Introduction

Fertility is something that most take for granted, for some however fertility issues can mean that having a child is difficult or impossible without help from a donor.

Donors are people from all walks of life - there is no such thing as a standard donor. What they have in common is a desire to give the gift of life and help people to achieve the family they otherwise could not have.

The donor programme team will support you through the process every step of the way and are happy to answer any queries you may have.

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Egg Donation

There are many reasons why some women require donor eggs for example following ovarian failure or premature (early) menopause, cancer treatments, hereditary disease or following failed IVF treatment. An egg donor can receive compensation of up to £750 per cycle of donation to reasonably cover any financial losses incurred in connection with the donation.

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Sperm Donation

In about half of all couples affected, their fertility problems are with the male partner. Either no sperm are produced, or those that are produced are not capable of fertilising an egg. Therefore they may consider using donor sperm. A sperm donor can claim compensation of up to £35 per clinic visit to reasonably cover any financial losses incurred in connection with the donation.

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Egg Sharing

Due to the current shortage of egg donors, Aberdeen Fertility Centre are providing the opportunity to women who are about to undergo assisted conception treatment to consider sharing their eggs with another woman. An egg-share donor can expect a reduced treatment cost of around £1,000 for an IVF or ICSI treatment cycle.

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Embryo Donation

The help to start a family for some people may be needed from an egg and a sperm donor. In such cases embryo donation may be a consideration. Donated embryos are those that have originally been created for a couple, using their own (or donor) sperm and eggs, and frozen to be stored for their future use. If a couple decide they no longer wish to use these embryos themselves, they may choose to donate them for use by others.

Recipient Perspectives

My husband and I have tried for seven years to have a family enduring investigations, years of fertility drugs and four failed IVF treatments. Throughout this time we have experienced extreme highs of hopefulness and depths of despair, but have never stopped hoping and wishing that the next time would be successful. Our only hope now is to receive eggs donated by another woman.

Without yourselves and the kindness of donors we wouldn't have our family. It's hard to put in to words the feeling of completeness that we both feel, I always felt my life was lacking in some way but having my daughter and now another on the way has fulfilled me and enriched our lives beyond belief.

We understand that the process of donation isn't straight forward, and as a result appreciate the generosity of anyone willing to donate eggs all the more. We've been on the waiting list for 4 years. Due to our fertility problems being as a result of cancer treatment we've always known that egg donation was the only treatment which would give us the chance to be parents.