A Guide to Egg Donor IVF in the UK
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A Guide to Egg Donor IVF in the UK

Many patients who come to us may be considering using donor egg and sperm cells to carry out treatment and form the families they’ve always wanted. However, it is possible that they may still have questions about the IVF and egg donation process. This is why we have put together a specialist guide on egg donor IVF treatments in the UK, so you can feel more informed about the procedure before you decide to book a consultation.

What is Egg Donor IVF?

Egg donor IVF is an option for fertility treatment if, for any particular reason, you cannot use your own eggs, or your partner is unable to use theirs. It is also the standard method for expanding your family if you are both biologically male and unable to conceive because of this. 

The process will have previously involved an egg donor coming to us and undertaking part of an IVF treatment cycle, in order for their eggs to be collected. These eggs may then be fertilised with a male partner’s or a donor’s sperm and then transferred into the intended parent’s womb, or into the womb of a surrogate if this is what you have planned. 

When You Might Need Egg Donor IVF

There are many reasons you may choose to undergo a cycle of IVF using donor eggs, once you have either come to that conclusion on your own or once you have had a consultation with a specialist and it has been recommended to you. We have listed some of these reasons below, as they may be related to your particular circumstances:

  • Age-related infertility (which is common for biologically female patients aged 40 and over)
  • You or your partner have low ovarian reserves 
  • You or your partner have primary ovarian insufficiency (which is also known as premature ovarian failure)
  • You are a single male looking to conceive via a surrogate
  • You are a male couple looking to conceive via a surrogate
  • There is a risk of genetic disease on the side of a female partner
  • If a female partner was born without ovaries due to a congenital anomaly
  • If ovaries were removed or damaged during cancer treatment
  • If there has been repeated cancelled IVF treatment due to poor ovarian response, or low ovarian reserve.
  • If there has been repeated unexplained IVF failure

In any of these cases mentioned above, it is important to note that while it may seem difficult to conceive the children you would love to have in your family, this does not mean that it will never happen. Going through a round of IVF using donor eggs is another treatment option for expanding your family and making those wishes come true.

To learn more about this, please scroll down to our section on donor egg success rates.

Finding an Egg Donor

Your specialist will be able to discuss options for finding a compatible egg donor, though there are some other common routes you may choose to take. These include:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Egg banks or donor agencies
  • Couples who are willing to undergo egg sharing
  • Fertility clinics offering IVF treatment procedures

At GENNET City Fertility, we will take the time to carefully match you with a suitable donor before the treatment goes ahead. You will then be given as much non-identifying information about your donor as possible, including some descriptions of physical and personal characteristics. Your donor will have also written a profile about themselves to provide you with some further information.

We must also note that egg donors have a right to ask for some information about children born of their IVF and egg donation procedure. This includes the number of children that have been born as a result, their genders, and the years of birth. The information is not private and donors may ask this at any time.

How IVF Works with an Egg Donor

Egg donor IVF will work much in the same way as a regular IVF treatment. The largest difference will be that the donor will undergo the egg collection process, rather than the recipient or intended parent. If you or your partner are using “fresh” donor eggs (i.e. eggs that haven’t been frozen) then you will have to undergo hormone therapy to ensure that your cycle matches that of your donor. This prepares your body ready for the embryo transfer and implantation process when you need it.

If you are planning on using eggs that have been frozen, these will be thawed for fertilisation and transferred as required.

Egg Donor IVF Success Rates

According to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), donor eggs can considerably increase the chances of a patient carrying out a successful pregnancy. In 2018, it was found that success rates for live births per embryo transferred remained above 20% for cycles of IVF treatment (and at around 31% for patients under the age of 35), and using donor eggs was found to increase these chances to above 25%. 

How Much Does Donor Egg IVF Cost?

IVF using donor eggs may cost anywhere in the region of £8,950 or more in the UK, depending on whether you have chosen to use fresh or frozen donor eggs, and whether you have chosen to use donor sperm or a partner’s sperm. If you are using a donor egg and sperm cells, the cost of the treatment may cover some of their needs as well.

At City Fertility, with this price you will be receiving a two blastocyst guarantee, meaning that you should receive at least two embryos in the blastocyst stage. In the case that you receive only one blastocyst and this doesn’t result in a pregnancy, you will be entitled to a refund of £1,000. If you do not receive any blastocysts from the treatment and you don’t become pregnant, then you will be entitled to a repeat cycle completely free of charge. 

Our egg donor coordinator will always discuss prices and payment options with you before treatment begins. If you would like to see a full list of what you will receive with the cost of an egg donor IVF treatment cycle at our fertility clinic in London, please see our price list


Contact Us to Book a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about IVF and egg donation before you decide if this is the right treatment option for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to set up a consultation at our private clinic in London, UK, so you can find out everything you need to know.

There is no waiting list prior to treatment if you do decide that our clinic is the one for you, and there will only be a period of a few short weeks for preparation and synchronisation with the most suitable donor. Alternatively, you may be able to start treatment even sooner if you opt to receive eggs from our vitrified egg bank.

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