Donating eggs

Can you help by donating eggs? 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.

The egg share donors who participate in our egg sharing scheme are being rewarded with a fully-funded* cycle of 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.

Can anyone become an egg share donor?

Unfortunately not. Egg sharers are donating eggs to another woman and there are strict criteria in place in order to become an egg donor. We will need to assess your potential to produce enough eggs for two women’s treatment, and your overall health and genetic makeup. This is so that we are not knowingly passing any inheritable illness on to any child born as a result of the donation.

The most important factor to consider when looking at egg quality is your age. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) stipulate that an egg donor:

  • need to be between the ages of 18 and 35 to donate their eggs to someone’s treatment
  • is fit and healthy within normal limits of weight and height, with a BMI of under 30
  • hasn’t got a family history of inherited diseases, genetic disorders or any serious mental health issues

At Herts & Essex Fertility Centre we accept egg donors that satisfy all of the above criteria and have a BMI between 19 and 32.

We will ask you to complete questionnaires answering questions about your fertility and your health before we can consider you suitable to become an egg share donor. It is important that your family doctor has also signed the health questionnaire as verification. Once we have these questionnaires, if you are suitable, we will book for you to come for an appointment with one of our fertility consultants. Before you are finally accepted as an egg share donor you will have blood tests and investigations to confirm your suitability.

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.

Counselling

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 about becoming an egg donor

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 enquiries@hertsandessexfertility.com to find out more.

 

*The fully-funded IVF cycle doesn’t include any male factor infertility costs (if needed) and the HFEA fee.