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Receiving donor eggs

Our anonymous egg donors are either women who donate their eggs for altruistic reasons as they wish to help other women become mothers or they’ve donated some of their eggs as part of our egg sharing programme.

Egg donors are young women who have chosen to donate and are between the ages of 18-35 years old.

Egg donors provide us with their medical and social history for themselves and their family.  They also undertake a number of blood tests that screen for viruses, these include HIV and hepatitis, and genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis.

Occasionally we treat recipients with a donor known to the couple.

What does treatment using donor eggs involve?

If you need to use donor eggs as part of your fertility treatment this will involve an initial consultation where we are able to give an indication of donor availability. If you choose to have treatment at Bath Fertility you’ll be added to our waiting list. Unlike some clinics we don’t charge a fee to go on the waiting list.

After your initial consultation we’ll arrange an implications counselling appointment. All potential recipients of donor eggs must see our counsellors, irrespective of previous counselling for other forms of fertility treatment.

A member of our nursing team will ensure that all your blood tests and consent forms are completed. Once a donor becomes available, you’ll be contacted so that your treatment cycle can be planned by our donor coordinator. Your treatment typically starts 4-6 weeks later. The actual timing of the programme cycle is variable so it’s important that your availability is as flexible as possible.

How successful is treatment using donor eggs?

The chance of success using donated eggs is often greater than when using your own eggs, because the donors are young (under 36) fertile women many who have completed their own families. Our success rates are in line with the national average (40% per cycle started).

HFEA Information on egg donation from the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

HFEA Information on egg sharing from the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority