Egg Recipient

We are very pleased to announce that currently at CRGH we have no waiting list for those who would like to be matched with caucasian egg donors.

Some women are unable to have children because they are unable to produce eggs. This can occur for numerous reasons, including poorly developed ovaries, premature menopause, previous surgery or chemotherapy. For these women, IVF using donated eggs offers their only chance of becoming pregnant. In egg donation, the donated eggs are fertilised by the recipient’s partner’s sperm (where appropriate), or the donor’s sperm. The embryo is then implanted into the woman’s uterus.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs about using donor eggs in your treatment

1) How does the process work?

  • Your first appointment will be an initial consultation with one of our Doctors to review your medical history
  • You will also be scheduled to meet the Egg Recipient Coordinator to discuss the programme and any tests which you will be required to undertake.
  • You will need to see a Counsellor (affiliated with CRGH)
  • The matching process will commence once all tests are clear
  • Once a donor is identified and agreed you will be required to see a Doctor to discuss your treatment plan
  • After your consultation with the doctor, you will have a consultation with one of our nurses to complete your screening tests and consents so that you can commence your treatment


2) Why should I choose the CRGH ovum recipient programme?

We have been helping patients to become parents using donated eggs since the inception of CRGH.  
Our clinic has one of the best success rates. Our statistics show that we have 45% -50% live birth rate per embryo transfer, and around 43% live birth rate per thaw cycle started in ladies having treatment with frozen donor eggs between 2010 and 2015.


3) What is the age limit for having treatment at your clinic?

The age limit for egg recipients at CRGH is 50 years old before the start of their treatment


4) What information would you be able to provide to me regarding the donor?

As guided by the HFEA we will only be able to provide unidentifiable information, this includes: colour of eyes/hair, texture of hair, weight, height, nationality, skin complexion, basic medical history and occupation (if available).  However; we cannot provide a photo or demographic details about the donor.


5) Is the donation process anonymous?

We are regulated by the HFEA so all of our donors go through investigations and testing before treatment commences.  CRGH will hold information on the donor and abide by the Data Protection Act 1998. The donor remains anonymous to the parents. However, any child born as a result of egg donation can request, from the HFEA, non identifying information about the donor at the age of 16 and identifying information at the age of 18.


6) Do the donors have any legal claim to future children?

The donor will not be the legal parent or have any obligation to any child born as a result of a donation, they will not be named on the birth certificate, they will not be asked to support the child financially nor do they have any rights over how the child will be brought up. The woman who gives birth is the legal mother of the child.  For more information on legal rights please go onto the HFEA website:


7) How do you source your donors?

CRGH works with several well-established UK donor agencies.  All our donors are seen by one of our Doctors and receive egg donation treatment in our clinic as well as go through counselling before commencement of treatment.  Their eggs are frozen and stored in our egg bank and we work on frozen eggs that are ready for treatment.


8) Can I source my own egg donor?

Yes. You may source your own egg donor. The donor must be seen at CRGH to have her medical history and investigations/screening tests done, at your expense, before proceeding with treatment. The donor will also have to attend a counselling session with one of our fertility counsellors.


9) How long will I wait?

There is no waiting period for booking your initial consultation. Once you have had your consultation the wait is usually 2-3 weeks to be matched with a donor, depending on the characteristics matching process.


10) How much will the egg donation process cost?

There are various factors that contribute to the cost of your cycle.  Your treatment can be discussed during your Initial Consultation with a Doctor which can be booked via our Call Centre on 0207 837 2905 or emailing  Once a plan is agreed the costs can be discussed with a member of our Accounts department.


11) How can I be sure that CRGH egg donors will produce good results?

We always say that there are no guarantees in medicine, just as there are no guarantees in life! That said we take great precautions in selecting donors for our Egg Donation programme. You can be assured that all our donors go through screening tests and checked for any known medical problem in the family.  All donors are younger than 35 years and most are in their twenties.


12) How many eggs will I receive from a donor?

This will depend on the number of eggs collected from a donor as each patient/procedure is different.  We offer a minimum of 6 to 7 eggs but there are opportunities to select smaller/larger numbers which can be discussed with a Consultant.


13) Do donors have consultations at CRGH?

Yes, all of our donors meet with our Consultant specialising in Egg Donation as well as a Nurse to go through all the necessary forms and tests before treatment can commence. All donors are also offered counselling with a fertility counsellor.


14) How do you verify your donor’s information?

Before approving their application every donor is required to provide proof of personal identification as well as go through a number of health checks/tests.


15) What type of screening do egg donors go through?

Besides the clinical assessment based on personal and family history, a donor will also undergo an ultrasound scan and blood test to assess ovarian reserve. In addition, they will be screened for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and genetic screening for karyotype (chromosome test) and cystic fibrosis. Some donors may require further investigations based on their ethnic origin, such as screening for Thalassaemia (Mediterranean, Asian or non-northern European), Sickle Cell (Asian or Afro-Caribbean) and Tay Sachs (Jewish).


16) What are egg recipient screening tests?

Egg recipient screening will consist but may not be exhaustive of the following: HIV 1 & 2, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis Surface Antigen, Rubella, Blood Group, Full blood count, Thyroid, Cytomegalovirus exposure (CMV), Syphilis, Gonorrhoea/Chlamydia and HVS. It is also mandatory for couples/ladies having treatment to have a counselling session with one of our fertility counsellors.


17) What happens if I am not happy with the donor offered?

After being offered a donor, the egg recipient team will give you few days to take a decision whether you are keen to proceed with treatment with the offered donor eggs. In case you refuse the donor, your name will remain on the waiting list and we will try to offer you another match as soon as we can. The time needed to offer the second match cannot be confirmed as it depends on the availability of the donor characteristics required. This also depends on the reason for refusing, to make sure that your preferences are available on our donor database.


18) Does donors’ genetic testing preclude any genetic condition that the child might develop in the future?

There no way that genetic testing can be comprehensive. The tests performed will lower the possibility of transmitting the conditions tested (ex: Cystic fibrosis). This will not exclude the possibility of a child having a genetic or congenital anomaly, although the chances are rare.


19) Are egg donors paid?

Egg donors are entitled to a maximum of £750 per donation to cover their expenses as per HFEA regulations.


20) Why does CRGH use frozen donor eggs?

At CRGH we offer both fresh and frozen donor eggs. With the advanced technology of egg freezing and the good pregnancy rates achieved, we can offer recipients donor eggs from our donor bank. This allows recipients to start their treatment without delays.


21) What is egg sharing?

Egg sharing is when a lady having fertility treatment (IVF) shares part of her eggs with someone else.


22) Do you do egg sharing at CRGH?

CRGH does not offer egg sharing.


23) Who is counselled to have treatment using donor eggs?

Egg Recipients can be for couples or single women. Couples generally choose to use donor eggs because they are unable to conceive a child with the female partner’s eggs. There are many reasons why women may not be able to conceive with their own eggs, some of these reasons include older age, early menopause, poor quality of eggs or previous cancer treatments that have damaged the ovaries.

If you’d like to know more about Egg Recipient Treatment at CRGH, please contact our egg recipient co-ordinator on 0207 837 2905, or email

NHS Funding for Fertility Care

CRGH is an NHS approved centre and funding may be available for some patients. You will need to meet certain criteria and be referred to us by your GP. Please call or email us for further information.
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