Donating your eggs is an incredibly selfless act that has many rewards, but it’s also an important decision that requires a lot of careful consideration, so what does it involve?
TFP Fertility UK, one of the UK’s largest IVF providers and fertility specialists, gives a detailed look at what the steps are to becoming an egg donor.
Egg donation is when a woman has healthy eggs collected from her ovaries which are then used to support someone else’s fertility treatment. There are a range of reasons a person could need to use a donor egg in their fertility treatment, including fertility problems, age, early menopause, fertility affected by cancer treatment or not wanting to pass on genetic conditions to their children.
There are many reasons why women choose to donate eggs, including:
Each year we help so many people who couldn’t otherwise conceive and see first-hand what an incredible difference egg donation makes.
AT TFP Fertility UK, we have the following criteria for women who wish to donate eggs. However, we’ll always speak to each person individually to see if they’re a suitable donor.
To become an egg donor, you need to:
It’s also important to know that if you wish to be an egg donor, you’ll need to:
Anonymity and legal rights
You can donate eggs as many times you want. But legally, your donated eggs cannot be used to create more than 10 families. Once this limit is reached, you won’t be able to donate any more eggs.
You won’t be made aware who has received your eggs but understandably you may want to find out if your egg donation has helped someone have a child.
You can contact your clinic directly or ask for the following information from the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA):
You won’t be given any information that could reveal the identity of the child/children.
Children born through egg donation can currently obtain non-identifying information about their donor at the age of 16 and identifying information at the age of 18.
They may only obtain identifying information at 16 if they’re getting married so need to know.
At 18, they can obtain last known contact details (email, phone number, and address) but it’s up to the donor to update HFEA if any of these details change.
In the UK, you have no legal rights over or responsibilities to any children born from the eggs you donate.
You’ll have no say over how they’re raised or pay anything towards their upbringing.
You can retract your wish to donate at any stage up until donation has taken place should you change your mind.
Visit www.tfp-fertility.com to find out more.