There are various reasons why some women need treatment with donor eggs. It may be a result of age seriously affecting egg quality, early menopause, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy permanently damaging the ovaries, or simply that some women are born without ovaries.
But have you ever thought about the despair of these women who cannot produce their own eggs?
Would you like the chance to have IVF treatment for yourself whilst wishing to help a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs?
If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you may be interested to know that we run an egg share programme that provides the donor with free standard IVF.
What is egg share for free IVF?
Egg sharing anonymously brings together women needing IVF treatment for different reasons. One woman will make plenty of eggs but is struggling to afford her treatment, and the other woman cannot fulfil her dream of a family without the precious gift of donor eggs. It gives women the opportunity to help themselves and at the same time assist another in desperate need of donated eggs.
With our egg share programme, the donor receives completely free standard IVF treatment, including saline infusion sonogram (SIS), endometrial scratch, male and female screening tests and your fertility drugs, when she donates half of the eggs collected from her own IVF cycle to an anonymous recipient.
Can anyone become an egg share donor?
Unfortunately not. There are strict criteria 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, and your 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 we look at 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 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.
Egg donors must also understand the implications, both short and long-term, of becoming a donor. Mandatory fertility counselling is held with an independent counsellor and is available to all of our patients. Sessions are provided free of charge, and these may be taken before, during or after any treatment.
Would you like to find out more?
If you feel that you would like to help another woman by sharing your eggs, and you are interested in finding out more, please contact our egg donation nurse coordinators, Sarah Templeman or Sarah Robinson on 01992 78 50 65 or 01992 78 50 67 or you can complete and return the online form to allow us to assess your suitability to become an egg share donor. Email your form to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.