Faster Recipient Matching – IVF with Donor Eggs


Learn how we're matching patients to egg donors more quickly than ever.

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There are lots of reasons why you might need donated eggs in your fertility treatment, and it’s important that you are able to find those donated eggs as quickly as possible so you can move forward in the process without delay. We’re proud to announce a new partnership which is exclusively benefitting CRGH patients and ensuring we can help you find donated eggs more quickly than ever before. 


Who needs donated eggs?

The demand for donated eggs in the UK has increased significantly over recent years. The reasons for needing donated eggs varies for each individual, but some of the most common reasons include: 

  • Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (P.O.I) which is where someone does not produce the required number or quality of eggs themselves in order to be able to conceive easily. 
  • Recurrent miscarriage. If someone has suffered three or more miscarriages, their consultant may recommend that they consider donated eggs. 
  • Same sex and solo parents. Donated eggs ensure everyone has the opportunity to start a family of their own.
  • People with diminished ovarian reserve due to age or medical conditions and treatment. As we age, our ovarian reserve and quality diminishes, making it less easy to conceive. Similarly, some treatments such as chemotherapy can cause a reduction in ovarian reserve. 


How is CRGH matching recipients with donors more quickly than ever?


To ensure as many people as possible are able to find a suitable donor and create a family of their own, we have created a new partnership which gives CRGH patients exclusive access to eggs donated at a leading clinic in Finland (called Ovumia).


While the availability of donated eggs in the UK is limited, our partner clinic in Finland has a hugely successful egg donation program. In Finland, Egg Donation is a really popular and relatively common act of kindness, thought of in a similar way to donating blood. This progressive attitude to donating eggs means there is an ample supply of donated eggs, to which CRGH patients now have access. 


While there are lots of factors that determine exactly how long a recipient will need to wait for donated eggs, indications are that this new approach to egg donation is reducing the waiting time for all CRGH recipients. Some of our first recipients of Finnish donor eggs were matched in around two weeks – ensuring they could move forward with treatment in a time frame which suited them. 


How does the treatment process differ with Finnish donor eggs?


Our intention was to ensure our new egg donation partnership is as simple for our patients as possible. With that in mind, we’ve kept the treatment process as similar as possible to our existing and very successful IVF with Donor Eggs process. Treatment always starts with an initial consultation, usually followed by some tests and investigations. The primary difference for patients making use of Finnish donated eggs is that the sperm being used will be frozen here at CRGH and transported to Finland. Once in Finland the sperm will be used to create embryos with the donated eggs, which are then frozen and shipped back to CRGH for storage or transfer. 


One of the best things about the way in which this new partnership has been created is that all communication is via CRGH, ensuring a smooth and efficient process throughout. Prices are also the same regardless of whether a patient chooses eggs donated in Finland or the UK. 


How can I learn more about becoming an Egg Recipient at CRGH? 


If you’re interested in treatment with donor eggs at CRGH you are entitled to a free of charge appointment with one of our expert consultants. During this appointment the consultant can answer any questions you might have and help explain the process in more detail. 


Simply fill out the form below and our team will be glad to give you a call to help arrange that appointment. You can also read more about treatment with donor eggs on our treatment page. 

Learn more about becoming an Egg Recipient

Complete the form and our team will get in touch to arrange a conversation with one of our specialists completely free of charge.

Our consultants are experts at understanding your previous medical and fertility history, as well as your future goals.