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KashaUK2000
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I didn't know where else to ask this sort of question, so I came to Scarleteen...

When I was on the birth control pill I experienced various side-effects, including multiple minor strokes - thus hormonal birth control is not safe for me to use at all.

I've been thinking about the possibility of freezing or donating my eggs, it's just an idea right now so I'm WAY off actually doing it. But my understanding is that you are injected with hormones to encourage your body to produce extra eggs. They are different hormones used in different ways, but if hormonal birth control isn't safe for me could the hormones they inject to harvest eggs be unsafe for me too?

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Patricia H
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Hi Kasha,

Great question! I understand that you are interested in finding out more about freezing/donating your own eggs, and frankly, the best place to do so is at the fertility clinic. Do you have any around where you live? A quick search on the Internet will usually do the trick if the answer is no.

As someone who worked briefly in a fertility clinic, having young women come in to donate/freeze their own eggs is actually a pretty common occurrence, regardless of their motives for doing so. You are correct in that the procedure, if you do decide to go through with it, does involve hormone injections and close monitoring not unlike a woman coming in for fertility treatment/assisted reproductive technology.

But even if you are not sure, and just want to learn more so you can make an informed decision in the end, many clinics will gladly welcome you making an appointment with them so you can just sit down with a physician to discuss the options and possible payment plans if need be. There's no better time than the present to try it out; and even if you don't end up going through with it, you will still leave having been more educated on one facet of what a fertility clinic does and the services it offers to the community. [Smile]

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