Can I Donate Eggs After a Hysterectomy?
According to the National Women’s Health Network, a hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the United States. Each year in the United States, nearly 500,000 women get hysterectomies.
What is a hysterectomy?
According to Women’s Health, a hysterectomy is a surgery to remove a woman’s uterus (also known as the womb). The uterus is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. In most cases, the entire uterus is typically removed. Your doctor may also remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Types of Hysterectomies
There are three kinds of hysterectomies:
- A supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy, where only the upper part of the uterus is removed, and the cervix stays in place
- A total hysterectomy, where the entire uterus and cervix are removed
- A radical hysterectomy, where the entire uterus, tissue on the sides of the uterus, the cervix, and the top part of the vagina are removed
Can I Still Donate Eggs After Hysterectomy?
While it would naturally seem as though a woman cannot donate eggs after a hysterectomy, women may still be able to donate their eggs. If it is decided that your ovaries need to be removed during the hysterectomy, women can explore the option of cryopreserving eggs first.
Donating your eggs will be based on age – as you are not able to donate eggs at 40 years of age or later. If you pass egg donor requirements set by the donor agency and the eggs are healthy, they can either be donated, frozen for a later attempt at fertilization, or they can be fertilized right away with your partner or a donor’s sperm.
Fertility tests will check your ovarian reserve to determine if a successful retrieval can be completed. An ovarian ultrasound will evaluate the condition and location of your ovaries. Hormone levels will also be tested to decide where you are in your cycle so that the egg stimulation and retrieval can be scheduled.