Is Egg Donation Size Discriminatory? Why Your BMI Matters

This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices.

Egg donation has higher and lower BMI limits – but there’s a lot of misunderstanding about why this is the case.

To donate eggs, you need to have a BMI within a range of 19 to 29. But this criteria isn’t anything to do with being discriminatory against people who are underweight or overweight.

It’s also not related to how ‘desirable’ an egg donor’s physical characteristics are to potential patients, or how fit you are regardless of your BMI.

BMI matters solely because of your own health as an egg donor, in addition to the impact a higher or lower BMI has on your own fertility and egg quality.

Women with a higher or lower BMI outside of what is considered a ‘normal’ range may not respond well to the ovarian stimulation needed to be an egg donor. You may also have an increased risk of complications such as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.

As a responsible and donor-focused egg donation scheme, we do not accept any woman as an egg donor if there’s a risk her own health would be compromised.

But what about the women who fall outside of a normal BMI, who’ve had healthy children of their own? They have proven fertility, why can they donate eggs?

Your own conception history isn’t a deciding factor for being accepted as an egg donor, although it is noted. Remember that donated eggs have to go through much more than a naturally fertilised egg. Donor eggs are fertilised outside the body in a laboratory, and they may also be frozen and thawed before being fertilised via ICSI, if a patient opts for a frozen cycle.

So donated eggs have to be the best quality they can be, to maintain viability and to give patients the highest chance of having a baby. It’s why you’re donating eggs after all, and as the egg donor you’d want to be assured that your eggs have a good chance of resulting in pregnancy.

So whilst egg donation does exclude certain women, it’s for very good reason. It’s all about protecting the health and wellbeing of egg donors; whilst giving people who need donor eggs the best chance of a family.

If you’d like to join an award-winning egg donor programme, apply to Manchester Donors. Explore more about the criteria to be an egg donor with us, and why we’re the trusted choice for women who want to donate eggs in the North West.

As an altruistic egg donor you receive £750 compensation per cycle with the reassurance of a fully supported, personalised egg donation journey from our caring team. If you need IVF yourself, you can also donate to us through egg-sharing, receiving your IVF treatment at a heavily subsidised rate.

Have a chat to our dedicated Donation Team for more information on 0161 300 2734.


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