Some women require eggs donated by another in order to get pregnant. The availability of egg donors is variable and for that reason we are providing the opportunity to women who are about to undergo assisted conception treatment to consider sharing their eggs with another woman (recipient). In return, you can expect a reduced treatment cost for your IVF or ICSI treatment cycle. Not all women are suitable to be egg share donors.
Recipients of the eggs may need them for a number of reasons e.g. ovarian failure or premature (early) menopause, cancer treatments, hereditary disease or following failed IVF treatment
In order to become an egg-share donor women are required to:
If you would like further information, please contact the Donor Programme Team on 01224 553101 (option 4) and inform them that you are interested in becoming an egg share donor. If you meet the above criteria, you will be sent an information pack and an appointment for you and your partner (if applicable) to meet with a member of the medical team.
Before being accepted as a donor
You will be invited to attend an initial personal consultation at a mutually convenient time to discuss the implications of donating eggs as an egg share donor. We will discuss your current health, lifestyle and your family medical history up to grandparents on both paternal and maternal sides of your family. A diagnostic scan will be undertaken at this appointment.
Should you meet the criteria to become an egg share donor, and you wish to proceed, further appointments will be arranged to have additional screening tests including blood test and vaginal swabs, you will also meet with the independent counsellor to explore the implications of donating your eggs.
Following the IVF treatment if eight or more eggs are collected, then they are randomly shared between yourself and the recipient. If an even number of eggs is collected, each will receive half; if an odd number of eggs is collected, the additional egg will be allocated to you.
We make every effort to ensure a good response to stimulation, however, this cannot be guaranteed. In the event of only seven eggs being retrieved you will be entitled to keep all of the eggs at the agreed cost of the treatment cycle. The recipient cycle will be cancelled and they will be prioritised for matching with the next suitable donor.
The Aberdeen Fertility Centre is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority which sets standards for all UK fertility centres. Please visit www.hfea.gov.uk for further information.
Recipients may be given non-identifying information about their donors if they request it. People born as a result of donation will be able to find out the identity of their donor when they reach the age of 18 if they wish.
As a donor
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If you think you could help by becoming an egg share donor please get in touch with the Donor Programme Team. Alternatively you can discuss this with medical staff during your IVF consultation.
For additional information regarding egg donation you may find the National Gamete Donation Trust website useful www.ngdt.co.uk