The Herts & Essex Fertility centre is running an advertising campaign at the moment to raise awareness of the need for black and Asian women to donate their eggs in order to help another woman have a child. We call it Donate the gift of life, and it has had a great impact – we are now able to match donors to recipients almost immediately … as long as they are Caucasian.
We are located in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire and so have significant black and Asian populations in our practice area. We also have black and Asian patients waiting far longer for donated eggs than Caucasian patients. This is as frustrating for us as it is upsetting for our patients so our next challenge is to recruit more ethnic egg donors to the clinic.
Well, our donors often say that donating their eggs is the most rewarding experience of their life. But as well as the feel good factor for the donor is the realisation that you can help a woman unable to conceive naturally. This may be due to an early menopause, age, fertility problems or to avoid passing on a serious genetic condition. Or it may be to help a same-sex couple or a single person have a child.
Our egg donors can receive £750 financial compensation for every cycle of donation or they may prefer to share their eggs to receive free IVF for themselves. This egg sharing scheme is very popular at Herts & Essex and rewards two would-be parents at the same time. If you are having difficulty conceiving but are otherwise fit and healthy you can choose to share some of your eggs with another woman and in exchange we will offer you free IVF.
What we need from you
Either way there are some requirements for becoming an egg donor: firstly you have to be under the age of 36; be healthy and undergo certain screening tests. There is a legal requirement for you to give your written consent. But you never need feel alone – our donation team is available throughout to offer you full support and advice.
What you need to know
You will not be legally or financially responsible for a child born from your donation, nor will you be named on the birth certificate. The child will, however, have the right to know your name when he or she reaches the age of 18. It is interesting that 69% of donors who donated before this loss of anonymity would donate again according to an HFEA consultation that surveyed past egg donors.
And you will know that you have helped someone from your cultural background have their own longed for child.
If you are thinking about donating your eggs please get in touch with us by calling 01992 78 50 60. We look forward to hearing from you.