Introduction

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 on a self-funded basis 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

Criteria

In order to become an egg-share donor women are required to:

  • be under 36 years of age on the day of egg collection
  • be within a healthy weight range, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of ideally less than 30 and no more than 35
  • be a non-smoker
  • have personal or family inherited illness disability
  • normal hormone level follicle stimulating hormone (fsh), as assessed by blood test and reasonable number of antral follicles at diagnostic scan (>/= 10). These are predictors of your ovarian response to medication, and subsequently your ability to produce eggs
  • screen negative for certain infections and genetic diseases


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What is involved?

Before being accepted as a donor

You will be sent an information video to watch in the comfort of your own home. The video will have information about what the treatment involves and implications of donating your eggs. You will be sent a questionnaire to complete which informs us about your current health, lifestyle and your family medical history up to grandparents on both paternal and maternal sides of your family.

Donating

Following the IVF treatment, if fourteen 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 less number of eggs 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.

HFEA

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.

Donor 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

  • You will not be told the identity of the recipients of your eggs
  • You have no legal right of access to, or parental or financial responsibility for, any children resulting from your egg donation
  • You will be able to find out how many children are born the year of their birth and the sex of the child, as a result of your donation
  • You may be contacted in the future by people over the age of 18 born as a result of your donation
  • You have a right to withdraw from the donation process at any stage before the embryos created from your eggs are transferred to the recipient

Costs

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Contact Us

If you would like further information, please contact the Donor Programme Team at gram.afcdonation@nhs.scot 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. For additional information regarding egg donation you may find the Seed (sperm, egg and embryo donation) website helpful.