IVF Treatment with donor eggs and embryos

Why choose CARE

* subject to consultation, counselling, semen analysis and completion of screening;

The waiting list at our London clinic is 4-6 months

Let's talk together

If you would like to speak to one of our Donation Co-ordinators, you can reach them on the numbers detailed below. You can also arrange an appointment by completing the CARE Self Referral questionnaire.

Francesca Steyn CARE London Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Francesca Steyn
Julie Easton CARE Manchester Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Julie Easton
Karen Faulkner CARE Northampton Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Karen Faulkner
Debbie Plowright CARE Nottingham Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Debbie Plowright
Julie Dickson CARE Sheffield Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Julie Dickson
Frances Stevens CARE Tunbridge Wells Egg Donation Co-ordinator
Frances Stevens
Tunbridge Wells

Contact one of our Egg Donation teams below:

Treatment using donor eggs and embryos

If you need treatment with donor eggs and embryos, please be reassured that the CARE egg donation teams have a great deal of experience in managing this type of treatment. We have been operating a successful donation programme through each of our units for many years and you will always find their approach very caring and highly professional. Our Donation team will guide you through the treatment process, spending time discussing all the elements of the treatment with you, ensuring you fully understand what is happening at each stage.

Patients from Ireland wishing to have this treatment can be referred and monitored from the Beacon CARE Fertility clinic in Dublin for treatment in the UK. Please contact the clinic for further details.

New Treatment Options

Our new treatment packages offer our patients options and added choice.

Exclusive Donor package

This option gives you

  • All of the eggs collected from your donor, meaning that eggs are not shared with another recipient
  • Fast track to treatment because there is no need to co-ordinate with a second recipient
  • Treatment in a fresh cycle so the potential for embryo transfer is maximised
  • Potentially more embryos to freeze
  • Potentially more surplus embryos available to try for a sibling pregnancy
  • Gives you a reduced chance of a cancelled cycle because there will likely be more eggs to work with

Shared Donor package

If cost is an issue, then we can offer 2 options which let you proceed with treatment quickly and cost effectively.

Two recipients match to an altruistic donor

With this option two recipients are matched to an altruistic donor and eggs are shared equally between the two recipients.

Egg Sharing

This provides subsidised fertility treatment for couples who are prepared to share some of their eggs.

Why use donor eggs?

Happy family with little girl

There are a number of reason why someone might need treatment with donor eggs. Examples of problems which can be overcome through the use of donor eggs are:

The CARE Egg Donation Programme provides a full range of options for couples seeking egg donation.

Altruistic Donation

We work constantly to raise awareness of the need for donor eggs to recruit donors and to keep waiting lists for recipients down to a minimum. There are many wonderful women who are happy to donate eggs to help other people to have a family.

Egg Sharing

This provides a solution to two problems:

Firstly, there is a shortage of donor eggs which affects those who need to use donated eggs for their fertility treatment.

Secondly, with relatively limited NHS funding for IVF available nationally, many couples with fertility problems have not been able to afford the treatment that they need.

Egg Sharing provides subsidised IVF treatment for infertile couples who are prepared to share some of the eggs collected at their egg collection and provides donor eggs to those couples who need them.

How are Donors and Recipients matched?

Potential egg donors must be fit and healthy, under the age of 36 and preferably already had children of their own. Physical characteristics such as hair and eye colour, height, weight, build, complexion, race and blood group are used for matching. Donors undergo a rigorous health screening process. Following recent advice from the HFEA, we cannot provide any additional information about the donor before matching. We will ask you to confirm in writing your acceptance of a particular donor.

Legal Issues related to Egg Donation

After consultation, the Government has decided that the benefits of allowing people to find out more about their genetic origins outweigh the disadvantages. People conceived using eggs from donors who registered (or re-registered) after 1 April 2005, will be able to consult the register and find out who the donor was, once they reach 18 (or before this if they intend to marry before the age of 18). The expectation is that by 2023, an agency will be set up to handle information provision and arrange appropriate counselling prior to any potential contact between a donor conceived child and their donor(s). This legal landmark ruling also applies to frozen eggs imported from the US.

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1978 - World's first IVF baby

1981 - First male factor patient treated

1982 - World's first baby delivered after intrauterine sperm/egg transfer

1984 - World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1990 - World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992 - Britain's first SUZI treatment baby

1992 - Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby

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2010 - First multi-factorial genetic chromosome tissue typing and translocation analysis of embryos in an IVF cycle

2010 - First UK based total treatment cycle for PGD and HLA Tissue Matching - Fanconi Anaemia

2011 - First UK pregnancy following use of an Embryoscope

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