Receiving donor eggs
Who are our egg donors?
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 have donated some of their eggs as part of our egg sharing programme.
For those women who have contacted us anonymously they are between the ages of 21 and 35 years old. The most common groups of women who choose to donate eggs this way are:
- Women about to undergo sterilisation.
- Volunteers who simply wish to help infertile couples.
- Women who have had fertility problems themselves.
- Relatives or friends of couples having difficulty conceiving.
We are able to offer you a full medical and social history for each donor and their family as we know you would like as much information as possible on your potential donor. The full medical history also minimises the risks of passing on inherited disease. Donors also undertake a number of blood tests that screen for viruses such as 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 then our programme involves a registration procedure followed by an initial consultation, when we will be able to give an indication of donor availability. Unlike some clinics we do not charge a fee to go on the waiting list.
After your initial consultation we will arrange a counselling appointment. All potential recipients of donor eggs must see the counsellor, 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 will be contacted so that your treatment cycle can be planned by our donor coordinator. Your treatment typically starts 4-6 weeks later, as it takes time to co-ordinate your menstrual cycle with that of the donor. The actual timing of the programme cycle is variable so it is 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 mostly young (under 36) fertile women who have completed their own families. Our success rates are in line with the national average (40% per cycle started).
If you would like a copy of our Egg donation and sharing leaflet please call 01761 434464 and speak to one of our dedicated patient advisers who can help you with any questions you might have.