With egg donation, you help create parents and help form a family, which is nothing short of amazing. But egg donation is not for everyone. Your psychological, mental, emotional and physical health are all important. Your health is screened from the start of the application process and must be maintained until the very end of the egg retrieval process. We want to ensure your health and safety in addition to ensuring your stability for the intended parents.
Being selected and matched can be as quick as a few days or may take as long as a year. For new and experienced donors, getting a call for our team and being told you were chosen for a match can be surreal and is always super exciting. During this time, there is a waiting period. This is a good time to prepare for your crucial role and ensure you are organized and ready for the next steps. Remember to maintain a sound mind and a healthy body for the big day.
Here are a few self-care tips you can do while waiting:
- Take good care of your body as if these future embryos are yours to use.
- Keep your body fit. Eat healthily, exercise regularly, and keep away from stressful or life-threatening activities as much as you possibly can.
- Enjoy your routine but avoid excessive alcohol (and even soda) intake, smoking, and other drug use. If medication is needed, consult first with your agency and physician.
- Aim for a sound and peaceful mind. Breathing exercises can do just that, and yoga can be very helpful as well.
- Keep yourself productive. Find a hobby. Read a book. Learn something new. Take that hike. Or simply just complete everything on your “To-do list”.
- Lastly, stay positive and be happy. Happiness is everywhere, you just need to know where to look. Appreciate the moment.
After the retrieval:
Your body has been through a lot over the past few weeks. You’ve undergone a series of tests and early appointments. Your emotions have just been through a cycle of ups and downs. After retrieval day, your role as an egg donor is complete and you have nothing left to do but to go home, rest, and recover. When your doctor tells you to go home and recover, take this seriously.