Things to Consider Before Egg Donation
Helping someone else to have a family of their own by donating your eggs is such an amazing thing for any woman to do. Here at CARE, we want to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible, so you know if egg donation is right for you before you decide to give the wonderful gift of life to another.
Here is a list of the key things to help you decide if egg donation could be the right decision for you. There may be some aspects that you may need to consider before you are fully confident in your decision, but if you do have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact your local CARE clinic. Our dedicated egg donation teams are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Tests & questionnaires
We ask all of our donors to fill out a medical form and family history questionnaire. These forms are a legal requirement for all fertility clinics and help us to distinguish whether you are suitable for egg donation. They are relatively simple and easy to complete so shouldn’t put you off donating with CARE. And our donation teams are there to help with any questions you have.
After your consultation with one of our Donation Coordinators, you will undergo blood tests and a quick ultrasound scan so the team can assess your fertility health.
Once you have decided to go ahead with your donation, you’ll need to visit the clinic between seven and ten times. We’ll do everything we can to ensure your appointments aren’t too disruptive to your day-to-day life.
After your first consultation and initial blood tests, you will normally then have an appointment with a CARE counsellor. Here, you will be able to talk through the ethics of egg donation and any queries you may have, or emotions you may be feeling towards the donation process. Following this, you will have a consultation with a doctor who will answer any of your medical questions. You will then be scheduled in for three to five monitoring appointments, and one final appointment for egg collection.
Women who choose to donate their eggs are required to administer injections in order to stimulate their ovaries in preparation for egg collection. These injections stimulate egg production, ensuring the optimum amount of eggs are matured and ready to be retrieved on collection day. The nurses will make sure you fully understand the process, and are comfortable to do this before leaving the clinic.
The injections are easy to administer, and can be done in the comfort of your own home. If you do feel you are unable to administer the injections yourself, it may be comforting to ask a partner, friend or family member to help you carry this out.
Loss of anonymity
In 2005, the laws regarding egg/sperm donor anonymity changed to allow any child born from donated eggs/sperm access to identifiable data about their donor when they turn 18 years old.
It must be noted that you will not be financially or legally liable for any children born from your donation. The recipients of your donated eggs are the legal parents of any child born as a result.
If you decide that you would like counselling, our CARE counsellors are available to chat with you virtually. They can advise you on things like the information that would be given to any children born from your donation and answer any questions you may have.
We’re here to give you all the facts, figures advice, and support you need to give another woman the chance to have a family of her own. So, if you have any further questions or concerns regarding egg donation at CARE, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest CARE clinic.