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Embryo donation

woman standing in front a of group of peopleIn order to become an embryo donor, you will need to fulfill certain criteria to establish your suitability.

Embryo donation age limits - With embryo donation, the egg donor should be aged between 18 and 35, and the sperm donor between 18 and 45. In exceptional circumstances a clinic may accept donors outside this age bracket.

Embryo donor screening - Before you donate you will be required to undergo certain screening tests in order to reduce the risks of passing on diseases or deformities to any resultant child. 

Embryo donor consent - It is a legal requirement for written consent of both the sperm and egg donor to be documented for the use of donated embryos in treatment.

You can change or withdraw your consent at any time up to the point at which the embryos are used in treatment.

Embryo donation payment - If you have stored eggs, sperm or embryos for use in your own treatment but then decide to donate them, you may receive donation compensation of up to £35 per subsequent clinic visit, to reasonably cover any financial losses incurred in connection with the donation, with the provision to claim an excess to cover higher expenses

Further information on embryo donation

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Page last updated: 15 August 2012

How you can donate

In the UK, in order to donate you will need to contact a fertility clinic that is licensed by the HFEA to receive donations.

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