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How Much Does it Cost to Donate Eggs in the UK?
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2022-08-22

How Much Does it Cost to Donate Eggs in the UK?

These are some of the questions that often get asked before any patient decides on making a donation, and we are determined to answer them here at GENNET City Fertility. Read on to learn more about the costs involved with donating eggs,  as well as what you can expect when you decide to do something truly wonderful by starting someone else on the journey to parenthood.

How Much Will an Egg Donor Pay to Donate Eggs?

You will not have to pay to donate eggs in the UK. The examination and blood tests that a patient will need to undergo will be free of charge, and they’ll even be able to get the results of their tests to use for anything else they need.

If you would like to learn more about our process for becoming an egg donor at GENNET City Fertility, please see our page and take a look at the steps you could soon be going through on the journey to helping someone else become a parent.

Can You Sell Your Eggs in the UK?

It is illegal to pay for eggs in this country, so you should never find someone offering to pay you a certain amount of money to make a donation. Similarly, you should never offer to sell your eggs to the highest bidder, as this is also against the law. The overall process of egg donation in the UK is tightly regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), and ensures that all donations are made with altruism in mind rather than financial incentives.

This is in contrast with countries such as the United States of America, which allows egg donors to set their own prices for making a donation. On average, a first time egg donor in the USA will be paid somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000, and someone who is making a donation for a second time may be paid $12,000. 

Can You Get Egg Donor Compensation?

Legally, fertility clinics and centres are permitted to offer a set amount of financial compensation to egg donors. This can be up to £750 per donation cycle. Normally, the intention of this is to cover travel expenses and childcare costs that have incurred during the treatment, specifically on the day of egg collection.

This money is not provided for donors in order to pay them for their eggs, as the egg donation process in the UK is done freely and generously, with altruism in mind and the thought of helping someone else form the family they’ve always wanted. Instead, the £750 you would be given per cycle is compensation for your time, effort, and the commitment you’ve shown to a noble cause. 

The HFEA capped this price in 2011, in order to ensure that there would never be the possibility of great financial reward for potential donors, while still making sure the compensation offered fairly reflected the procedures and processes involved in the treatment. Centres may compensate donors with an excess amount in cases where expenses (such as childcare, travel and accommodation) exceeds the amount specified by the HFEA directions.

 This is in line with HFEA Directions, which state that a donor may be compensated with a fixed amount to cover financial losses incurred.

What Happens During the Egg Donation Process?

The egg retrieval process will be carried out using the same procedures as the early stages of an IVF treatment cycle:

1. You will be asked to take an injectable medication that enables the recruitment of a large number of follicles and increases the chance of retrieving a large number of eggs. Another specific medication will then be given to suppress or control natural female hormones that ensure the effectiveness of the process. You will be able to continue with your normal daily routine during this stage.

2. You will need to attend between three and four ultrasound scans to check how the follicles are developing and to ensure your safety during the process.

3. A day or so before the egg collection procedure is due to take place, you will be given one final hormonal injection. This helps the eggs to mature and prepares them for retrieval.

4. The egg collection will be carried out. Under sedation this is done vaginally, under ultrasound guidance, and you will be sedated for approximately 20 minutes it should take in order to keep the process free from pain or discomfort.

It is completely natural for you to feel sore and bruised after donating eggs. You will normally need about two days off work in order to complete a donation, with one of those days set aside for the egg collection process and the other to take some time to rest and relax afterwards. There shouldn’t be any reason to take time off work after this, unless you don’t feel up to it.

Changing Your Mind

You will always have the option to change your mind, if you decide that you would rather not donate your eggs after all. You’ll be able to change your mind at any time about the use of donated eggs up to the point of embryo transfer for the recipient. This will also apply to any “surplus” embryos resulting from a donation that you’ve made that has been frozen for potential use in the future.

Counselling will also be routinely offered throughout the egg donation process, so you will always be supported in any decision you make.

Potential Side Effects of Donating Eggs

In most cases, donating eggs is a very safe procedure and will not have any side effects beyond soreness the day after the egg collection has taken place. However, in some rare cases, there may be side effects that have to be addressed. These may include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), which may happen if a patient is sensitive to the fertility drugs used in the female hormone stimulation, the chance of pelvic infections and injury to organs like the bowel and bladder.

You will be given all the advice and written information you need on what to expect from an egg donation procedure when you come to our clinic, as well as a 24 hour phone number that you will be able to call if you feel that there may be a problem. If anything seems out of the ordinary during the process or after the retrieval, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Becoming a Donor Through GENNET City Fertility

If you would like to learn more about our process for becoming an egg donor, or even if you know that you are ready to help someone achieve their dream of having a family, contact us today. There is no waiting list prior to treatment for female egg donation and there will only be a few short weeks before we are able to match you with the most suitable intended parent.

It won’t be long before you are able to make the free, wonderfully charitable donation that will change someone’s life forever.

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