The egg bank system received more positive press this week after the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) recorded its first pregnant egg bank patient.
The new bank, which has been open for just over a month, will run alongside the GCRM’s existing egg donation programme, which sees patients travelling to a partner IVF clinic in Spain to receive their eggs. As with many of our own clients, donors fall into one of two groups: altruistic women who want to give others the opportunity to have children, or other clients who receive a discount on their own IVF treatment for donating their eggs.
Dr Marco Gaudi, Medical Director of the GCRM, expects the number of women who will receive donated eggs at the Centre to double over the coming year, and this forecast is further evidence of a growing trend that sees more and more Scottish women over the age of 40 having children.
While this is great news, we agree with Cradle, the patient support group, who have warned that this early success shouldn’t be seen as a guaranteed option for young women in their twenties and thirties who want to put off pregnancy until their early forties.
Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, one of the most successful UK egg donation clinics is currently in an enviable position with no waiting list for Caucasian donor eggs. The waiting list for ethnic minority egg donors has also dropped sharply, thanks to an education campaign that has seen a significant increase in the number of UK altruistic as well as egg share donors.