Egg sharing

There are various reasons why some women require treatment with donor eggs. It may be a result of their age seriously affecting egg quality, an early menopause, chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment permanently damaging the ovaries, unexplained infertility or that some women are born without ovaries.

Have you ever thought about the despair of women who cannot produce their own eggs to be able to start a family and wished you could help?

Would you like the opportunity to have free IVF treatment for yourself whilst doing something amazing for a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs?

If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you may want to consider joining our egg share donor programme.

What is egg sharing?

Egg sharing anonymously brings together women needing IVF treatment but for very different reasons. Many women will produce plenty of eggs during their IVF treatment but may be struggling to afford the costs, and the other woman cannot have treatment at all without the precious gift of donor eggs. It provides the opportunity for an egg donor to help themselves with a free cycle of IVF and at the same time to experience the joy of helping another woman desperate to start her own family. Our egg sharing scheme is available to heterosexual and lesbian women, whether you are in a relationship or single.

Our egg share donors receive free IVF treatment when she chooses to donate half of the eggs collected from her own IVF cycle to an anonymous recipient.

Can anyone become an egg share donor?

In the UK strict criteria have been established that you will need to meet in order to become an egg share donor.

We will need to assess both your potential to produce enough eggs for two people’s treatments, and your health and genetic makeup, so you will need to undertake all of the required screening tests. 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 when we look at likely egg quality is your age. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) stipulate that an egg donor must be under 36 years of age. We will also ask you to complete our donor questionnaires by answering questions about both your fertility and your health before we would 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, and 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 undertake blood tests and the screening investigations to confirm your suitability.

Counselling

We also have to be very sure that all of our egg donors fully understand the short and long-term implications of the decision to donate eggs to another woman. Therefore, we will ask that you undertake mandatory counselling with an independent counsellor, who will allow you to freely and honestly discuss every aspect of your treatment.

Would you like to find out more?

If you feel that you would like to find our more about becoming an egg share donor and would like to talk to one of our egg donation nurse coordinators, call Sarah Robinson or Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 65/78 50 67.

Or you can complete our online Egg and Sperm Sharing Donor Health Questionnaire to allow us to assess your suitability to become an egg share donor. This can be returned by email to sarah.robinson@hertsandessexfertility.com

More information about your decision to become an egg share donor is also available on the HFEA website.