Do you need IVF? Are you willing to donate some of your eggs to help someone else have a baby too?
It’s called egg sharing and it brings together women who need IVF and women who need donor eggs. If it’s something you’d like to consider, here are some facts:
Egg sharing reduces the cost of private IVF
As an egg sharer you don’t receive the time and expenses compensation normally given to egg donors as you’re coming to our clinic anyway. Instead your IVF cycle is carried out at substantially reduced cost.
Egg sharing means becoming an egg donor
By egg sharing you’re helping someone who can’t conceive to have a child. It carries the same implications as if you were donating eggs without needing IVF yourself. So it needs very careful, informed consideration as it’s not suitable for everyone.
Egg sharing criteria
You need to meet certain criteria to donate eggs. You must be aged 18-35, a non-smoker and fulfil other health requirements including screening tests and family medical history.
Who uses your shared eggs
Your eggs will be matched to one of our patients who’s looking for an egg donor. She will never know who you are. You’re entitled to find out if your recipient has a baby, but you’re not the legal parent of any children born through your shared eggs.
Because a donor-conceived person has the right to find out from the HFEA the identity of their donor when they turn 18, if they wish to know, there is the potential for contact in the future. You’ll be carefully counselled about this.
Explore our egg sharing guide to find out more. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help – call us on 0161 300 2734.