Donating eggs

There are all sorts of reasons why some women rely on donor eggs to stand a chance of becoming a mother. They may have suffered early menopause, undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy, simply have poor egg quality, and some women are simply born without ovaries.

Egg donation is a life-changing gift for would-be parents facing a future without children. Some of our egg donors are making an utterly selfless decision to help those less fortunate than themselves to become parents. There’s no payment for donating eggs, but the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows any altruistic egg donor to receive expenses of £750.

Other women, who may be in need of fertility treatment themselves and understand the heartbreak of failing to conceive, can choose to donate half of their collected eggs to another woman. This is known as egg sharing. An eligible egg share donor benefits from funded IVF. You can call us on 01992 78 50 65 to discuss becoming an egg sharing donor.

What happens when I donate my eggs?

All egg donors must be under 36 years of age and produce good quality eggs. You would initially be asked to have a comprehensive fertility assessment to confirm your suitability to donate. We would also need confirmation via your family doctor that you are fit and healthy with no history, for you or your immediate family, of any inheritable diseases.

If you decide to go ahead, you would be giving another woman a life-changing gift. However, it is important that you are aware that the process takes approximately a month to complete. During this time you would be required to take hormone injections and then have your eggs collected by a minor operating procedure, which is done here at the clinic.

Who will have information about my donation?

The only people who will be informed are the HFEA and the staff here at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre. You will be recorded as an egg donor on the HFEA’s register and any patient using your eggs will have their treatment and any resulting outcome recorded as well. As of 2005, any child or children born from your donated eggs are legally entitled to approach the HFEA to trace their biological parent(s) once they turn 18. Your information will only be passed to them at their request.

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If you’re interested in donating your eggs to help another woman, we want to hear from you! We are always happy to have an informal chat and explain in more detail what is involved. Please call Caroline Cayley on 01992 78 50 64 or Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 65 to find out more or you can email