The Doctors: Woman Loses Fertility After Donating Eggs
A 30-year-old woman named Leah told her heartbreaking and touching story on The Doctors. When Leah was a freshman in college, she saw a flyer that said she could make money to pay off her student loans if she donated her eggs. She decided to do it because she wanted the money and to help a family to have what she knew she wanted to have someday. She went through the checkups and learned she was the perfect donor. She was on hormones for three weeks and then donated 14 eggs. By the next day, she was $5,500 richer.
Later, the same agency called her and asked her if she wanted to do it again. They offered her more money because she was a proven donor. The second donation went differently, so she had to be on the hormones for about six weeks. Six months after her second donation, her period stopped. The first thing she did was take a pregnancy test, but it came back negative.
The Doctors: From Egg Donation To Infertility
A week after that, her period arrived and it was excruciating. Leah said that it caused her to throw up and she had a fever. The doctor did a transvaginal ultrasound and told her there was no way she was healthy enough to donate her eggs. There were cysts all over her ovaries. She went to emergency for surgery. Ultimately, it turned out she had Endometriosis.
Three months later, she had pain again and the doctor discovered all the cysts were back. The doctor said that she had never seen something so aggressive. That was when she told Leah she was going to lose her fertility.
Leah decided to pursue fertility treatments on her own because she knew she wanted kids someday. Ten eggs were extracted and they were all poor quality.
“Everyone around me was getting married and having children. I’m looking at the pregnant bellies and I’m thinking: I’m never going to have that,” she said.
The Doctors: What Is Endometriosis?
Leah said that every doctor who has seen her records from before and after has come to the conclusion that she probably already had an underlying case of Endometriosis, but it was mild. It wasn’t something anyone could have predicted. But the hormones for the egg donations fed the disease and caused it to become extremely aggressive. In her case, it was so aggressive they had to remove cysts from behind her lungs and spleen, which was information that shocked both Dr. Rachael and Dr. Travis, who had never heard of such an aggressive case.
Endometriosis is basically where the lining of the uterus isn’t where it’s supposed to be. Instead, it’s actually displaced. It can be anywhere from on top of the uterus, on top of the ovaries, or even scattered throughout the pelvis. As the menstrual cycle approaches, the bleeding starts to occur where it’s not supposed to. The hormones that Leah was on were intended to increase the quality of her eggs and the amount of her eggs. Because she had the underlying case of Endometriosis, these hormones merely fed the disease.
Luckily for Leah, she was able to adopt a healthy baby from an acquaintance she randomly met and has been raising her new child for a year. It’s nice that there was a happy ending to this story after all that pain!