What’s the process for donating my eggs?
Personal information: Your clinic will ask you to provide some personal information. Some non-identifying information will be available to the hopeful parent/s at the time of donation and any children conceived with your donation when they turn 16. Parents can access non-identifying information (in addition the information they received about the donor before treatment) from when the child is born (and are free to share this with their child of any age if they wish to). Your identifying information will be available to any donor-conceived children when they turn 18.
Find out more about the rules around releasing donor information
Health tests: You’ll need to have tests for certain diseases, including any serious genetic diseases, before you can donate.
It’s very important you tell your clinic about any problems in your, or your family’s, medical histories. If you or your family have a serious physical or mental condition and you don’t tell your clinic about it, you could face legal action if a child born from your donation inherits it.
Counselling: Your clinic is required by law to offer you counselling. We strongly recommend you take it up, as it will help you to think through all the implications of your decision and how it could affect you and your family in the future.
Your consent: You need to consent in writing before donating your eggs. You can change or withdraw your consent - see more below.
Donating: The process for donating is exactly the same as the early stages of IVF.
- Medication taken as a daily injection or nasal spray will suppress your natural hormone production. This will give your doctor complete control of the fertility process.
- You’ll have a scan to check your natural cycle is fully suppressed. If it is, you’ll start hormone treatment (usually gonadotrophins) to boost the number of eggs your body produces.
- A day or two before your eggs are due to be collected, you’ll be given a hormone injection (normally human chorionic gonadotrophin or hCG) to help the eggs mature.
- Your eggs will be collected whilst you’re sedated or under general anaesthetic. The procedure takes around half an hour and you may feel a little sore or bruised.
- Whilst your eggs are being collected, the woman’s partner will be asked to produce a sperm sample (or her donor’s sperm will be taken from the freezer) for mixing with your eggs.