Our Egg Donation Programme
Our programme for egg donation in London is designed to offer you the comfort and understanding you need, while you undertake a process which can often be emotionally overwhelming. If you would like to begin the journey and expand your family, please get in touch with our London clinic today.
Below, we have gone into greater depth on what GENNET City Fertility can offer you with our first-class treatment programme.
What is Egg Donation?
Egg donation, also called ovarian egg donation, is when a person goes through part of the IVF process and allows for their eggs to be collected. These eggs may then be donated for use in someone else’s treatment, fertility research, or training.
In many cases, the egg donor will provide their donation to someone they know, such as a family member who is unable to conceive using their own eggs. This is also called known egg donation. Others may choose to donate to a member of the public, helping someone they don’t know to have the baby or even babies that they have been hoping for.
Receiving an Egg Donation in London
A donor may help to create up to 10 families as a result of their donations. Before we match you with a donor to help you have your baby (or babies), we will check the family slots each of our donors have available. If the donor is donating for the first time in the UK and through us, we will aim to create up to 3 families only.
You’ll be given as much non-identifying information about your donor as possible before the treatment, including some descriptions of physical and personal characteristics. Your donor will have also written a profile about themselves that you’ll be able to see.
You should also be aware that donors have the right to ask centres at any time how many children have been born as a result of the donation, the gender of the children, and the years of birth. This information is not private.
We’ll take you through a treatment planning consultation and a nurse consultation so that we can go over the details of your specific treatment protocol.
At this stage, you will also need to sign the required consent forms and attend GENNET City Fertility for ultrasound scans and blood tests to monitor the development of your endometrium (the lining of your womb). The exact number of scans will depend on your specific treatment plan and your perceived response to the stimulation medication. At the same time, your donor will also be receiving medication and careful monitoring to assess her response (in the case of treatment with fresh donor eggs, we might have already donor eggs frozen in our egg bank).
Your male partner (if applicable) will provide a sperm sample on the day of your donor’s egg collection, or your sperm donor’s sample will be taken from storage. You will then be contacted and informed of the outcome of the donor’s egg collection, fertilisation, and embryo development.
The Embryo Transfer
Fertilised eggs, which are referred to as embryos, will be transferred to your uterus between Day 3 and Day 5 after the egg collection. If there are any good quality embryos left over, these will be vitrified (frozen).
14 days after the egg collection has taken place, we’ll ask you to do a pregnancy blood test. You’ll also continue to receive aftercare and support from us throughout your treatment, with two supportive counselling sessions included in your treatment package.
You may also benefit from a few days’ rest and recuperation after the embryo transfer.
Contact Us Today for Egg Donation in London
We have no waiting list prior to treatment for egg donation and there will only be a short period of a few weeks for preparation of the recipient for treatment and synchronisation with the most suitable donor.
If you opt to have treatment using frozen eggs from our vitrified egg bank, there will be no need for synchronisation and you will be able to start your treatment even sooner. Our Egg Donation Coordinator will help you find a suitable, altruistic egg donor, whether from in London or further afield in the UK.
Donating Your Eggs
Thank you! If you are choosing to become an Egg Donor, you will be helping someone to fulfil their dream of becoming a parent and to have the children they’ve always wanted.
This act of kindness and generosity will help so many couples who require use of donor eggs for various reasons, including one of the intended parents going through chemotherapy, medical issues such as genetic disorders or premature menopause, or poor egg quality.
Our aim is to help all these patients to create a family of their own. More couples are seeking egg donation treatment than ever and we will need your support to continue to help these patients achieve their dreams and give them the opportunity to experience parenthood.
You will also receive a compensation of up to £750 per a cycle of donation as per the HFEA regulations and all medical costs connected with your donation will be covered by the clinic.
We have a dedicated team to guide you through the process and ensure you are well supported and informed. We also understand that you have responsibilities outside of your donation, so we will do what we can to accommodate this and will try to be flexible with examination times so that your schedule will not be interrupted.
Below, we have gone into greater depth on the process of donating your eggs.
Who Can Donate Eggs in the UK?
To donate your eggs to someone’s treatment, you usually have to be between the ages of 18 and 35. If you are older than this, the age limit may be overlooked in exceptional circumstances, such as if you are donating your eggs to a family member.
You will be required by law to give written consent to the use and storage of donated eggs and any embryos that are produced by them. If you are making a private donation to someone you know and you only want them to receive your eggs, this should also be stated in your consent form.
Are There any Other Criteria That Could Prevent Donation?
Apart from the health and age limit of the donor, there are other criteria which may prevent a donation from taking place, these include:
- A BMI lower than 19 or higher than 30
- Hereditary medical conditions
- A family history of hereditary diseases
- Failure to attend scheduled meetings and appointments
How to Donate Eggs in the UK at GENNET City Fertility
The whole process involves the full support of our Egg Donations team, so you don’t have to worry if there is anything you don’t understand at this stage.
When you choose to donate through our clinic, you will be asked to answer a series of questions before the process begins. We will also check your family history to assess eligibility in terms of inherited medical conditions, which ensures that you are suitable to make a donation.
Counselling will also routinely be offered at this time, so you will have a telephone or video counselling session with one of our fertility counsellors to understand the ethical, legal, and social implications of donating your eggs.
You will then have a consultation with the doctor who will go through the process with you and will answer any questions you may have.
Our Screening Tests in London
One of our nurses will perform some blood tests to screen for any potential infections (these may include HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and gonorrhoea) and hereditary conditions and to have your hormone profile taken, to make sure there are no difficulties in stimulating your ovaries.
We will also perform a basic genetic screening, which includes a karyotype and cystic fibrosis gene mutation screening. Any other genetic tests will be done based on a donor’s individual risk to specific conditions. These screening tests all help to minimise the risk of transmitting any genetic or infectious disease following donation, though we must state that it does not eliminate the risk entirely.
The nurse will guide you throughout the process, including filling in the necessary consent forms or booking your appointments for monitoring scans. There will be around three to four scans in total.
You will also get to write a goodwill message for the child born from your donation.
The process you will undergo to donate your eggs will include taking hormone injections from Day 2 of your bleed, which helps us to control the fertility process. Don’t worry about this, however, as the nurse will teach you how to take these.
You will then undergo a series of monitoring scans (around three or four) to check the follicles and to ensure they are growing as we would expect.
The stimulation lasts usually for 10 to 12 days. You will then get your last injection for the final maturation of the eggs. This is called the trigger injection.
The eggs (oocytes) are then collected under sedation. This is a procedure which takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes. You will recover quickly and will be allowed to go home two or three hours after the procedure.
The eggs that have been collected will then either be frozen for others’ use, or they may even sometimes be fertilised straightaway (if there is a recipient matched already).
After donating your eggs, you have a right to find out if any children are born, when this happened, and also the gender of the child. You should also relish in the feeling of immense satisfaction; you’ll have made such a huge difference in someone’s life and given them the joy of parenthood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Get Paid for Donating Eggs?
The law will permit fertility centres and clinics to pay egg donors up to £750 per cycle of egg donation. This is normally used to cover travel expenses, as well as any childcare costs that have incurred during the egg donation treatment on the day of egg collection.
Other than this, it is illegal to pay for egg donation in the UK.
If You Donate Your Eggs Can You Still Get Pregnant?
Yes. The average ovarian reserve will have around 300,000 eggs by the time a person has reached puberty, with only 300-400 of these being used over their lifetime. As such, it is perfectly possible for a person to donate eggs from their ovarian reserve that would otherwise never be used. This means you can still get pregnant, even after donating multiple eggs.
Are There Legal Implications to Donating Eggs?
Legally, donating your eggs is similar to donating blood or sperm. Once you have made your donation and the resulting embryos have been used for treatment, you will have no legal rights to or responsibilities for the embryos or children that are the result of your donation. The recipient of the egg (the person who will be pregnant) will therefore be the legal parent of any baby or babies that are born as a result of the treatment.
To find out more about your rights and how private information that could identify a donor is kept, please click here.
Can Donors Change Their Mind?
You will have the option to change your mind up until just before the embryo transfer. However, the information, selection, and counselling processes should be sufficiently thorough before this point, so if you have any doubts you will always be able to withdraw your offer before the process reaches this stage.