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.

The Donor Programme Team will support you through the process every step of the way and are happy to answer any queries you have.

Egg Recipient

Treatment using donated eggs or embryos may be required if you have experienced premature menopause, are at risk of passing on a chromosomal abnormality to a child, have lost the use of your ovaries due to disease, surgery or the treatment of cancer, have had failed fertility treatment due to low ovarian reserve or egg quality issues.

An initial consultation will take place with a member of the Donor Programme Team, at which time all aspects of this treatment will be fully explained, thereafter there will be an opportunity for all implications to be explored with our Independent Counsellor.

An egg recipient will undergo treatment in preparation to receive embryos created from donated eggs. Donated eggs are fertilised using the male partners sperm or sperm from a donor as required.

Potential parents may request non-identifying information about the donor. Offspring born as a result of a donation can request to find out the identity of the donor when they reach the age of eighteen from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Donors can only find out if any children have been born as a result of their donation and where applicable the sex and year of birth. They do not have the legal right of access to or, parental or financial responsibility for, any children born as a result of their donations.

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Sperm Recipient

Treatment using donated sperm may be required due to low sperm count, if there is a risk of passing on a chromosomal abnormality to a child, or due to treatment of cancer or for single women or same sex couples who are considering family.

An initial consultation will take place with a member of the Donor Programme Team, the treatment is fully explained and thereafter implications can be discussed with the Independent Counsellor.

A tubal assessment will be carried out prior to embarking on donor insemination treatment which will be undertaken within a natural cycle where possible in the first instance using urinary ovulation detection kits.

Potential parents may request non-identifying information about the donor. Offspring born as a result of a donation can request to find out the identity of the donor when they reach the age of eighteen from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Donors can only find out if any children have been born as a result of their donation and where applicable the sex and year of birth. They do not have the legal right of access to or, parental or financial responsibility for, any children born as a result of their donations.

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Embryo Recipient

Treatment using donated embryos may be considered if a patient requires egg and sperm donation. Patients that have previously had treatment and have completed their family or declined further treatment, and have embryos in cryostorage, can choose to donate their remaining embryos.

An initial consultation will take place with a member of the Donor Programme Team, the treatment is fully explained and thereafter implications can be discussed with the Independent Counsellor.

Embryo donors are registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as an egg and a sperm donor. They will undergo screening tests before being accepted as embryo donors.

Potential parents may request non-identifying information about the donors. Offspring born as a result of a donation can request to find out the identity of the donor when they reach the age of eighteen from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Donors can only find out if any children have been born as a result of their donation and where applicable the sex and year of birth. They do not have the legal right of access to or, parental or financial responsibility for, any children born as a result of their donations.

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Further Information

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Donor Programme Team on 01224 553582 or donation@abdn.ac.uk

You may also find the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) website useful. www.hfea.gov.uk.

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