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.

Donors are people from all walks of life who meet certain criteria - there is no such thing as a standard donor. What they have in common is a desire to give the gift of life and help people to achieve the family they otherwise could not have.

The donor programme team will support you through the process every step of the way and are happy to answer any queries you may have. You can them via e-mail at gram.afcdonation@nhs.scot.

Following websites will be a useful start-

The Sperm Egg and Embryo Donation trust - SEED Trust

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Egg Donation

There are many reasons why some women require donor eggs for example following ovarian failure or premature (early) menopause, cancer treatments, hereditary disease or following failed IVF treatment. You can give someone the greatest gift. The gift of life and opportunity to create the family they so want.

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Sperm Donation

In about half of all couples affected, their fertility problems are with the male partner. Either no sperm are produced, or those that are produced are not capable of fertilising an egg. Therefore they may consider using donor sperm. You can give someone the greatest gift. The gift of life and opportunity to create the family they so want.

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Embryo Donation

The help to start a family for some people may be needed from an egg and a sperm donor. In such cases embryo donation may be a consideration. Donated embryos are those that have originally been created for a couple, using their own (or donor) sperm and eggs, and frozen to be stored for their future use. If a couple decide they no longer wish to use these embryos themselves, they may choose to donate them for use by others.

Recipient Perspectives

Without yourselves and the kindness of donors we wouldn't have our family. It's hard to put in to words the feeling of completeness that we both feel, I always felt my life was lacking in some way but having my daughter and now another on the way has fulfilled me and enriched our lives beyond belief.

We understand that the process of donation isn't straight forward, and as a result appreciate the generosity of anyone willing to donate eggs all the more. We've been on the waiting list for 4 years. Due to our fertility problems being as a result of cancer treatment we've always known that egg donation was the only treatment which would give us the chance to be parents.