Six Common Reasons Why You Can't Donate Eggs

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

UK egg donors are in demand, not all women who apply to Manchester Donors are suitable to be an egg donor.

Here are six of the most common reasons why you could be prevented from being an egg donor, some of which you may not be aware of:

Your age: We only accept egg donors who are maximum 35 years old. This is because natural fertility – and therefore egg quality - generally declines once you reach your mid-thirties. We have to ensure that the eggs we offer our patients are of the highest quality to give a good chance of pregnancy.

Your ovarian reserve: As part of the egg donation process, we’ll check your own fertility including your ovarian reserve – the number of eggs you have left. Low ovarian reserve can affect women of all ages. Having fewer eggs doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant, but it may mean you don’t respond well to stimulation and produce enough mature eggs for donation.

Your medical history: It’s vital that the donor eggs we offer don’t carry any health risks to our recipient patients or the children they have, so if you have a serious medical condition, or a family history of a hereditary or genetic condition, you may not be able to donate your eggs. We’ll go through your medical history, as far back as grandparents, as part of the process. If you don’t know your family medical history and can’t find out -  because you’re adopted for instance - this would also prevent you from becoming an egg donor.

You’re a smoker: Smoking can affect your fertility in many different ways, from your ability to conceive to compromising egg quality. The good news is that this is one of the factors preventing egg donation that you can change. You may be able to donate eggs if you can quit smoking – including e-cigarettes - for at least three months prior to egg donation, as this gives your fertility health – and egg quality - the chance to recover.

Your weight: To donate eggs, you need to have a BMI within a range of 19 to 29. This is because being underweight or overweight not only affects your own fertility and eggs, but also how you respond to fertility medications for egg donation. At Manchester Donors we focus on safe and responsible egg donation. So we don’t accept egg donors who have a too high or too low BMI – even if you’ve had children and have proven fertility - as there’s a risk that egg donation could compromise your own health and wellbeing. But again, BMI is something you can actively change through diet and lifestyle.

You’ve recently had a tattoo or piercing: It may seem a bizarre reason but if you’ve had a tattoo or piercing in the last six months it would prevent you donating eggs because of the risk of passing on infectious diseases. You’ll need to wait a full six months after your tattoo or piercing to apply to be an egg donor.

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Explore more about the criteria to be an egg donor, and how it works. If you’d like to apply to our award-winning programme, apply online or have a chat to our dedicated Donation Team on 0161 300 2734.


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