Donating to research
Scientists need eggs, sperm and embryos to carry out research to understand and improve fertility treatments. Without this kind of research treatments like IVF wouldn’t exist, and without future research there can be no improvement to treatments.
Eggs, sperm and embryos are also needed for other areas of medical research, including understanding serious genetic conditions.
Research is the bedrock for the development of new techniques in fertility. Without donation, some of the treatments we take for granted today wouldn't even exist.
Review date: 14 March 2020