In recent years, an increasing number of young women have chosen to give the greatest and most beautiful gift to infertile couples and single women. Women who, for example, due to early menopause, past illnesses, hereditary diseases or other biological conditions, are unable to conceive with their own eggs. By becoming an egg donor, you will be able to help other women achieve their dream of having a child. You will be compensated DKK 7,000 per donation.
An egg donor in Denmark must:
Be between 18 and 35 years old
Be physically and mentally healthy
Not have or carry known hereditary diseases
Not have known infectious diseases such as hepatitis, HIV and syphilis
As an egg donor, you may donate a total of 6 times
You may have an IUD (both copper and hormonal) during donation; You may use the contraceptive pill or mini-pill - this will give you a break during the weeks you are undergoing stimulation and egg retrieval; If you have a contraceptive implant, it is not possible to donate until it is removed.
A donor can choose to be ID-released (open), no ID-released (anonymous or anonymous plus) or 'known'.
ID-release means that at a later stage (typically when the child is 18 years old), identifiable information about the donor can be provided to the child via the clinic. In addition, it is possible to obtain the same information about the donor in the form of the basic profile (eye colour, hair colour, height, weight, blood type, age).
Non ID-release means that contact can never be established with the donor. Basic information can be provided in the form of the donor's skin, hair and eye colour, height and weight. At no time is it possible to obtain the donor's identity. For some donors, called "plus", there is a range of additional information about the donor. The donor decides what she wants to disclose (e.g. education and hobbies). At no time is it possible to obtain the identity of the donor.
In the case of 'known donation', the recipient couple/woman has herself established contact with a woman who wishes to donate her eggs to the couple/woman. This egg donor is not compensated by the clinic, so you must agree with the donor how or if she will be compensated by you. The known egg donor must not be closely related to the man, which means, for example, that she must not be a sister or cousin of the man, or a daughter of the man's cousin.
The process starts with a no-obligation telephone conversation with our egg donation team. Here you will be thoroughly informed about the process, and you will be asked about you and your family members for 3 generations. Here you can choose whether you want to be an anonymous or open egg donor.
If, after the first consultation, you still want to donate eggs, you will be asked to fill in a medical history about your health, hereditary diseases in the family, etc. The doctor will perform an ultrasound scan of your ovaries and uterus, take a blood test for infectious diseases and measure your egg reserve. The doctor will also tell you about ethical and legal aspects of egg donation. If you and the doctor still agree on your suitability, you will then sign a declaration of donation.
When you are ready to start up, we will review your plan and train you on how to take the hormones. You will be given all medication at the clinic.
On the 2nd day of your cycle, the day after your period starts, you will start a medicine called FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). The hormones, which mature more eggs, are taken as an injection into the abdomen once a day. For the majority of women, this is easy and painless. Our skilled doctors and nurses will, of course, instruct you thoroughly. The injections should be taken at the same time each day (+/- one hour). On the 7th day of your cycle, you will need to take a different hormonal preparation to prevent you from ovulating prematurely, by arrangement with the clinic.
The next check-up will take place 8-10 days after the start of the cycle, when we will use the scan to check whether the stimulation has encouraged the ovaries to develop an adequate number of follicles. We will then make an appointment for another scan one of the following days. Most women need 10-12 days of stimulation before egg retrieval can be scheduled. In any case, you will know the date of the egg collection at least two days before it takes place.
Once the eggs are mature, the egg retrieval is planned. You will be told when to take the ovulating hormone injection. This injection should always be taken in the evening, usually 36 hours before the planned egg collection. It causes ovulation about 40 hours later, so that the eggs can be released. It is very important that the time of the ovulation hormone injection is observed exactly.
It is a good idea to eat a good breakfast before the egg collection.
You should expect to be at the clinic for approximately 1-2 hours.
We encourage you to bring a companion as you are not allowed to drive yourself due to the medication we will give you for the egg retrieval.
About 1 hour before you arrive at the clinic, you will need to take some tablets to prevent pain. These tablets will be given to you on the day of your planned egg collection.
Immediately before the egg retrieval, the nurse inserts a small plastic cannula into a vein (venflon). The nurse gives painkillers while the doctor washes and puts local anaesthetic in the vaginal wall. You will be awake but relaxed. Your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the procedure.
The egg retrieval itself is done by inserting a thin needle through the vaginal wall into the ovaries. The individual follicles are emptied of fluid and the egg is sucked out. We try to empty all the follicles and you will be informed immediately if we have found eggs. The bioanalyst uses a microscope to find the eggs in the fluid that is sucked out. You will be able to follow the egg retrieval on a TV screen. The egg collection itself usually takes 5-10 minutes. After the procedure, you will rest for about 1 hour in the clinic.
We recommend that you rest at home for the rest of the day. There may be some bleeding from the vagina over the next few days (like a small menstrual period). The blood will come from where the needles were inserted in the vagina - not from the uterus. There may also be pain, which should be relieved with Pinex. You will need someone to accompany you home, as you will not be allowed to drive yourself for the next 24 hours, and you should preferably not be alone for the rest of the day. There may be slight discomfort for up to a week after the procedure.
If, contrary to usual, you experience heavy bleeding, a lot of pain or a fever after the egg retrieval, call and ask to speak to a nurse or doctor.
We are super happy that it was possible. When it's difficult to have children, there are a lot of emotions at play and you're on a big rollercoaster ride along the way. But we've been really lucky twice and we're super grateful that there are people who donate so that those of us who can't have children by nature still can
Complications are rare, but of course the donor should always be thoroughly informed before agreeing to egg donation. However, your clinic will try to avoid complications by using as gentle stimulation protocols as possible.
Hormone stimulation can in rare cases have some side effects - for example the development of overstimulation syndrome. The woman may experience severe abdominal pain, nausea and shortness of breath. Hospitalisation may be necessary.
Bleeding, swelling, failure of wound healing, infections or post-operative bleeding may occur during egg retrieval. In extremely rare cases, damage to the surrounding organs may also occur during egg retrieval.
Perhaps you have questions you would like to ask someone who has donated eggs in the past?
Nadia Gullestrup Christensen has dreamed of donating eggs since she was 14, because her mother had difficulty having children.
For me, it's very much about the joy of helping other people. There is a big problem with fertility in Denmark, and especially for women it is a problem because there are relatively a lot of sperm donors and there are not so many egg donors''.