For some couples, egg sharing is an option which can allow them to help another couple who cannot produce their own eggs.
A woman who is accepted onto the egg sharing scheme will not pay for the IVF, her screening tests or for the drugs which are required. All the other fees are payable as usual.
An egg sharing cycle is the same as ‘normal’ IVF, except that we will need to complete some additional screening prior to treatment, which may mean waiting a little longer. On the day of egg collection, half of the eggs which are collected are donated to another couple.
If the recipient of the donated eggs is successful and gives birth, that child can, on reaching the age of 18, make enquiries as to the identity of the egg donor.
Criteria for acceptance:
- Be between the ages of 18-35
- Be fit and healthy with a BMI of 20-30
- Have an FSH level on day 2-4 of the cycle less than 10 iu/L
- Have a normal or above normal AMH level for their age
- Have no previous history of severe endometriosis, or of having one ovary removed
- Have no history of transmissible disease
- Have no family history of inheritable disorders
- Be a non-smoker for a minimum of 3 months
- Have had no more than two previous unsuccessful cycles
The HFEA have recently reviewed their egg donation policies, and from April 1st 2012 we are able to compensate altruistic egg donors up to £750. Altrustic egg donors should fulfil the criteria as described above.
If you would like to discuss our Shared Egg Scheme, or the possibility of Altrustic Egg Donation further, please call us on 01483 227 859 and speak to one of the Egg Donation nurses, or leave your name and number and we will return your call.