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How the egg donation process works

If you are considering donating your eggs, it is likely you are unsure how the process works. In this step-by-step guide, we provide all the information you should need before becoming a donor.

Read on to find out the timescales involved, as well as information on the different appointments you will need to attend, and much more.

Step One: Apply to donate

To become an egg donor, you must complete this short application form. We will then review the details you have provided and contact you by email within two days to confirm if you are suitable to proceed further.

In order to donate your eggs, you must be aged between 18 and 35 and be in good health with no serious genetic or hereditary medical conditions. You will also need to know, or be able to find out your family’s medical history.

Step Two: Initial appointment and testing

If you meet all of the required eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend an initial appointment, where we will discuss what’s involved in becoming an egg donor. We will take a sample of your blood to test your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level and a urine sample to test for nicotine, as egg donors must be non-smokers.

The following day, we will contact you with your results. If there are no problems identified, you will be invited to meet with a consultant,a counsellor, and booked in for further screening tests.

Step Three: Consultation and counselling

During your next appointment, you will see one of our consultants to discuss your medical history, along with that of your family.

This is also when you will speak to one of our counsellors to discuss the legal aspects and other implications involved in becoming an egg donor. You are invited to bring a partner along to this appointment, if you wish. You will also undergo further blood screening along with an ultrasound scan

We will get back in touch with you once your results have been obtained, which will be around four weeks later. If your screening results are acceptable, you will be registered as a donor with the HFEA and we can look for potential matches for your eggs.

Step Four: Preparation

At this stage we ask you to write a pen picture and a goodwill message to help us find a suitable recipient for your donation.

Once you are matched, we will carefully plan the donation process and synchronise your cycle with the recipient. We will also invite you to a preparation appointment where you will learn to self administer the required medication once ovarian stimulation is due to commence. 

Step Five: Monitoring

Once your cycle has begun, we will monitor you very closely.  In the final two weeks of this period we will ask you to come to the clinic for a scan and a blood test, so that we can ensure your ovaries are responding well and also anticipate when your eggs will be ready for collection.  

Step Six: Egg collection

When your eggs have been identified as mature enough, you will be invited to the clinic for egg collection. This procedure will take place in the morning, under light sedation and does not require an overnight stay. We will tell you how many eggs we have been able to retrieve and you will be able to go home after a short period of rest and a checkup.

Step Seven: Compensation

As an egg donor, you will receive £750 for each donation cycle, which is intended to compensate you for your time and expenses whilst donating your eggs to us.  We will arrange a payment once your donation has been made. 

What to know more?

For more information about the egg donation process, please contact our friendly team by calling 0161 300 2730 (option 3), or refer to our FAQ section for answers to any questions you may have.

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