There are all sorts of reasons why some women rely on donated eggs to stand a chance of realising their dream of becoming a mother. They may have suffered early menopause, undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy, have poor egg quality, and some women are born without ovaries.
Altruistic egg donation
Egg donation really 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 within the UK for donating eggs, but the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows an altruistic egg donor to receive expenses of £750.
Egg share donation
Many other women may be in need of fertility treatment themselves and understand all too well the heartbreak of failing to conceive. So, as a part of their own IVF treatment, women may choose to donate half of their collected eggs to help another woman. This is known as egg sharing. An egg share donor is able to receive free IVF in doing so.
You can call us in confidence on 01992 78 50 65 to discuss the criteria and implications of becoming an egg share 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 of you or your immediate family of any inheritable diseases.
Egg donors must also understand the implications of becoming a donor. Mandatory fertility counselling is held with an independent counsellor and is available to all our egg donors. As many sessions as you feel you need are provided free of charge, and these may be taken before, during or after the treatment cycle.
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.
For more information on the legal implications of donating eggs, please visit www.hfea.gov.uk.
Find out more
If you’re interested in becoming an egg donor, we want to hear from you! We are always happy to have an informal chat in complete confidence and can explain in more detail what is involved.
Please call our egg donation coordinators, Caroline or Sarah on 01992 78 50 65, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.