Egg donation

Donating your eggs could help another woman have a precious child of her own.

Could donating my eggs be right for me?

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.

 

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What does egg donation involve?

Medical assessment

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.

Support and counselling

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.

Consultation

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.

Beginning the process

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.

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.

Egg collection

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 donation

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.

Where can I donate my eggs?

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.

Birmingham 01214559334
London 0207 616 6767
Manchester 0161 249 3066
Northampton 01604 608 788
Nottingham 0115 852 8139
Sheffield 0114 250 6061
Tunbridge Wells 01892 614 110

 

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Our donation teams will support you, provide you with all the information you need and will answer any questions you have.

 

FAQs

Women who become egg donors receive £750 for each donation cycle. This sum covers any expenses for attending each appointment.
Will donating my eggs affect my future fertility?
It's extremely unlikely that donating your eggs will have any negative effects on your own fertility. In a normal donation cycle you'll only donate as many eggs as you'd lose naturally in that month, which is usually around 10 - that means you'll still have thousands of eggs left.
If you'd like to talk properly to someone about the implications of egg donation, book a consultation.

You'll have to have daily injections that mimic the action of the body's natural hormones and stimulate egg production; these injections are really straightforward, and we'll teach you how to do them at home. How much medication you'll need to take will depend on factors like your age, medical history, and size, and we'll give you a plan that's individual to you.

You'll need to come into the clinic between seven and ten times. Your first visit will be for an initial appointment with our Donation Coordinator, at which you will give a blood sample. Normally, you'll then have an appointment with a counsellor, followed by a consultation with the doctor and a scan. You'll usually have three or four monitoring appointments and then one visit for egg collection.

We'll do whatever we can to make sure your donation isn't too disruptive. During the short monitoring stage we'll need you to attend the clinic on specific days, but the appointments won't take long and can be scheduled to suit you - you can come in any time from first thing in the morning.
In reality, you should only have between three and five days of inconvenience in the form of attending the clinic, but we'll give you as much support as possible to make sure your visits are convenient and stress free.

After the procedure you'll need to rest in the clinic for a minimum of two hours, and then you'll be able to go home. During the post-operative period you might experience a little abdominal discomfort similar to period pain, but this should subside in two to three days and can easily be controlled with paracetamol.

No, egg collections are usually carried out under mild sedation or local anaesthetic.

No, you will not. The recipients of your donated eggs are the legal parents of any child born as a result. Therefore, you have no financial or legal responsibility for any donor-conceived children now or in the future.