Egg Donation IVF

We offer our patients options to access high quality donor eggs through our donor programme here in the UK.

IVF treatment using egg donation can help women achieve pregnancy where it has been proving very difficult. IVF with donor eggs may be needed for a variety of reasons, whether it be age, ovarian failure or previous medical treatment that have directly affected your fertility.

What is egg donation?

In an IVF cycle with donor eggs, an egg is fertilised using either sperm from your partner or a sperm donor, creating an embryo to be transferred into your womb.

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A patient’s view on egg donation

We feel incredibly lucky to have Noah in our lives. After a difficult journey of miscarriages and unsuccessful IVF treatment, Noah was conceived through egg donation. The most amazing gift of hope and life from a lovely donor. IVF-Life UK’s thorough personal investigations identified an issue that other clinics had overlooked. And the care of the IVF-Life UK team for both us and the lovely lady donating made our treatment feel special giving us the best possible chance and a beautiful baby boy. A huge thank you!

Who could benefit from an egg donation?

There are many different reasons why women may wish to consider undergoing egg donation, including issues such as:

  • Premature menopause
  • Ovarian failure
  • Lack of egg production
  • Poor quality egg production
  • Loss of ovaries due to previous surgery or treatment
  • Being at risk of passing on genetic conditions

A number of these factors can be age-related, therefore IVF treatment with donor eggs can often be the best option for women once they reach their 40s.

Our Easy Egg Donation Process

Your medical history will be reviewed, and some health tests undertaken to see if the egg donation process is suitable. If it is, the consultant would then prepare the treatment protocol.

The IVF process then takes place, whereby donor eggs are fertilised in the laboratory using your partner’s or donor’s sperm, before the embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterine cavity.

Our Donors

All our donor eggs are from young, healthy donors who have been fully screened and of proven fertility. They are required to provide a full medical history for themselves and their family to safeguard you and/or your baby from any potential hereditary and medical conditions.

We ensure that all documentation, screening and consenting complies fully with the regulations of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Patient Success Stories

Our second little miracle was born on Monday 16th December, weighing 6lb 11oz. Little Elodie is absolutely perfect in every way and her big brother is besotted.

Thank you so much again for helping us to grow our family. We all couldn’t be happier, and cannot thank you enough.

We are absolutely overjoyed. We would very much like to express our gratitude to yourself and all of your staff at IVF-Life UK who have helped to make this dream come true for us. The professionalism and empathy shown by each and everyone of you was second to none.

Success Rates

We are very proud of our success rates, which we recognise play an important part in choosing the right IVF clinic for you. We regularly treat patients of all ages and specialise in complex fertility cases where the chances of success are typically lower, yet or success rates are consistent with HFEA data.

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£5950 using a known donor, £7750 if using an unknown donor – excluding consultations, screening bloods, medications, freezing and storage.

A child conceived through donor treatment performed at a licensed HFEA clinic is entitled to contact the HFEA to obtain the following information about the donor once they reach the age of 16:

  • a physical description (height, weight, eye and hair colour)
  • the year and country of birth
  • their ethnicity
  • whether they had any children at the time of donation, how many and their gender
  • their marital status
  • their medical history
  • a personal description and goodwill message to any potential children (if they chose to write one at the time of their donation).

Once they reach 18, they can approach the HFEA for details of the donor’s name, date of birth and last known address.

Yes, an egg donor can withdraw consent up to the point of embryo transfer.

Yes, you can choose your own egg donor, provided that certain criteria – age, satisfactory ovarian reserve, good general health and no viral diseases – are met. In the UK, egg donation can be through a ‘known‘ or ‘unknown’ donor. In either case the donor is not anonymous, which means that the individual donating has to be registered as a donor with the HFEA and the child has the right to trace the biological parent at the age of 18.

Recipients of egg donation are asked to attend counselling with our trained fertility counsellor to ensure they are fully aware of all the implications of using donated eggs. We have an ‘IVF Buddy’ available for support and advice on any aspect of treatment. The national charity Fertility Network UK also offers support to anyone experiencing fertility issues.

Before embarking on treatment with donated eggs it is important to prepare yourself both physically and emotionally. Physically make sure you are in the best health possible and look at any potential lifestyle changes you could make to improve your chances of success. Ensure that you are aware of the legal implications and have fully understood the consent forms that you will be asked to sign. Meet with our counsellor to talk through the emotional implications of the treatment you are about to undergo. Our experienced team are always on hand to help explain anything you are uncertain or unsure about.

First of all an initial consultation will be required to see if egg donation is a suitable treatment for you. Your medical and reproductive history will be thoroughly reviewed and any investigations or tests organised. Following this the IVF process takes place and your donor’s eggs will be fertilised with the sperm of either your partner or a sperm donor, then transferred back into your uterus.

Eggs are frozen using a fast freezing technique known as ‘vitrification’. This involves rapid cooling to avoid the formation of any ice crystals and helps to preserve the cells in the eggs, giving a better chance of a successful outcome once they are thawed for use in an IVF cycle.

If you are interested in IVF with donor eggs, please click here to contact us online and our egg donation co-ordinator will contact you within one working day. Alternatively, please call us on 01925 202180.