Introduction

Some women require eggs donated by another in order to get pregnant. There is currently a great shortage of egg donors and for that reason we are providing the opportunity to women who are about to undergo assisted conception treatment to consider sharing their eggs with another woman (recipient). In return, you can expect a reduced treatment cost for your IVF or ICSI treatment cycle. Not all women are suitable to be egg share donors.

Recipients of the eggs may need them for a number of reasons e.g. ovarian failure or premature (early) menopause, cancer treatments, hereditary disease or following failed IVF treatment

Criteria

In order to become an egg-share donor women are required to:

  • be under 36 years of age on the day of egg collection
  • be within a healthy weight range, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of <30
  • be a non-smoker, no history of smoking
  • have personal or family inherited illness disability
  • normal level follicle stimulating hormone (fsh), as assessed by blood test and reasonable number antral follicles at diagnostic scan (>/= 10). These are predictors of your ovarian response to medication, and subsequently your ability to produce eggs
  • screen negative for certain infections and genetic diseases


If you would like further information, please contact the administration team on (01224) 550979 and inform them that you are interested in becoming an egg share donor. If you meet the above criteria, you will be sent an information pack and an appointment for you and your partner (if applicable) to meet with a member of the medical team.

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What is involved?

Before being accepted as a donor

You will be invited to attend an initial personal consultation at a mutually convenient time to discuss the implications of donating eggs as an egg share donor. We will discuss your current health, lifestyle and your medical history. A diagnostic scan will be undertaken as well as a blood test for blood born viruses.

Should you meet the criteria to become an egg share donor, and you wish to proceed, further appointments will be arranged to have additional screening tests and you will meet with the independent counsellor.

Donating

Following the IVF treatment if eight or more eggs are collected, then they are randomly shared between yourself and the recipient. If an even number of eggs is collected, each will receive half; if an odd number of eggs is collected, the additional egg will be allocated to you.

We make every effort to ensure a good response to stimulation, however, this cannot be guaranteed. In the event of only seven eggs being retrieved, you can choose to donate four eggs to the recipient, and keep three for your personal use, or you can donate all seven to the recipient and have another treatment cycle; at which time, you will not be required to share your eggs. Alternatively, you can keep all seven eggs, but you will be required to pay the full agreed cost of IVF/ICSI treatment on day of egg recovery.

HFEA

The Aberdeen Fertility Centre is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority which sets standards for all UK fertility centres. Please visit www.hfea.gov.uk for further information.

Donor Information

Recipients may be given non-identifying information about their donors if they request it. People born as a result of donation will be able to find out the identity of their donor when they reach the age of 18 if they wish.

As a donor

  • You will not be told the identity of the recipients of your eggs
  • You have no legal right of access to, or parental or financial responsibility for, any children resulting from your egg donation
  • You will be able to find out how many children are born the year of their birth and the sex of the child, as a result of your donation
  • You may be contacted in the future by people over the age of 18 born as a result of your donation

Costs

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Contact Us

If you think you could help by becoming an egg share donor please get in touch with the Donor Programme Team. Alternatively you can discuss this with medical staff during your IVF consultation.

For additional information regarding egg donation you may find the National Gamete Donation Trust website useful www.ngdt.co.uk