Every year there are thousands of people whose only chance of a baby is through either egg or sperm donation. Being an egg donor is an incredible act, as you will be giving an amazing gift, helping other people become parents.
We always welcome egg donors, as there is a waiting list for donor eggs. Your donation happens over just a few weeks – this temporary change in lifestyle could mean a whole new future for people who need donor eggs, and can’t have children without your help.
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, please email email@example.com
At Boston Place Clinic there are two different types of egg donor:
Egg donors need to fit the following criteria:
In the UK it is possible to create up to 10 families through egg donation. Of course, you will need to consider the emotional impact your donation could have on your own children or any potential children you may have.
You will be required to attend the clinic at designated times and these appointments are important, so there may be a temporary impact on your lifestyle. The process is explained in more detail in How It Works.
Altruistic donors give eggs to a woman (recipient) they don’t know, to be mixed with a partner’s sperm, or donor sperm, and used in IVF/ICSI treatment. Women who want to donate will undergo screening tests to make sure there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a donor. Before the eggs are used, they’ll be matched with the recipient’s physical characteristics, i.e. hair colour, build etc. It’s an anonymous process: the donor and the recipient won’t know each other’s identities.
You can read about what happens when you decide to donate your eggs below, in the Egg Donor Journey (place-on-page link).
Known egg donors donate eggs to someone they know. They should fit the criteria for altruistic egg donors.
Our altruistic eggs donors make several visits to the clinic over the course of a few weeks. This includes a consultation and consent appointments at the start of the process, monitoring during stimulation and the egg collection procedure itself. Donors can receive expenses of up to £750 for undergoing the process, and the time it takes to travel and attend appointments.
For known egg donors there is no remuneration offered by the clinic. The recipient can offer expenses to their donor, but they must comply with the maximum expenses outlined by the HFEA, in the same way that the clinic would with an altruistic donor.
Your journey as an egg donor is similar in many ways to the first part of a standard IVF cycle journey, which you can see here. Here is the process in brief, to give you an idea of what to expect.
Preliminary tests and consultations
To make sure you are able to donate we need to check some blood and urine samples to screen for infectious diseases and some genetic tests. We will also check a blood AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) level and an internal ultrasound scan to try and see if your ovaries are likely to produce eggs for donation.
We will also discuss your medical history and genetic history to make sure there is no reason why you shouldn’t donate your eggs. We’ll also discuss how the egg donation process works in a bit more detail.
In addition you will have a meeting with one of our nurses to go through your consent forms for donation and to show you how to give your injections.
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask any questions regarding your treatment at these appointments.
To discuss the implications and social aspects of donating your eggs, so that you can make a fully informed decision (see our counselling page).
The process begins when your period starts, and you call the clinic to let us know. Your treatment may be coordinated with the recipient so your eggs can be used ‘fresh’, or it may start straight away so that they can be frozen.
You start taking medication that stimulates your ovaries as instructed. You’ll attend the clinic 3-4 times over two weeks for scans, and possibly blood tests, to monitor your response to the medication.
Once your follicles are ready, the stimulation period ends with an injection that matures the eggs in the follicles, ready for egg collection. This happens 36-40 hours before the egg collection procedure.
The appointment to collect the eggs will take place 36-40 hours after the trigger injection. The procedure takes about half an hour, and you’ll be given drugs to make you sleepy during the procedure (sedation). With the help of a scan probe, a very fine needle is passed through the vaginal wall and into the ovary to collect the eggs. You can go home the same day, after a short rest at the clinic. You’ll need someone to pick you up; you mustn’t drive for the rest of the day, because of the sedation.
Your final expenses will be reimbursed after your final visit to the clinic. We and our patients are hugely grateful to our egg donors, who make the dream of a family possible.
“Becoming an egg donor was an easy choice for me. I had been blessed with 3 wonderful children & I wanted to help others less fortunate experience something many of us take for granted. I have donated twice now & plan to donate again in the future as I found the process to not only be easy and straightforward, but also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.”
“The opportunity to help somebody have a precious and long awaited child through donating eggs was an experience I was honoured to be a part of.”