IVF with egg sharing is where the female partner goes through an IVF cycle and donates half of her recovered eggs to another couple. The recipient couple need donated eggs because the female partner has poor ovarian function due to disease, surgery, premature menopause or age. There could also be genetic reasons why she cannot use her own eggs. All egg donation is strictly regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
For the egg share cycle to proceed, eight or more eggs must be collected, allowing a minimum of four eggs for the patient and four for the recipient.
In order to be an egg share provider, the female partner must fulfil the following criteria:
- be less than 36 years at the start of the treatment cycle
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30
- both ovaries present
- no moderate/severe endometriosis
- not previous poor responders to treatment
- reason for infertility diagnosed (eg tubal factor, or male factor)
- all screening tests satisfactory
- satisfactory completion of health questionnaire
- consent to Salisbury Fertility Centre to contact GP
- partner should agree with treatment.
If you are considering the possibility of having IVF with egg sharing, we would be pleased to hear from you.
If you are considering treatment using donor eggs, please call us as we are now in a position to reopen our waiting list.