Reasons to consider donor eggs:
- You have reduced ovarian reserve
- You are gone through the menopause – this can happen earlier than usual in some women and is called premature ovarian failure (POF)
- You have had your ovaries removed
- You have failed to get pregnant after a number of rounds of IVF using your own eggs
- You have a history of recurrent miscarriage
- You have a genetic disorder which could be passed on to your children
What’s involved in using donor eggs?
Using donor eggs involves receiving eggs from another person who has undergone IVF.
The eggs are fertilised either with sperm from your partner or donor sperm. Your womb lining is thickened with hormone medication, and your cycle is synchronised with that of the egg donor. This prepares your womb to receive the embryos.
The eggs are fertilised using IVF and grown to the blastocyst stage. Then a single blastocyst is transferred into your womb.
Types of egg donation
There are two types of egg donation:
- Known donation– this is where you know the person who is donating the eggs, who may be a family member or friend
- Unknown donation– the Agora has an egg donor programme using both altruistic donors and egg-sharers. Although it is called ‘unknown donation’ it is no longer anonymous since a change in the law in 2005. This means that children born as a result of egg or sperm donation in the UK have the right to access identifiable information about their donor once they reach the age of 18.
If you would like to join the egg donation waiting list, there is a £300 fee, which is non-refundable
Some of our patients prefer to go abroad, where egg donation remains completely anonymous. We have links with clinics in Cyprus and Spain.
Laura is our egg donation coordinator. Here she discusses the egg donation and egg sharing process, and answers some common questions.