Become An Egg Donor

An award-winning expert donor team with over 35 years' experience caring for egg donors.

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At Manchester Donors, we see first-hand the emotions that potential families with fertility issues go through. That’s why we’re proud to work with people who wanted to become egg donors and help others conceive. These women are nothing short of heroes. They come to us from all walks of life, and we’re honoured to support them on their journey to become an egg donor.

With your donation, another family could be blessed with the opportunity to create life and change their own. Could you help to provide this gift of life? Get in touch today if this sounds like you and you could help by becoming a donor.

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What types of egg donors are there?

Our egg donors come from all walks of life, with the same desire to help other potential families and have something in common - great kindness, empathy, and commitment to giving the gift of life. All these amazing women are committed to help create life. With our help, they’ve been able to act on their altruism and give others the ability to become a parent.

Who can be an egg donor?

To be an egg donor you have to meet the following criteria set out by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) and Manchester Donors:

Aged between 18 and 35

Statistically after the age of 35 the eggs in the ovary start to be produced at a lower number, For this reason, the HFEA states that women who donate eggs must do so before their 36th birthday.

Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 19 and 32

If you have a BMI over 32, you might not respond to the stimulation in a safe way, therefore putting yourself at a greater risk. The same is true for women with a very low BMI, who are therefore also unable to donate.

Don’t smoke, or have stopped smoking for at least three months (including the use of e-cigarettes, nicotine gum and nicotine patches)

As well as other well-known health complications, smoking also impacts the quality of the egg. The toxins in cigarettes cause the egg wall to thicken and form a protective barrier, consequently reducing the chances of fertilisation.

Willing to attend regular clinic appointments (including counselling)

It’s our responsibility to make certain that you fully understand the implications of egg donation. We want to support you throughout your journey because your health and wellbeing is our main priority throughout the entire process.

Possess a clear medical history with no genetic or hereditary disorders (such as Type 1 Diabetes)

This is partly to ensure the mother and baby don’t inherit any serious or genetic illnesses from donated eggs. But it’s also designed to prevent serious illness in women looking to donate, whose health condition could place them at risk in the donation process.

Willing to be identifiable to any child born using your eggs

In the UK, at the age of 18 any person born from donation by law are able to request a donors identifiable information. If you’re unsure, you may prefer not to donate. However, we’ll talk you through all the ins and outs of the process, and check that you feel entirely comfortable before you proceed.

Willing to potentially change your current method of contraception. For example the Mirena coil, implant or depo injection.

Additionally, if you’ve recently had a baby, we ask that you wait six months before donating to give your body some much-needed rest, However if you’re currently breastfeeding we would need to wait 6 months after you has stopped before proceeding with egg donation.

Are egg donors paid?

No, egg donors aren’t paid, but you are compensated. The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) determines the rules for egg donation. You’re compensated for your valued time and commitment. The compensation also covers travel costs, loss of earnings, and any expenses. You can find out more about egg donation compensation here.

Why do people need egg donors?

With there being so many different fertility factors, each day more people discover that they’re unable to have children. One in seven UK families are affected, and the distress this brings is hard to define. For some women, sudden fertility loss causes long-lasting grief.

That’s why we mean it when we say not only are you helping to create life, you’re changing the lives of others when you become an egg donor – what a gift and selfless act this is. You can help those who’ve longed to have a family, some may have experienced repeated failed IVF cycles and those who have struggled to conceive. In this article we highlight the incredible difference your donation makes.

Can I donate more than once?

We do have egg donors that come back to help more families, this shows what amazing women our egg donors are. If you do decide to donate once again our team of doctors will carefully consider the impact of further egg donation will have on you.

There’s a 10-family limit outlined by the HFEA. This rule is designed to protect both the donor, and the family receiving the donation. Find out more about donation limits here.

Are there risks to becoming an egg donor?

At Manchester Donors, we have measures in place to reduce the risk with medical experts that have carried out these procedures for over 35 years, so we can reassure you that you are in the very best expert medical hands. We do have to state that with all procedures egg collection has a risk of infection and bleeding, and could have a minor risk of hyperstimulation in very rare cases. This is a condition where the ovaries respond quickly to the drugs, producing more eggs than expected.

This is why we take all measures to keep you as safe as possible and hormone tests are carried out as part of the screening process, as it allows us to see how your ovaries are likely to respond. You are also monitored regularly once the drugs have been administered in order to prevent hyperstimulation. If this occurs, some women feel bloated and abdominal discomfort, but you will be advised to take pain relief and drink plenty of water.
 
Please be assured that you’ll be in safe hands and our experts will look after you throughout every stage of your donation. We’ve been caring for donors for over 35 years, with a dedicated team of donation professionals, an award-winning clinic, and an ongoing care facility that’s regulated by the HFEA and Care Quality Commission.

Hear from our amazing egg donors

“I am truly happy that I can help make your dreams come true. I have a nephew born through donation, and so I know first-hand the impact that someone [who donates] can have on a family in need. Everyone deserves the chance of a family, and I’m so grateful that I was in a position to be able to help.”
Amelia

“It is an amazing opportunity to help make someone’s dreams come true. The process is really easy with a great team of supportive professionals. I would not go anywhere else.”
Sarah

Read Amelia and Sarah's full stories here

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