There are various reasons why some women need 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 help a woman who is unable to produce her own eggs, whilst helping to fund your own IVF treatment?
If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you may wish to consider becoming an egg share donor.
What is egg sharing?
Our egg sharing programme anonymously brings together women needing IVF treatment for different reasons. One woman will make plenty of eggs but is struggling to afford her very expensive treatment, and the other woman cannot have treatment at all without the gift of donor eggs. It gives women the opportunity to help themselves and at the same time assist another in desperate need.
The egg share donor will be rewarded with funded IVF treatment when she donates half of the eggs collected from her own IVF cycle to an anonymous recipient.
Can anyone become an egg share donor?
No. There are very strict criteria that you will need to meet in order to become an egg share donor. We 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 when we look at likely egg quality is your age. The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) stipulates that an egg donor must be under 36 years of age. We will ask you to complete some questionnaires 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, 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 then have several blood tests and investigations to confirm your suitability.
Would you like to find out more?
If you feel that our egg share programme could benefit you and you are interested in becoming an egg share donor, please do give us a call. Contact our egg donation nurse coordinators Sarah Templeman or Caroline Cayley on 01992 78 50 67/78 50 65.
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.Templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com