There are various reasons why some women need treatment with donor eggs. It may be a result of age seriously affecting their egg quality, an early menopause, treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy permanently damaging their ovaries, or simply that some women are born without ovaries.
You may have already considered the despair of women who cannot produce their own eggs, so cannot start their own family.
Perhaps you would like the chance to help a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs and in return be compensated with funded IVF treatment.
If you have answered yes to either of these questions, then you may be interested to know that we run an egg share programme that rewards an egg sharer with funded IVF.
What is egg share for funded IVF?
Egg sharing anonymously brings together women who need IVF treatment for different reasons. One woman will potentially have the ability to make plenty of eggs during her own IVF treatment while the other is waiting for the precious gift of donated eggs to fulfil her dream of a baby.
It gives women, who generously wish to donate eggs, the opportunity to help another woman and in return helps towards funding her much-needed IVF treatment.
With our egg share programme, the donors’ funded standard IVF treatment includes saline infusion sonogram (SIS), endometrial scratch, male and female screening tests, and fertility drugs.
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.
Egg sharing is a big decision; egg donors and any partner must understand the implications, both short and long-term, of becoming a donor, therefore mandatory fertility counselling must be undertaken before you can become an egg donor. Counselling sessions are held with an independent counsellor and are available to all of our patients. Sessions are provided free of charge and can be taken before, during or after any treatment.
Your first step towards egg sharing?
If you have read this information and still 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 Robinson on 01992 78 50 65 or Caroline Cayley on 01992 78 50 64 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .