Effect of ovarian stimulation and oocyte retrieval on reproductive outcome in oocyte donors

A cross-sectional survey of 194 previous oocyte donors performed by a standardized telephone questionnaire shows that oocyte donation does not affect donors' short-term reproductive health.

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Dominic Stoop, M.D., Lynn Vercammen, M.D., Nikolaos P. Polyzos, M.D., Ph.D., Michel de Vos, M.D., Ph.D., Julie Nekkebroeck, Ph.D., Paul Devroey, M.D., Ph.D.

Vol 97, Issue 6 , Pages 1328-1330



To assess whether there is an increased risk of infertility in women that have previously undergone ovarian stimulation and oocyte retrieval for oocyte donation.


Cross-sectional survey.


Tertiary referral center.


A total of 194 past oocyte donors.


Telephone questionnaire.

Main Outcome Measure(s):

Incidence of infertility after oocyte donation.


Of the women who indicated having pursued conception after oocyte donation, 95% (57/60) became pregnant unassisted. Before oocyte donation, 41 women in this cohort had already been trying to conceive, of which 38 had delivered a child and 3 (7.3%) had needed infertility treatment.


The data suggest that oocyte donation does not affect short-term reproductive health.

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Fertility and Sterility

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