Becoming an Egg Donor
The gift of egg donation and egg sharing helps to make other people’s parenting journeys come true.
We always welcome enquiries from altruistic egg donors and egg sharers.
If you are thinking about egg donation, you need to be a non-smoker aged between 18 and 35 and have:
- Good general health
- No history of mental health disorders
- No history of inherited diseases
- Ideally, you should have already completed your family
What’s involved in donating eggs?
- All donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire about their health and to have an ovarian reserve assessment which includes a pelvic ultrasound scan and blood tests
- You will then need a consultation with one of our doctors to assess your health and medical and family history
- You need to be healthy and not be on any regular medication for chronic illness
- You should not have any family history of inherited diseases or mental illness
- You need to have a normal ovarian reserve assessment with an AMH > 12 pmol/l
- We offer counselling to all our egg donors to make sure they understand – and are happy about – the implications of donating
- We can also help you access appropriate legal advice.
Laura is our egg donation coordinator. Here she discusses the egg donation and egg sharing process, and answers some common questions.
Donating Eggs – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Egg Donation and Egg Sharing
- Egg donation is when a woman goes through part of the IVF process in order to have some of her eggs collected, which she can then donate to someone else’s treatment, fertility research or training.
- Egg sharing is when a woman who is already having IVF donates some of her eggs to the clinic where she’s having treatment, usually in return for some free or discounted treatment.
How do I start the process?
Before you become an egg donor, we’ll also ask you to have some genetic tests and an infection screen to ensure you don’t have any genetic or infectious conditions that might be passed on to a child conceived using your eggs.
During your consultation, the doctor will explain the treatment process, including any risks or potential side-effects involved.
The treatment is similar to IVF, except it finishes once the eggs have been collected. Your donated eggs are then fertilised using either the sperm of the recipient’s partner or with donor sperm. The resulting embryos are transferred to the recipient’s womb.
Do I get paid for donating my eggs?
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allows payment of £750 to egg donors to cover any expenses incurred.