Why donate embryos?
Can you help other couples to become a family? If you have completed your family and still have frozen embryos in storage, you may wish to consider donating them to another couple who are unable to create their own embryos.
Who are the recipients?
Embryo donation gives hope to couples who previously thought there was no treatment available to help them. If fertility is an issue for both partners, the only chance of a pregnancy is through embryo donation. Each year we see a number of couples at Bath Fertility Centre for whom donor embryos is the only option for having children.
How do you donate your embryos?
The first step is to arrange a consultation with our counsellor to discuss the implications of embryo donation for you and your family. Following this, you would have another appointment to see the donor embryo coordinator, who will provide you with a further explanation of what is involved.
Screening tests and medical history
Both partners will be screened to ensure there is not a risk of passing on genetic disorders or infections. This screening includes blood tests and taking a full family medical history.
Anonymity and legal issues
As donors you would remain anonymous to the recipient couple, and your identity would only be known to Bath Fertility Centre staff and the HFEA. However, any child born as a result of embryo donation will have the right from the age of 18 to apply to the HFEA for identifying information regarding their origins.
You would not be the legal parents of any child born as a result of the donation and would have no obligation to, or rights over, that child. Recipients of donated embryos would be the legal parents of any children born as a result of treatment.
The HFEA Code of Practice states that women can only donate embryos if they were under the age of 36 when the embryos were created.