Become an Egg Donor

The journey of an Egg donor

Egg donation in GENNET City Fertility includes few steps before you become an Egg donor. Read more to familiar yourself with this specific and irreplacable help that changes other women’s and couples lives.

If you want to become an Egg Donor, please get in touch with us using either our Egg Donor Enquiry Form or call us on 020 8209 3226. Alternatively, send us an email on info@city-fertility.com.

There are an increasing number of women who, for many different reasons, need donor eggs in order to conceive. If you decide to become an egg donor, you will have the opportunity to help one a woman bring a new life into the world and a new light into their lives. Successful treatment has a great impact  on the lives of subfertile couples; as a potential donor, you have the opportunity to make parenthood a reality for other women and couples.

We’re looking for people who are prepared to make the difference to someone in need. We commit to supporting you in every way to make your journey through donation as easy, safe and meaningful as possible. 

Step 1 – Online Enquiry Form

If you are considering becoming an egg donor, the first step is to complete the online enquiry form or to contact us by email or on the telephone. Not every applicant is eligible to become an egg donor – this form has been designed to give our team enough information to assess your enquiry. Our Egg Donation Co-Ordinator will assess the information provided on your form to ensure that there are no immediate medical reasons why you would not be suitable.

Step 2 – We will contact you

Once we have reviewed your form, we will contact you to seek additional information and ask you to give us permission to write to your GP. This allows us to access additional information regarding your medical background which will be helpful to assess your suitability.

Step 3 – 1st visit at GENNET City Fertility

At the Initial Consultation, your Fertility Specialist will explain the treatment programme and the procedures involved in egg donation. The doctor will also give you essential information about the treatment itself and the potential risks and complications associated with it.
UK regulations prohibit payment for egg donation, however, it does allow us to reimburse you for all reasonable costs incurred, such as travel expenses, childcare, etc. up to a maximum of £750 per donation cycle. All the medical consultations and tests you require are free, as is the Implications Counselling appointment. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about re-imbursement when you visit us here at GENNET City Fertility.

Your health and safety is of paramount importance to us. We require all relevant medical information to be able to prevent potential risks and complications during your donation cycle. To help us in this we will ask detailed questions about your general  health and your family medical history.

Initial Blood Tests - Your preliminary health check enables us to determine your suitability as an egg donor. It gives us information about your current reproductive health. You will be tested for FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), LH (Luteinising Hormone), Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) and Oestradiol (E2). These tests are performed between days 2-5 of your cycle. Day 1 is the first day of your menstrual bleed.

Detailed Ultrasound Scan with Antral Follicle Count (AFC) - An internal ultrasound scan is performed to assess your reproductive uterous, ovaries and fallopian tubes (?) and your ovarian reserve. We will also assess the ease of access to your ovaries and whether they are amenable to trans-vaginal egg collection. The scan is ideally performed in the early follicular phase of the cycle between days 2 – 6 of the menstrual cycle and can be performed at the same appointment as your initial blood tests.

If you are currently taking an oral contraceptive pill, we will determine whether you need to stop and have some hormones re-assessed. If you are using contraceptive devices such as the Mirena or Coil it may remain in situ. If you are using an implant or depot contraceptive (contraceptive injection), you will need to stop. A blood test will then be performed on your second period after stopping the use of these types of contraceptives. We ask that you useuse barrier methods of contraception during testing and donation.
Screening Blood Tests - This part of the assessment is very important from health, safety and regulatory viewpoints.   We will perform blood and urine infectious screening tests which meet the requirements laid down by the HFEA. 

Step 4 – 2nd visit at GENNET City Fertility

When we receive the results of the initial tests,  you will be called to the clinic for the next step – genetic tests. These are a simple blood test and include Chromosome Analysis and Cystic Fibrosis screen. Other genetic tests may be required according to your individual risk to specific conditions.
Counselling is mandatory at GENNET City Fertility for anyone who wishes to become a donor. It is a very important part of the egg donation process and it is a requirement of the HFEA that all donors have the opportunity to receive implications counselling. If you are married or have a partner, it is important that you are seen together by the counsellor. You will be able to share any thoughts or concerns, ask questions and explore your feelings thoroughly. The counsellor may introduce ideas and issues that had not yet occurred to you and assist you towards the important decision about becoming a donor.
A nurse consultation – this appointment gives you access to practical information about your cycle, the medication that you will be using, injection techniques, etc. You will be given time to ask questions and express any concerns to make sure that you feel ready for the treatment.

Step 5 – Ovarian stimulation 

You will be given stimulation drugs to encourage the growth of multiple follicles.  This leads to several eggs being collected at egg retrieval and an increased chance of at least one good quality embryo being created and transferred to recipient.
The safety of the donors is very important to us. We use a designated protocol for all our egg donors which is associated with almost no risk of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS). We also take care to closely monitor your cycle, so we can take preventive measures to avoid any risk.

Step 6 – Becoming and Egg donor

Retrieval of Eggs, The trans-vaginal egg collection is usually conducted under sedation using ultrasound guidance. You will recover in the comfort of your own dedicated room at GENNET City Fertility until you are able to go home. You may require simple analgesia such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Who can become an egg donor?

You have to be healthy and aged between 18 and 35 at the time of the donation. It is preferable that your cycles are normal as this indicates that your hormone levels are within the normal range. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) level must not exceed 30 kg/m2. You should not have any personal history of transmissible infection and there must be no personal or family history of inheritable disorders. When family history is not available becoming a donor is not possible. 

Donor anonymity

It is important to be aware that at the time of donation, the donor is anonymous, i.e. you will not meet or know the recipient. However, since April 2005, identifying information about donors is held on the HFEA Register and may be given to any donor-conceived child once they are 18 years old, including:

  • Donor’s full names (and any previous names)
  • Date of birth, and town or district where born
  • Last known postal address (or address at time of registration)

Resulting children will have access to the following information about the donor (if the donor has provided it) from the age of 16:

  • physical description (height, weight, and eye, hair and skin colour)
  • year and country of birth
  • ethnic group
  • whether the donor had any genetic children when they registered, and the number and sex of those children
  • other details the donor may have chosen to supply (e.g. occupation, religion and interests)
  • the ethnic group(s) of the donor’s parents
  • marital status (at the time of donation)
  • details of any screening tests and medical history
  • skills
  • reason for donating
  • a goodwill message, and a description of themselves as a person (pen portrait)

You will have the opportunity to discuss the above during your implications counselling session.
The law regarding anonymity was amended in 2005 and, for the avoidance of doubt, we provide the HFEA‟s guidance notes below.
The HFEA keeps a confidential register of information about donors, patients and treatments. This register was set up on 1st August 1991 and therefore contains information concerning children conceived from licensed treatments from that date onwards. People conceived as a result of licensed treatment aged 16+ (if contemplating marriage) or 18, who ask the HFEA, will be told whether or not they were born as a result of licensed assisted conception treatment and, if so, whether they are related to the person they want to marry. As the law now stands, children born as a result of treatment in the UK using donor eggs will have the right to learn the identity of the donor on reaching the age of eighteen, if the treatment was performed on or after 1st April 2005. No information about patients, their children and donors related to the treatment before this date* will be given out by the Authority under any circumstances other than those outlined above. The names of the children are not collected.
*An exception would be if the child was born with a disability as a result of a donor’s failure to disclose an inherited disease. If he or she were to sue a clinic for damages, a court might require the HFEA to disclose the donor’s identify under the Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liabilities) Act 1976. If you have any other questions about being an egg donor then we strongly suggest referencing the HFEA website on www.hfea.gov.uk which is an excellent source of information.

Parenthood issues

If you decide to become a donor, you will not be considered as a legal parent of any resulting children and you cannot make a claim for or be responsible for the child. By law, the woman having the treatment (the recipient) is considered to be the offspring’s legal mother, not the woman who donated the eggs.

Withdrawing consent

You can change your mind at any time about the use of the donated eggs up to the point of the embryo transfer. This applies to any “surplus” embryos resulting from the egg donation that had been frozen for future use.

Does it hurt at any point?

Individuals have different responses to the egg donation experience. The egg collection is considered a minor invasive procedure and some minor discomfort is not unusual.  Real pain is very rare indeed. We can assure you that a dedicated and supportive team will help you with all the medical and emotional aspects of donation.

Can my own fertility be affected?

Your welfare always comes first and your fertility is highly unlikely to be affected. It is important to understand that ovarian stimulation results in a maturation of a cohort of eggs recruited at a specific cycle which would have otherwise been wasted through a natural cycle. Therefore, the treatment cannot dwindle the reservoir of your eggs. Your consultant will explain in detail all treatment aspects and implications of egg donation during the Initial Consultation. 

What about sexual intercourse during the cycle?

It is important to understand that occasionally not all eggs are recovered during the egg retrieval procedure. This means you may potentially conceive naturally during the treatment cycle should you have intercourse and not use barrier contraception as advised

How many times can I donate? 

We recommend that you only donate for a maximum of three cycles.  The law states that there donation should result in the creation of no more than ten families.  

Can I find out if my donation has been successful?

You can contact us at any time after your donation and should the consent of your recipient allow, we will let you know how many children were born from your donation, their genders and the year of their birth(s). You will be asked to put your request in writing. (Doesn’t need to be in writing) We will not give you any information that may lead to the identification of anyone involved.

Who can access egg donor information? 

Couples selecting an egg donor will have access to limited anonymous information about the donors available.  Basic information will help them in their decision making process.Children conceived as a result of a donation have a legal entitlement to apply to the HFEA for information about their origins. This information includes the details the donor provided at the clinic.

Resources for egg and embryo donors: advice & support

Your decision to donate eggs or embryos is an important one with life-long implications. There are many factors to consider, and some of them are complicated. There are a number of organisations that can provide further information about the issues involved. You may also wish to discuss issues with the counsellor at the clinic where you are donating.