Every year there are thousands of people whose only chance of a baby is through either egg or sperm donation. Being an egg donor is an incredible act, as you will be giving an amazing gift, helping other people become parents. We always welcome egg donors, as there is a waiting list for donor eggs. Your donation happens over just a few weeks – this temporary change in lifestyle could mean a whole new future for people who need donor eggs, and can’t have children without your help.
At any time we welcome informal visits to meet with our egg donor co-ordinators will talk you through the process, regulatory issues and acceptance criteria. If you are not sure aboout an aspect of donating but prefere to speak with one of our experts then call us and we will arrange a time to suit you. Call 01245 241 231
Types of egg donor
There are three different types of egg donor:
- Altruistic donors (who are donating eggs to a recipient they don’t know)
- Known donors (who are donating eggs to someone they know)
- Egg sharers (who are donating eggs in the course of their own IVF/ICSI treatment)
Who can be an egg donor?
Egg donors need to fit the following criteria:
- be less than 36 years old (i.e. before 36th birthday)
- be a non-smoker
- have a body mass index of less than 30
- have an approved medical and family history
- have approved blood tests (hormone, genetic and infectious screening)
- be aware that each donor can consent to creating up to 10 families
- be aware that you will be required to administer your own injections to stimulate your ovaries.
- have considered the emotional impact your donation could have on your own children or any potential future children you may have.
- be aware that you will be required to attend the clinic at designated times and these appointments are important, so there may be a temporary impact on your lifestyle. (Patients on stimulation injections & monitoring for an average of 8-12 days with a few visits expected during this time).
Altruistic egg donors
How it works
Altruistic donors give eggs to a clinic for a recipient they don’t know, to be mixed with a partner’s sperm, or donor sperm, and used in IVF/ICSI treatment. Women who want to donate will undergo screening tests to make sure there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a donor. Before the eggs are used, they’ll be matched with the recipient’s physical characteristics, i.e. hair colour, build etc. It’s an anonymous process: the donor and the recipient won’t know each other’s identities. The eggs could be used ‘fresh’, if the cycles of the two women are co-ordinated, or they could be frozen for use in a later cycle.
Compensation (Donors can receive expenses of up to £750)
Our altruistic donors eggs donors make several visits to the clinic over the course of a few weeks. This includes consent appointments at the start of the process, monitoring during stimulation and the egg collection procedure itself. Donors can receive expenses of up to £750 for undergoing the process, and the time it takes to travel and attend appointments.
Known egg donors
Known egg donors donate eggs to someone they know. There is no remuneration offered by the clinic for this process. The recipient can offer expenses to their donor, but they must comply with the maximum expenses outlined by the HFEA, in the same way that the clinic would with an altruistic donor.
Egg sharers (Receive Free IVF in return for donating some of their Eggs)
Sometimes a woman already planning to have IVF might choose to donate some of the eggs collected during her cycle. She could choose to donate to a specific recipient (known egg sharing) or to the clinic egg bank (altruistic egg sharing). Women who want to share their eggs will undergo screening tests to make sure there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a donor.
Download our Guides for Egg Donors in Egg Sharing Arrangements
Egg donor journey
Your journey as an egg donor is similar in many ways to the first part of a standard IVF cycle journey, which you can see here. For more information on donating eggs and to apply online then please click here.
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, please call the clinic on 01245 241 231 or apply online here.