Donating eggs and embryos at CARE Fertility
CARE has one of the world's most experienced teams dedicated to the treatment of infertility. We have highly skilled doctors, scientists, nurses and support staff. Our laboratories and theatres are equipped to the highest standards.
But for some of our patients we need extra help – we need donor eggs. Could you help? Could you be an egg donor and give another woman the chance to become pregnant? There is a great demand for donor eggs – perhaps you know a couple who are unable to have children. If you do, you'll know what heartache it causes. The generosity and thoughtfulness of a woman who is prepared to donate eggs can change everything for childless couples and give them a chance to have the family they have dreamed of.
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.
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. Unless a donor comes forward we are unable to help them.
Who can donate?
You should be under 36 years of age, in good health and with no history of genetic disorders. Many women consider donating their eggs when they are sterilised for example.
“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
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 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.
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.