I want to donate my eggs

Donating your eggs

Can you help by donating eggs? There are all sorts of reasons why some women rely on donated eggs to stand a chance of realising their dream of becoming a mother. They may have suffered early menopause, undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy or have poor egg quality. Some women are born without ovaries.

Some of our egg donors donate their eggs via our very successful Egg  Share Scheme; others are altruistically donated by women determined to help those less fortunate than themselves to become parents.

If you would like to become an egg donor, there are a number of issues to consider and we will take the time to make sure you fully understand what the procedure involves. If you wish to find out more, read our Donating Eggs page.

Become an Altruistic egg donor

Egg donation really is a life-changing gift for would-be parents facing a future without children. Some of our egg donors are making a selfless decision to help those less fortunate than themselves to become parents.

Compensation for altruistic egg donors £750

There’s no payment within the UK for donating eggs, but the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows an altruistic egg donor to receive expenses of £750.

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Can anyone become an altruistic egg donor?

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 the 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:

  • Needs to be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Is fit and healthy within normal limits of weight and height.
  • 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 34.

What happens when I donate my eggs?

If you decide to go ahead, you would be giving another woman a life-changing gift. However, it is important that you are aware that the process takes approximately a month to complete. During this time you would be required to take hormone injections and then have your eggs collected by a minor operating procedure, which is done here at the clinic. You would also need to attend the clinic for approximately 3-4 scans during this period.

Find out more about becoming an egg donor

If you’re interested in becoming an egg donor, we want to hear from you! We are always happy to have an informal chat in complete confidence and can explain in more detail what is involved.

Please call our egg donation coordinators, Caroline or Sarah on 01992 78 50 65, or email enquiries@hertsandessexfertility.com to find out more.

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Egg share and fund your IVF treatment

Many other women may be in need of fertility treatment themselves and understand all too well the heartbreak of failing to conceive. So, as a part of their own IVF treatment, women may choose to donate half of their collected eggs to help another woman. This is known as egg sharing.

What is egg sharing?

Egg sharing anonymously brings together two women needing IVF treatment but for very different reasons. Women who have the potential to produce plenty of eggs during their IVF treatment can donate half of the eggs collected from their cycle to another who cannot have treatment at all without the precious gift of donated eggs.

It gives women the opportunity to help another woman and in return helps towards funding her own much-needed IVF treatment.

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With our egg share programme, the donors’ standard IVF treatment will be fully funded and also includes saline infusion sonogram (SIS), endometrial scratch, male and female screening tests, and fertility drugs.

Can anyone become an egg share donor?

Egg sharers are donating eggs to another woman and there are strict criteria in place in order to become an egg share 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:

  • Needs to be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Is fit and healthy within normal limits of weight and height.
  • 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 34. Any potential egg share donors who are within the correct age range and BMI criteria will initially be booked to come in for a blood test called an AMH to assess the reserve within their ovaries. At this appointment we will also complete a medical questionnaire answering questions about their fertility and medical history. We will ask that the donor’s family doctor signs this questionnaire as verification at a later date.

The combination of the AMH blood result and the information that is provided on the questionnaire will allow us to assess who may be suitable to become an egg share donor. Those who are suitable will then be booked to come for a full doctor consultation appointment as a potential egg share donor. At this appointment blood tests (including genetic tests and screening for infectious diseases) will be taken before suitability will be finally confirmed.

Your first step towards egg sharing?

If you have read this information and 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 coordinators, Sarah Templeman or Caroline Cayley on 01992 78 50 65 or email Sarah.Templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com or caroline.cayley@hertsandessexfertility.com.

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

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Fees for Egg Share Donors – 2019* Cost (£)
IVF treatment cycle No Charge
New Consultation (Refunded if accepted on to the programme) £50
HFEA Fees £80
Saline Infusion Sonography only No Charge
Pipelle only No Charge
SIS/Pipelle together No Charge
Blood test (partner-HE1a) No Charge
Use of HEFC donor sperm (if applicable) £750
Admin fee for use of external sperm** – LSB £500
Admin fee for use of external sperm** – Xytex £750
ICSI fee when using external donor sperm £650
Embryo freezing and 1 years storage £600
Additional years storage (if required) £360
ICSI (if required) £650
PICSI (if required) £900
Surgical sperm retrieval (if required) £1,050
Cyclogest Post Pregnancy test (15) £24
Pregnancy scan £165
Embryo Glue £200

*Any Medication following Egg Collection including Cyclogest will be charged accordingly
** Does not include the cost of donor sperm

Additional blood tests may be necessary depending on Medical history.
Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to withdraw.

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Funded egg freezing as part of our Egg Sharing programme

We know that many young women today are interested in fertility preservation to enable them to choose to start their families later in life so, in the same way that our Egg Sharing programme can help women to receive funded IVF treatment, it can also provide women with the opportunity to help another woman who desperately needs donated eggs to begin her treatment and to also meet the cost of her own egg freezing treatment, including the cost of storage for 3 months, by sharing half of her eggs. Further storage time will be charged at the usual egg freezing rate of £360 per year.

Are you eligible for funded egg freezing?

Anyone interested in our funded egg freezing treatment must be fit and healthy have a BMI of 19-34 and an AMH of 15 or over, be under 32 years of age and meet the HFEA criteria required to become an egg donor.

We will ask that you undertake a comprehensive fertility assessment to confirm that you have the potential to produce enough eggs to freeze for yourself and for another woman’s treatment. We are also required to assess your health and your genetic makeup, so you will need to consent to undertake all of the regulatory screening tests. This is to ensure that we are not knowingly passing any inheritable illness on to any child born as a result of your donation.

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Egg Freezing and Storage Cost (£)
Consultation No Charge
Blood tests No Charge
Egg freezing cycle No Charge
Medication for egg freeze cycle No Charge
Storage of eggs for 3 months No Charge
Annual storage fee £360
When you decide to go through treatment with your frozen eggs the costs are:
Follow up consultation £100
Screening (HE2a) £280
Frozen cycle (includes thawing of eggs scans and transfer) £1800
ICSI £650
Medication Approx. £300
Saline Infusion Sonogram only £300
Pipelle only No Charge
SIS/pipelle together No Charge
Use of HEFC donor sperm (if applicable) £750
Embryo glue £200
Pregnancy scan £165

Counselling

All egg donors whether altruistic or egg sharing must also understand the implications of becoming a donor, both in the short and the long term. Mandatory fertility counselling is held with an independent counsellor and at least one session is required for all our egg donors and their partners. Egg donors are entitled to as many sessions as needed free of charge, and these may be taken before, during or after the treatment cycle.

Who will have information about my donation?

The only people who will be informed are the HFEA and the staff here at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre. You will be recorded as an egg donor on the HFEA’s register and any patient using your eggs will have their treatment and any resulting outcome recorded as well. As of 2005, any child or children born from your donated eggs are legally entitled to approach the HFEA to trace their donor once they turn 18. Your information will only be passed to them at their request.

For more information on the legal implications of donating eggs, please visit www.hfea.gov.uk.

Find out more

If you have any questions about egg freezing, or our Funded Egg Freezing programme, that you would like to discuss, please contact our egg share coordinators, Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 67 or you can email enquiries@hertsandessexfertility.com.

I want to use donor eggs

Treatment using donor eggs

Many women who come to us for fertility treatment are unable to produce their own eggs. The cause may be anything from early menopause as a result of damage to the ovaries because of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, previous surgery on the ovaries or purely unexplained. Some women are simply born without ovaries. Others may still produce eggs but the quality is too poor to fertilise or implant.

You can find out more about how we carry out our fertility treatments for egg recipients in the Treatment Journey.

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At the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, we can offer treatment to those women who need donor eggs, and usually within two to six months* of application. As one of the busiest egg donation centres in the UK, we can offer you a 54% (Jan 2016-Jan 2017) chance of achieving a clinical pregnancy.

The majority of our egg donors come to us via our egg sharing programme. This is where you would receive half of the eggs collected from a woman who is undergoing fertility treatment herself.

She will have met all the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) criteria and she will also have been assessed as having the potential to produce a good number of healthy eggs (see diagram below).

We are also happy to treat women who bring their own known donor along to the clinic.

*For treatment with caucasian eggs depending on the criteria required – other ethnic backgrounds may have a slightly longer wait.

Your next steps if you need donor eggs

Please call our egg donation nurse coordinators, Sarah Templeman on 01992 78 50 67 or Caroline Cayley 01992 78 50 65, or email sarah.templeman@hertsandessexfertility.com or caroline.cayley@hertsandessexfertility.com for more information.

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Fees for Egg Recipients – 2019 Cost (£)
New Consultation Fee £250
Recruitment fee for egg donation programme (non-refundable) £450
Egg Donation cycle (Inc. ICSI, donor medication & Blood test (HE6) £7,750
Saline Infusion Sonography/Pipelle £425
Pipelle £185
SIS £300
HFEA Fee £80
CMV for recipient £65
Screening for recipient & partner (HE1a) +(HE2a) £260
Use of HEFC donor sperm if applicable £1,000
Prostap £200
Progynova (84) £15
Cyclogest (4 boxes) £96
Additional Laboratory fees
Embryo Glue £200
Blastocyst £425
PICSI £250
Embryo freezing and 1 years storage £685
Additional years storage (if required) £360
Pregnancy scan (if required) £165

Once eggs have been donated to and used by recipient the cycle will be deemed to be complete. A refund of £200 will be paid if embryo transfer does not occur (e.g. if failure of eggs to fertilise or all embryos are frozen)

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