Donating eggs and embryos at CARE Fertility
Why do we need donor eggs?
Some women are unable to produce their own eggs. This might be because they have gone through the menopause early – as young as 20. Some of our patients have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer which has left them infertile. Other women have genetic conditions which they do not want to pass on to their children. The generosity and thoughtfulness of a woman who is prepared to donate eggs can change everything.
Who can donate?
If you are under 36 years of age, in good health, aware of your family medical history (no history of genetic disorders) and with a BMI of under 35 - you could be the donor we're looking for.
“I've got three children and I don't want any more. I've often thought about donating eggs, and kept putting it off. But now I've actually done it I feel really pleased that my eggs have given someone else the chance to have a family” Michelle - egg donor
As an egg donor you will receive £750 compensation payment for each donation cycle.
You will also have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped a couple to have a precious child of their own.
What is involved?
Donating eggs requires commitment. There are daily injections – which we can train you to do – and you will need to come in to CARE probably 3 or 4 times for ultrasound scans and blood tests. At the appropriate time, eggs are collected by a simple procedure. After a few hours you can go home.
Is it anonymous?
Yes. Donor and recipient never meet.
Could any child ever trace me?
Since April 2005, any child born from donated eggs or sperm may, at age 18, request and be given identifying information about their donor. This change will not be retrospective and individuals who have donated eggs or sperm before April 2005 will not be identified.
What is the next step?
If you would like further details about donating eggs, please contact a CARE egg donation co-ordinator at your nearest centre.
Contact one of our Egg Donation teams below: