Egg sharing is an option for anyone looking to reduce the costs of IVF, as well as for those who’d like to be able to help other women and couples struggling to start or grow their families.
To share your eggs, you’ll need to be under 36 and aware of your family history, and you shouldn’t have any known genetic problems.
There’s quite a lot to think about if you’re considering egg sharing, so if you’re unsure or would like to know more the best thing to do is talk to your local clinic about your options. Our donation team will give you all the support and guidance you need to make a decision that’s right for you.
If you decide to share your eggs, we’ll first need to check you’re suitable for the programme. So, 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 then you'll need some blood tests and an ultrasound scan to check you're suitable to donate.
If you qualify as an egg sharer, we’ll offer you a counselling session. It’s really important that you talk through all the implications of sharing your eggs, including the fact that you’ll need to agree to be identifiable to any children born if they’d like to know more about you when they turn 18.
Once you’re ready to go ahead with treatment, you’ll find the process very similar to a normal IVF cycle; the main difference is that we’ll synchronise your treatment cycle with your recipient’s. If you’ve not been through treatment before, you can read more about the IVF process here. Our results show that egg sharing doesn’t affect treatment success rates in any way.
We’ll give you medication to stimulate your ovaries, which you’ll need to take for around 12 days, and throughout that time we’ll do some ultrasound scans to monitor your response.
When your eggs are mature we’ll invite you into the clinic for your egg collection, a simple procedure that takes around 30 minutes and is carried out under sedation or local anaesthetic. To collect the eggs, we guide a needle through the vagina to extract them from the ovarian follicles. It isn’t painful, but it's normal to feel a bit uncomfortable after the procedure - and we’d recommend you have a short rest before going home.
Once your eggs have been collected they’ll be divided equally between you and your recipient. If we collect an odd number of eggs, the extra egg will go to you.
After sharing 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 a girl. As with our full donors you can also write a brief goodwill message, which can be given to those children when they turn 18 if they want to know more about 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.
To thank you for sharing your eggs our clinics will offer you a significant discount on your treatment. At CARE London, we’ll give you a cycle of IVF treatment for free. You can find out more about how this could affect the costs of your treatment on the costs and funding page.