If I donate my eggs, can I receive free IVF treatment?
Our clinic does run an egg-sharing scheme where, in return for donating half of the eggs produced, sharers receive their own treatment at a reduced price.
Will the process be painful?
It is possible that you may experience some lower abdominal discomfort, similar to period pains, towards the end of stimulation and possibly for a few days following egg retrieval, but this varies a lot from person to person.
Will the process be time consuming?
Prior to being accepted as a donor you will need to attend screening and counselling appointments. The treatment itself will involve a few weeks of daily injections, (you can usually do these yourself at home), and several appointments for blood tests and scans prior to the actual egg retrieval.
Will I be paid compensation for donating eggs.
Egg Donors will be reimbursed by £750 compensation for each complete cycle of egg donation.
I am a 37 year-old in good health, with 2 healthy children who were born when I was over 30. I have been told that I cannot be an egg donor. Why is this?
The success rate for assisted conception treatment relates to the age of the egg provider and there is a significant decline in fertility after the mid-30s. Also there is an increased risk of chromosomal abnormality in children conceived by older women. HFEA therefore recommends that egg donors should be no older than 36 years at the time of donation.
Are there any risks?
There are risks associated with treatment but these are minimal and will be fully discussed with you by the nurse at your initial appointment.