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Most of our egg donors come to us on some form of birth control. This is normal and expected and most times has no impact on your donation journey. However, certain methods of birth control can cause your donation journey to slow down. Here’s a look at what those birth control methods include and why they’ll cause us to hit “pause” on your journey.


More commonly referred to as “the shot”, Depo-Provera delays the egg donation process for a period of six months. If you are on the shot, we will ask you to discontinue use and contact us again in six months. The first six months following discontinuation have been shown to lead to a lower fertility return. We want to make sure there is ample time for all of the medication to exit your system before attempting to stimulate your body to produce a large number of eggs. You will need to have regular and normal menstrual cycles before we’re able to move forward.


Commonly called implants. Some clinics may require the implant to be removed prior to starting the donation process.


There are two types of intrauterine device used to prevent pregnancy. The first, Paraguard or other copper based products, may be left in place during the entire donation process. The second option is a hormone based IUD, commonly the Mirena. Some clinics may require the hormonal IUD to be removed prior to starting the donation process. If you have additional concerns about your method of birth control and how it will impact your donation you should speak with your admissions specialist.

If you are interested in becoming an egg donor with Growing Generations apply here.

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