Egg donation is an amazing gift that could help another woman have a precious child of her own. It takes a special person to consider donating your eggs, and we design your donation journey to ensure that you feel supported and valued throughout.
Why become an egg donor?
- Egg donation is an opportunity to give someone the chance of becoming a parent, and if you’re the kind of person who likes to help others, it can be a truly rewarding experience. Your generosity can make a real difference to someone’s life.
- When you donate your eggs at our Care Fertility egg bank, you’ll receive £750 to cover your time and expenses.
If you’d like to chat through your decision with one of our donor enquiry team, you can contact us on 0808 178 2860. Our Care team will be happy to answer your questions and give you the information you need to help you decide whether egg donation is right for you.
Criteria for donating eggs in the UK
Egg donation is a very personal decision based on generosity and altruism. However, the health of our donors and children born is paramount, and there are some key criteria for our prospective egg donors:
- Your age should be between 18 and 35, as the quality of eggs can reduce after age 36
- You also need to be fit and healthy with no family history of hereditary illnesses
- For your safety, your BMI should be below 35.
If you fit these criteria, you could be exactly who we’re looking for.
The process of donating your eggs
1. Medical assessment
Before you can undergo the egg donation procedure, you’ll first have a medical assessment. This involves:
- Filling out a detailed medical questionnaire which details any genetic illness within your family.
- Meeting a nurse from our donation team who will discuss the whole egg donation process with you in detail.
- Some hormone blood tests.
- A vaginal ultrasound scan.
- Screening for infectious diseases and genetic and hereditary conditions.
2. Support and counselling for egg donors
Choosing to donate your eggs is a personal and important decision. So, after you’ve talked through the process with our donation team, we’ll also invite you to meet one of our experienced counsellors. They’ll talk to you about the ethical implications of egg donation and listen to any thoughts or worries you might have.
3. Egg donation consultation
Once you’re happy to go ahead with the egg donation, you’ll then meet one of our consultants. They’ll assess whether you’re suitable to be an egg donor, describe the donation journey in detail, and make a final decision. If they decide you fit our criteria things can move quickly; you might start the process as soon as two to four weeks later.
4. Stimulating your ovaries
The first step of the donation process is to stimulate your ovaries. To do this, you’ll need to give yourself daily injections for around twelve days, which we’ll teach you how to do. During this time, you’ll also need to come into the clinic on three or four mornings for ultrasound scans and blood tests.
5. Giving consent
Before we collect your eggs, we’ll ask you to sign a consent form. This document not only grants permission for us to collect your eggs but also establishes what you’d like us to do with your eggs in a number of different scenarios.
6. Egg collection
The technique we use to collect your eggs will be exactly the same as the one we use in an IVF cycle.
Egg collection is a non-surgical procedure. It is typically done under mild sedation or local anaesthetic; you will not need a general anaesthetic. No incision is made, and no stitches are necessary.
Using ultrasound as a guide, we use a needle to extract eggs from the ovarian follicles. At most, you’ll feel a few twinges, but we’d recommend having a short rest before going home.
7. After egg donation
After donating your eggs at our egg bank, you’ll be entitled to find out if any babies have been born as a result, and if so, the year they were born in, and their gender.
You can also write a brief goodwill message, which can be given to those children when they turn 18; you might like to tell them about how it felt to help their parents, your hobbies, or just how your friends would describe you.
If a child is born from your donation, they might choose to request information about who you are when they turn 18. Your counsellor can talk to you all about this during your session.
Egg donation payment: your compensation
Women who become egg donors at our egg bank receive compensation of £750 for each donation cycle.
The HFEA regulations state that in the UK it is illegal to pay for egg donation but that egg donors can receive compensation of up to £750 for each donation cycle. This sum covers any expenses for attending each appointment.
“When I read about egg donation, I just instantly knew I was meant to do this. My only thought was, there are families out there who want a child, and this may be their only way. I need to give someone that chance. Care were absolutely amazing from start to finish, I felt incredibly supported and informed throughout.”
-One of our amazing donors
Egg donation FAQs
Why do some women need an egg donor?
- Cancer treatment: Women who have been diagnosed with cancer may be suddenly faced with the possibility that their fertility is likely to be compromised by the life-saving treatment they need. And there is not always time to freeze their own eggs.
- Premature ovarian failure: About one in a hundred women under the age of 40 will go through premature menopause. Sometimes this can happen very early on when they are in their teens or early twenties.
- An inherited genetic condition: Using donated eggs will avoid passing the condition onto a child, and this may be the only way for some women to have a baby that survives and is fit and healthy.
Will donating my eggs affect my future fertility?
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Thank you to our donors
"Donors are truly an inspiration and I see the wonderful impact they have on creating life. I share the joy their gift brings to recipients – it is an amazing gift."
Selina, Care Donation team