Everything you need to know about the medications

Medication Information

The Greatest Gift You Could Ever Give

Wanting to be an egg donor is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone. This gift you are about to give is a miracle waiting to happen. It is kindness beyond expression. Creative Love works with families that have infertility issues that have lead them to egg donation, same sex couples or individuals who cannot create their families without the assistance of an egg donor. The decision to become an egg donor is an important one, and not one to be made solely for financial gain. To become an egg donor you do not have to have children. Your Body Mass Index "must" be in line for your height and weight. Having undergone a tubal ligation or an abortion in the past does not interfere with you becoming an egg donor. What's important is that you must be committed to the entire egg donation process and be able to demonstrate integrity and dependability throughout your egg donation cycle.

fertility drugs

There are two categories of fertility drugs available:

You will be instructed by the IVF nurse at the clinic that you are cycling at on how to administer the medications correctly. You are required to self inject the prescribed medications until the time of the egg retrieval. Lupron or Ganirelix Acetate to quiet your hormones causing suppression to avoid premature ovulation. Follistim, Menopur, Bravelle or Gonal-F to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. HCG 10,000 units, Ovidrel 250 mcg or Lupron trigger dose for the final maturation process of the eggs before retrieval.

 

Birth Control

Birth control pills are the first medication used in an egg donation cycle. The egg donor is  first started on birth control pills once she is approved to become an egg donor and when we’re getting ready for her donation.  The birth control pills suppress the ovaries to keep them quiet.  This stops ovulation from taking place.

If a donor is already on birth control, usually the IVF clinic will try and keep the donor on the same pill unless it is not an approved birth control for this procedure.

Possible Side Effects of Birth Control Pills: Side effects are typically mild and subside once the egg donor stops taking the pill.

  • Moodiness
  •  Nausea
  • Breast soreness
  • Acne
  • Oily Skin
  • Increased appetite
Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH or Gonadotropins)

The most commonly used FSH is Bravelle, Follistim, Gonal-F.

Other commonly prescribed Human Menopausal Gonadotropins or hMG are Menopur and Repronex

This medication is given by self  injection to increase the development of ovarian follicles. FSH is what helps the follicles to grow.

Possible Side Effects (no long-term side effects have been reported)
  • Headache
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome is rather rare. Severe OHSS is reported in 1-3% of IVF cases. When this happens, the body has over-responded to the FSH and the ovaries become excessively enlarged. This can be uncomfortable so donors are closely monitored to try and avoid this. Treatment for this condition may include hospitalization and a minor procedure.

GnRH Antagonists

The most commonly used Gonadotropin-releasing hormones antagonist are Cetrotide and Ganirelex Acetate. This medication is a self-administered injection.

This medication is used in egg donation cycles by egg donors to prevent an early release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and a premature ovulation when egg donors are taking follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH).

Possible Side Effects: (No long- term side effects have been reported)

  • Headache
  • Injection site reaction (rash)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain (gastrointestinal)
  • Nausea
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG or “Trigger shot”)

Most common hCG Trigger shots are  Ovidrel, Lupron hCG

hCG is produced by the human placenta. This shot is given to the donor 36 hours prior to the egg donation retrieval. The “trigger shot” helps the maturation of the follicles. It is critical that the egg donor takes this shot at the exact time prescribed to her by the doctor.

Possible Side Effects (no long-term side effects have been reported)
  • Headache
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • breast sensitivity
  • increased clear vaginal discharge from the cervix
  • you might feel more emotional than usual
  • Mild weight gain from fluid. This is only temporary so don’t worry!