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Can I Donate Eggs if I Am a Smoker

Egg donation is a great way to help a couple achieve their dream of becoming parents.  To ensure we only provide the healthiest eggs to egg donation recipients, we have a thorough qualification process.  Donating eggs and smoking is not allowed as it results in health issues for both the donor and the egg.


2015-32How does smoking affect egg quality?

When you smoke, even just for recreational use, your body's natural fertility is decreased.  The decrease in fertility can be seen in the following:

  • It takes longer for women who smoke to conceive.  In fact, when your partner smokes, this can delay pregnancy as well.
  • Women who smoke enter menopause sooner, on average, than women who are non-smokers.
  • Smoking has a negative effect on your ovarian reserve as observed by monitoring Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) levels.
  • Women who smoke require higher levels of fertility medication to achieve desired results than their non-smoking counterparts. 
  • Smoking can damage your egg’s DNA and chromosomes making eggs less suitable for fertilization and healthy pregnancy.
  • Women who smoke are more likely to experience complications while pregnant and to experience early labor.

What if I’m interested in donating eggs and smoking is something I did in the past?

You must be smoke free for at least six months before you are eligible to become an egg donor.  To start the egg donation cycle, you will be required to take birth control pills.  During the cycle, you’ll be injecting fertility medication to stimulate egg production.  Smoking while taking birth control or fertility medication can cause serious complications.  Therefore, we require time to allow your system to clear before we can begin the process.

For more information on how donating eggs and smoking can delay the process, contact us today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.


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