Egg Donation Treatment

In certain cases, the use of donor eggs offers the best, and in some circumstances the only, way ahead. For example, egg donation is needed for women who suffer a premature menopause. This condition affects:

  • 1 in 100 women by the age of 40
  • 1 in 1000 women who are still in their twenties

It is also an important option for women with a high-risk of passing on a serious genetic disease through their own eggs.

Using donor eggs may be the best option for:

  • Older women with pre-menopausal ovarian failure or insufficiency
  • Younger women with a low ovarian reserve
  • Women with poor quality egg
  • Women who have lost their ovaries following surgery or removal of cysts

Thanks to great advances in treating childhood cancer, we are now seeing a growing number of surviving women who are cured and healthy, but infertile. We offer egg donation treatment up to the age of 50.

Egg Donation treatment is combined with IVF or ICSI.

We recruit our egg donors and run an active egg donation programme.

What Types Of Egg Donors Are There?

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

Who Donates Eggs?

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 Treatment Process

Egg Donation Process Step 2: Medical History

Consultation and assessment

We will need to check your medical history, and any medical conditions. We will need to do blood tests and a transvaginal scan to assess your ability to carry a health pregnancy.

Egg Donation Process Step 3: Counselling

Counsellor Appointment

You will need to see or BICA accredited Fertility counsellor, to discuss the implications of having a donor conceived child. It’s also an excellent time for you to have any of your questions answered and what are the implications might be involved. One of these things could be a child you give birth to may wish to contact you their genetic mother when they are 18 years or older.

Egg Donation Process Step 5: Hormone Injection

Preparing to receive the embryos

It is now our normal practice to fertilise donated eggs with your partner’s or donor sperm following which the embryos will be frozen to be implanted in t your uterus at a later date. We will advise whether you need to take medication or can have the embryos implanted in your womb in a natural cycle with no medication

Egg Donation Process Step 6: Ultrasound Scan

Ultrasound Scan monitoring

We will need you to the clinic for ultrasound .monitoring scans and or blood test to determine the best time to place the embryo in your womb

Egg Donation Process Step 7: Hormone Injection

Embryo transfer

We will advise you to attend the clinic at the best time for the embryos to be implanted in your womb. The embryos will usually be thawed on the day of transfer and will usually be at the blastocyst stage to give you the best chances of success.

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.

Donation Form

If you are interested in becoming an egg or sperm donor, please complete the form below, and we will be in touch with you.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0117 414 6888