Become an egg donor
Demand for donor eggs is greater than ever. Would you like to give an incredible gift?
We have many patients who need donor eggs if they are to create a family.
Egg donation gives hope to women who previously thought they would be unable to have children, usually because:
- Through disease, their ovaries no longer work and they cannot produce eggs or their ovaries have been removed
- They have had an early menopause
- They are at risk of passing a genetic disorder on to their children
- They have a chromosome condition (Turner’s Syndrome)
Can I donate my eggs?
To donate eggs you need to be between 18 and 35 years of age. Most egg donors will already have had children and will ideally have completed their family, although this is not an absolute requirement.
Generally women who donate their eggs are:
- About to undergo sterilisation
- A relative or friend of couples with difficulty conceiving
- Volunteers who wish to help infertile couples
What does donating eggs involve?
The first step towards donating your eggs is an appointment with our counsellor. If you then decide to go ahead, you will have an initial consultation, which involves taking your medical history, carrying out an ultrasound scan, and explaining the egg donation process in more detail.
Once these steps are completed we will take blood samples for screening. When the results of the blood tests are available (about 6 weeks later) an appointment can be made to begin your egg donation cycle. The treatment is similar to IVF (except there is no embryo transfer).
Will I be compensated in any way for donating eggs?
Women who donate their eggs at Bath Fertility can now be compensated a set figure of £750. This is as a result of a new policy (1 April 2012) from the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, issued following public consultation about donor payments. The sum is intended to reasonably compensate donors for any financial losses as well as recognising their time, commitment and dedication to helping others form a family.
All egg donors are screened to ensure they are not at risk of passing on genetic disorders or infections. This screening includes a full medical and family history, including both your parents and children. Blood tests are then carried out for some genetic disorders to determine whether you are a carrier (e.g. for cystic fibrosis) and viral infection screens are performed (e.g. HIV, hepatitis).
To find out more call 01761 434464 and speak to one of our dedicated Patient Advisors who can help you with any questions you might have.