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. To thank you for your time and kindness, we’ll compensate you with £750 for each donation cycle.
To donate your eggs, you’ll need to be under 36 and aware of your family history, and you shouldn’t have any known genetic problems. If you fit these criteria, you could be exactly who we’re looking for.
After you get in touch, we’ll ask you to fill out a detailed medical questionnaire before you meet a nurse from our donation team. They’ll discuss the whole process with you in detail, and you'll also need some blood tests and an ultrasound scan to check you're suitable to donate your eggs.
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.
Once you’re happy to go ahead with 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.
The first step of the donation process is to stimulate your ovaries. To do this, you’ll need to give yourself daily injections for three or four weeks - it’s really straightforward, and while it can be a little time consuming it’s never more than a bit uncomfortable. Over a two-week period during this time, you'll also need to come into the clinic on three or four mornings for ultrasound scans and blood tests.
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.
The technique we use to collect your eggs will be exactly the same as the one we use in a normal IVF cycle. Using ultrasound as a guide, we use a needle to extract eggs from the ovarian follicles; it only takes about 30 minutes and is carried out under sedation or local anaesthetic. At most you’ll feel a few twinges, but we’d recommend having a short rest before going home.
After donating your eggs you’ll be entitled to find out if any babies are born as a result, the year they’re born in, and whether they’re a boy or girl. 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.
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, we really appreciate your thoughtfulness. We would like to tell you absolutely everything you need to know about our egg donation process.
To find out more you can call the donor team at the CARE clinic closest to you.
I am writing this surrounded by piles of clothes, passports and suitcases - tomorrow we go on holiday. Last year I sat on the veranda thinking about the pain of the previous two years - my miscarriage and two failed cycles of IVF - and wondering whether we would ever achieve our dream of having a family. This year, the new memories we will bring home are thanks to the amazing and selfless gift of a woman I have never met, a lady who had the empathy and compassion to help me, a stranger, by donating her eggs.
That single cell has truly changed our lives and created more than just a family of three because our daughter is also a granddaughter, niece, cousin and godchild. So this year I will sit on the veranda and raise a glass of wine in silent thanks to our donor as I watch our child play in the sunshine, because no words can ever truly express my gratitude.