This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices.
As one of the UK’s most successful egg donor banks, one of the most common questions we’re asked is how much money you receive from selling your eggs.
There is actually no ‘selling’ and ‘buying’ when it comes to egg donation in the UK. It’s illegal to pay someone for their eggs in this country, or offer them for sale to the highest bidder.
Unlike other countries such as America, where egg donors can often name a price and typically receive $8,000 upwards for their eggs – more if they are ‘in demand’ by being attractive and highly educated - in the UK egg donation is tightly regulated by the HFEA, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
It set compensation to a maximum of £750 a cycle for all altruistic egg donors. No matter how attractive, successful and educated you are, no matter which clinic you choose to donate eggs to, you’re compensated exactly the same.
So it’s important to note this very crucial difference between being ‘paid’ and being ‘compensated’.
Altruistic UK egg donors are not paid for their actual eggs – which are given generously and freely – but are compensated for the time, effort and commitment to be an egg donor, taking into account all the various procedures and processes involved in egg donation and any travel expenses incurred.
Egg donors used to get £250 per cycle plus expenses, but this was increased by the HFEA in 2011, to show the value of egg donors and to ensure no woman would be left out of pocket through her generosity. The amount was capped at £750 so there would never be a financial incentive for egg donation, whilst making sure the compensation fairly reflected what’s involved.
To be an altruistic egg donor or egg-share, you must meet certain criteria including being aged 18-35, in good health with a normal range BMI, a non-smoker and with no family history of any inherited or genetic conditions.
If you’d like to become an altruistic egg donor, speak to our dedicated Donation Team on 0161 300 2734 or apply online to be an egg donor.
You can also come and meet our egg donation team at this year’s Fertility Show at Manchester Central (25-26 March). Our team will be there to help you with any enquiries you have about donating eggs. Book your tickets here.
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