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Treatment using donor eggs

There are many reasons why women use donor eggs to have a baby. It may be the best option for women with premature menopause or pre-menopausal ovarian failure, poor egg quality, where there is a high risk of passing on a serious genetic disease or fertility that has been affected by surgery or medical treatment. If you need donor eggs for your fertility treatment we can help you.

About the donors we have

At BCRM we recruit our own egg donors. We only use altruistic donors who are healthy, aged between 18-33 and have undergone full screening, testing and counselling. All of our egg donors are UK based and are HFEA registered.

We also fully match our donors to your characteristics and requirements, through full consultation with you. You tell us what you would like and we will do our best to find this for you.

We currently have a very short waiting list of 2-3 months for our egg donors but we are working hard to recruit donors during this current situation and have many donors who are in the process of being approved ready to donate.

Egg Donation Treatment: The Six Steps

Egg Donation treatment is a six steps programme, which starts with a consultation with our dedicated team. Below is a detailed breakdown of what’s involved.

Egg Donation Process Step 3: Counselling

Meet the team

The first step is to talk to our dedicated egg donation team who are there to support you every step of the way.

Egg Donation Process Step 2: Medical History


We will talk to you about your medical history, do some blood tests and perform a scan. We will also discuss with you the treatment you will have so that you understand the next steps.

Egg Donation Process Step 4: Screening Test


Our dedicated counsellors will discuss with you the implications of using a donor egg, so you can be confident in your decision. This is an excellent time for you to ask all the questions you may have.

Egg Fertilisation

Eggs fertilised

The donor eggs will be collected and then fertilised with your partner’s or donor sperm. These will then be cultured in our laboratory and the embryologist will monitor the development of the embryos and the best will then be frozen.

Ultrasound Scan


We will monitor you by using ultrasound scans to find the best time to place the embryo in your womb.

Egg Transfer

Embryo Transfer

The embryo will be thawed on the day of your transfer and will be at the blastocyst stage to give you the best chance of success.

During the procedure, a doctor or nurse will insert a speculum into your vagina (similar to a cervical smear) and the embryo will be passed down a fine tube into the womb. This is normally a pain-free procedure.

Frequently asked questions

There are three types of egg donors:

  • Known donors: Donate their eggs to women they know such as family members or friends
  • Altruistic donors: Donate their eggs to women they don’t know and may never meet
  • Egg sharers: Donate their eggs as part of their IVF treatment to help with costs

To donate eggs, donors need to meet the following conditions

  • Age 18 to 35 years
  • To be in good shape (non-smoker / your ideal weight)
  • No serious family hereditary diseases
  • Undergo thorough screening and counselling

Egg Donation And The Law

Under UK legislation, egg donors have no legal rights or duties regarding a child who has been conceived because of their donation.

Women who wish to use the eggs have been in counselling about why they might want to inform their child. However, there is no lawful commitment to do. Children who are conceived from your donation will have the capacity to get in touch with you when they achieve 18 years old if they have been informed. This is a choice for you their parents, and not of the medical specialists involved.

State of the art facilities


Operating from Southmead Hospital, our clinic is home to some of the most modern, cutting edge technology and lab facilities in the UK. We have an experienced and dedicated team of embryologists committed to ensuring the best success rates and highest quality of care. Our purpose-built IVF facility has helped thousands of couples to conceive and create families.

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    Our team of friendly, highly-skilled specialists are dedicated to providing the highest standard of patient care. We understand the emotional stress that reproductive issues can cause and we are committed to making your journey to fertility as smooth as possible.