Smith. But that doesn’t mean the process was totally pain-free. “One medication in particular stings a lot when you inject it, but ice helps.”

    About Those Hormones

    Oh, and about those hormones—they’re the same ones you would get if you were actually undergoing IVF. “The first one suppresses the signal from your brain to your ovaries,” says Kawwass. “After that, you take the medication to stimulate your ovaries to make multiple follicles—each of which may contain an egg.” The most common side effects from the hormones ar