Thank you for considering the possibility of becoming an egg donor; there is a big need for this in the community at large. From April 2012, the law allows an egg donor to be compensated a fixed sum of up to £750 per donation cycle.
Who can be an egg donor?
The criteria for being an egg donor at Salisbury Fertility Centre are:
- aged less than 36
- FSH<8, AMH>8 – this can be arranged at Salisbury Fertility Centre or via your GP
- body mass index (BMI) of less than 30
- non smoking
- both ovaries present
- no moderate/severe endometriosis
- no previous poor responders to stimulating drugs
- satisfactory completion of a health questionnaire
- consent to Salisbury Fertility Centre contacting her GP
- partner should agree with the course of treatment
If you meet these criteria and would like to donate your eggs to another couple, please contact us so we can send the Donor Personal Information Form and registration form to you.
Who sees potential egg donors in Salisbury?
All potential egg donors are seen by a consultant in the clinic. On receipt of your forms, we will contact you to make an appointment to see one of our consultants. The consultant will talk to you about your medical history; a clinical examination may be required. If you and the consultant are happy to continue, an appointment to see the counsellor will be made.
The counsellor will see you to ensure you have explored the implications of donation. If you have a partner, we would like you both to see the counsellor as it is important that your partner is supportive of your decision to donate.
What happens after seeing the Consultant and the Counsellor?
Once the consultant and counsellor are happy for you to proceed and you are still keen to donate, then you will need to have blood tests for:
- Full blood count
- Blood group
- Hepatitis B (surface antigen and core antibodies)
- Hepatitis C
- Cystic fibrosis carrier status
- Chromosome (genetic) analysis
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibodies
Your partner will also require blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B (surface antigen and core antibodies), Hepatitis C and Syphilis
There may be additional blood tests required and these will be discussed with you at this stage.
Once all these test results are received and satisfactory we can move on to the egg donation cycle, the process for this is outlined below.
Donors are required to return to repeat the screening blood tests; HepB (surface antigen and core antibodies), HepC and HIV, six months after the date of donation.
Thank you again for your interest.
Time scales for treatment
Stage 1 - Initial Contact and Pre-treatment
This can take up to 4 months
- Registration and matching forms completed
- Initial Consultation
- Counselling Appointment
- Meet the Nurses and Blood Tests (Blood test list outlined in Initial Appointments and Blood tests leaflet)
- 6-8 weeks to receive blood test results
- Matching and Discussion with nurses re dates (Telephone communication)
- Call with Day 1 of period
- Consultation with nurses before Day 21 of cycle (To explain the process, injection technique and to sign consent forms)
Stage 2 - Treatment Cycle
This takes 8-10 weeks from Day 1 of your cycle
- Day 21 of cycle start down regulation drug (Daily injection)
- Period as usual
- Baseline scan * (Approx. 2 weeks after period and takes approx 10 mins. A blood test may be needed
- Recipients are scanned *
- Start stimulation drug (Usually taken for 10 days whilst continuing with down regulation drug)
- Two progress scans to monitor stimulation (These take approx 10 mins. A blood test may be needed)
- Ovulating injection (last injection taken the day after completing stimulation injections
- 2 days later you will go to the Day Surgery Unit for your Egg Collection. This is a morning list, so you will need to arrive at 8.00am, and will be free to go home early afternoon. (The procedure is under general anaesthetic, and so no work for 48 hours)
- 1 week later you'll come for a follow up in clinic for a consultation and scan, and you'll get your 1st compensation payment of £500
6 months later you'll attend Clinic for repeat screening bloods and receive your 2nd compensation payment of £250
* If the recipients or you are not ready, then there will be a delay in starting the stimulating drugs
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people need egg donors?Egg donors are used when the woman cannot produce her own eggs, or if there are abnormalities with the eggs. Common reasons include premature menopause, medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy – which can affect fertility and the concern of passing on any hereditary illnesses or diseases.
Will it affect my future fertility?
No, all women are born with more eggs than they use. You should return to your natural cycles within a couple of months of completing your donation.
How will I feel after my egg collection?
Most people experience some discomfort and bloating but this can be eased with paracetamol and ibuprofen. The duration of this discomfort depends on the individual.
Are there any dangers for egg donors?
It is possible for you to over respond to the stimulating drug. This would mean that you produce a large number of eggs and is called ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) and may require observation or treatment in hospital.
What happens to the donated eggs?
Your eggs will be split equally between two recipients. If less than 8 eggs are collected then they will all go to recipient 1. Your eggs will be mixed with the sperm of the recipient’s partner and any embryos that are created are either transferred to the recipients’ womb or cryopreserved for future use.
Do I have any parental responsibility?
No, you have no financial or legal obligation or responsibility. The recipient couple are the parents of the child.
Can I still donate if I have been sterilised?
Yes, when you are sterilised your tubes are clipped, but your ovaries continue to work normally.
Will the recipients of my eggs ever know who I am?
No, donation is anonymous and recipients will not know who you are whilst they go through treatment. The recipient will know basic information about you from the information you complete on your matching form, but not information they could use to identify you. If a child is born as a result of your donation, they are able to find out detailed information about you once they reach 18 years old and this information could lead to them identifying you. There is more information in the patient leaflet "Access to information for donors, recipients and donor-conceived people".
Can I limit the number of families that have children born from my donation?
Yes, the HFEA states that from each donation 10 families can be created. It is very unlikely that children will be born to more than two families if you decide to donate, but you can limit the number on the consent form. You can withdraw your consent for the embryos to be used at any point.
When will I get my £750?
About a week after your egg recovery you will come back to Salisbury Fertility Centre for a review, and will receive a cheque for £500 at this appointment. After 6 months, you’ll come back for screening blood tests and will receive the final £250 then.
If you have any other questions, please call one of our nurse co-ordinators (01722 417224) who will be very happy to talk to you.