Egg Donation in London
Give the gift of life today. Egg donors are unique and remarkable people, enabling many couples to achieve their dream of a family of their own. If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, our egg donation clinics in London and Canterbury will ensure the procedure is as safe, easy and convenient as possible.
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Becoming an Egg Donor
Why Become a Donor?
For thousands of people in the UK, egg donation is their only hope of having a baby. There are several reasons why a woman might not be able to use her own eggs, including premature infertility, if she has had cancer treatment or gone through the menopause early, or if her children are at risk of inheriting a serious genetic disease. Same-sex male couples will also need the help of an egg donor to create their family through surrogacy.
There remains a shortage of egg donors in the UK, and more and more recipients require the help of an egg donor in order to create their families.
The CRGH Egg Bank is fortunate to be able to help many of our patients on the journey into parenthood. We need your help so we can continue to be able to provide everyone with the opportunity to become a parent.
The Egg Donation Process with CRGH
We pride ourselves on the fact that we have been helping people to become parents via egg donation since CRGH first opened, over 30 years ago.
Once you have decided to become an egg donor, we will anonymously match you with a recipient. Your donation then allows that recipient to create a family of their own.
Our excellent success rates improve the prospect of your eggs helping someone create their family, and our dedicated donation team will be on hand to guide you every step of the way throughout the process.
How Does Egg Donation Work?
Chat with our donation team
The donation process starts with a short telephone call with a member of our dedicated and friendly donation team. We will ask you about some initial information and explain the process in more detail to answer any questions you might have.
You will then meet with our lead egg donation consultant via video call, who will talk you more about the medical process involved in egg donation. This is another opportunity for you to ask any questions. The consultant will also explain the tests and investigations required before we can help you become an egg donor.
Before starting any donation process you have a short call with one of our specialist fertility counsellors who will explore the emotional implication of egg donation with you. This is a great opportunity to ask about non-clinical aspects of egg donation and ensure you’re happy to proceed.
Blood tests and investigations
Some blood tests and investigations will be required to ensure you are able to donate eggs. These typically include an Ovarian Reserve Test. There are lots of additional tests which our doctors can also recommend should it be appropriate, all of which will be conducted completely free of charge.
Once your test results are back you will meet with your consultant to discuss what the results mean for you. During this meeting, your consultant will also confirm a ‘donation plan’ based on these results.
This meeting with one of our specialised donation nurses marks the start of treatment itself. Your nurse will explain the different steps of treatment, how and when to take your medication and answer any other questions you might have.
Most donors will undergo a course of medication and monitoring which will help ensure the best possible results. During this period you will have regular scans and blood tests to ensure your body is responding correctly, and your medication will be changed accordingly to ensure the best possible results.
Having monitored your blood and scan results closely throughout stimulation, your consultant will decide on the optimal time to collect your eggs. Egg collection usually happens vaginally, under light sedation in our theatre.
After donating your eggs you’ll need to return 3 months later to complete a simple blood test to comply with the HFEA post-quarantine screening requirements. You will then be be entitled to find out if any babies are born as a result, the year they’re born in, and whether they’re a boy or girl. You can also write a brief goodwill message, which can be given to those children when they turn 18. Most of all you can feel happy in the knowledge that you’ve just helped someone’s dream of a family come true.
Read the first-hand experience of one of our fantastic egg donors to find out what donating is like for the donor.Talk to us today to learn more
Who can donate?
To donate your eggs in the UK, you’ll need to:
• Be 18-35 years old
• Have no medical or genetic conditions or family history of inherited conditions
• Be a non-smoker
• Have a healthy body mass index
If you fit these criteria, you could be an eligible candidate for egg donation.
How much compensation will I receive for donating my eggs?
Compensation for egg donation procedures is strictly regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). It is illegal to pay an egg donor in the UK for anything other than their expenses.
This means you will receive up to £750 per egg donation cycle, which is a complete round of treatment culminating in the collection and donation of the eggs as well as the post-quarantine screening blood test. CRGH will cover all of your other medical costs.
Will my donation be anonymous?
Yes; the egg donor and egg recipient will never meet. All information given to the egg recipient will be non-identifying, but we try to match egg donor and recipient physical characteristics as closely as possible.
Information about the donor will be held at the central register with the HFEA and, at the age of 18, a person born as a result of embryo, egg or sperm donation will have access to identifying information about their donor.
Will I have any legal or financial duty to a child born from my donated eggs, or will I be eligible for parental responsibility?
In short, no. You will have zero legal or financial responsibility to any child that is conceived using your donated eggs, and the recipient cannot pursue child maintenance or any other payments from you.
You also will not have any parental responsibility or any say in how that child is raised.
The person who gives birth to the child is always considered the legal mother in UK law, even if they have used a donated egg.
How many times can I donate?
This will be a joint decision between you and the egg donation team. Egg donation laws in the UK currently limits each egg donor to creating no more than 10 families, but you can ask our team to limit the number of families created further if you would prefer.
What will happen if I change my mind?
We understand that donating your eggs is a big decision and you may subsequently change your mind. You are free to withdraw consent to your egg donation at any time until the embryos are used, and, before the process, you will have the opportunity to speak with one of our counsellors to make sure you’re emotionally ready to donate.