My Tubes are Tied. Can I Donate?

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Occasionally a woman will come to our egg donation program with the desire to donate her eggs after completing her family. If the potential donor has had her “tubes tied,” she might feel that she is unable to donate as a result. But this is a myth.

Following a tubal ligation, women are still able to donate eggs because the process of egg retrieval removes the eggs directly from follicles, before they are released into the body. Cut fallopian tubes do not have an impact on the body’s ability to produce mature, fertile eggs.

In fact, the egg donor process will be no different for a donor that has undergone a tubal ligation than it will be for any other donor. You will still be required to take injectable medications and attend several monitoring appointments leading up to the retrieval. The medical process for retrieval will be completed the same way it would if your tubes remained intact. Recovery will also be similar and side effects will still consist of mild cramping and bloating.

Interestingly enough, a woman who has had a tubal ligation is also able to be a surrogate. With the help of science, it is entirely possible for a child to be born without the use of fallopian tubes.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.