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Will it be risky if I donate my eggs?

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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At December 19, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 32 years old and unmarried. I am a patient of PCOD. I also have a family history of breast cancer. My father's sister had breast cancer recently. I am in a very big financial crisis. So, one of my friends suggested me to donate eggs. Will it be risky if I donate my eggs only once? As I am a patient of PCOD, will I be able to conceive in the future? Will I be given some hormonal treatment to conceive later? Please advise me whether I should proceed with the idea of egg donation. Is there any chance of developing breast or ovarian cancer if I donate eggs? Please guide me. I just want to know about its long term consequences as I am afraid of breast and ovarian cancer.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

A single cycle of ovulation induction for egg donation and then, possibly in the future for yourself would not increase your chance of breast or ovarian cancer. The heredity for a woman is decided from her maternal background and not from the father's side. So, if your paternal aunt had it and your mother or maternal grandmother did not have it, then there are very minimal chances that you should get it in future. You can safely go ahead with an ova donation if you wish to without fear. PCOS - polycystic ovary syndrome is a disease, which can be controlled and many women had a natural conception without hormones. So, whenever you decide to get pregnant, conservative management of treatment can always be considered.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I asked my doctor to store my eggs so that I can use that for my future use. But, she said that eggs cannot be stored; only embryos and sperms can be stored. I have read testimonials of different people over the internet in which they have told very negative about this process. As there is a family history, how to make sure that I am not having breast cancer? I love my organs and I cannot take any risk for money for which I can suffer because money is short lived. I have no relation and take tuitions for my livelihood. Currently, my earning is quite less. I am worried because if by chance some things happen, then I am not in the condition to invest in myself as chemotherapy and radiotherapy costs are too high. This is my real problem for which I am so much tensed.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

One cannot be sure of anything about breast cancer unless BRCA 1 and 2 gene tests are being done to confirm the same. Considering your income, I would not recommend you to be a part of this process of ovum donation or oocyte harvesting; both shall cost you very much. So, please take an informed decision and work within your means.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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