IVF with Donor Eggs
Why is this treatment needed?
There are many reasons why someone may need to use a donor egg to get pregnant. Typical reasons include:
- Medical conditions such as premature menopause or ovarian failure
- If you’re not producing your own eggs
- If there are abnormalities with the eggs – many women, typically those in their 40s, use donor eggs to get pregnant because the quality of their own isn’t suitable anymore due to age. We offer IVF with donor eggs for patients up to the age of 50.
- Previous medical treatment such as chemotherapy which could have affected your fertility
- If there’s a risk of passing on any hereditary illnesses or diseases
What happens if I need to use a Donor Egg to get pregnant?
Your first contact with the Unit will be with one of our patient advisors who will discuss the treatment journey with you. We have a dedicated egg-donor co-ordinator, Alison Kay, who arranges the process for both donors and recipients. You will initially join our waiting list and once we have a suitable egg donor, we will contact you to see a doctor and plan your treatment.
How long is the Waiting List for Donor Eggs?
Currently we don't have any waiting list for treatment with donor eggs, all of our donors are from the UK and you can start your treatment immediately. However please contact our team on 0161 300 2730 for latest availability.
What drugs will I need to take and what happens?
Once you have decided on treatment and have chosen your donor, your cycle will be synchronised with the donor and your body prepared to receive embryos.
This is achieved by a combination of the pill, oestrogen patches and progesterone pessaries. The donated eggs are fertilised with your partner’s sperm (or with donor sperm) via IVF, and then the treatment follows a typical embryo replacement cycle. Any resulting embryos are transferred into your uterus to grow as in a natural pregnancy.
What else will I need to do?
As part of your treatment you will be required to undergo counselling to ensure that you understand the implications of using a donor egg to have a child. This includes how this can affect you and your partner, any existing family, how you may explain in future years about the child’s conception and what happens if they wish to contact their donor, as allowed by law, when they turn 18. In addition you and your partner will need to undertake pre-treatment screening
Can I find out anything about my Donor?
As a recipient you’ll be able to find out very basic information but you won’t ever know who your egg donor is, unless it is known donation where you have found your own egg donor. Your egg donor will be anonymous to you but you will be told details such as physical characteristics and personal interests – this happens during consultation where we talk through who has been ‘matched’ to you.
How many Eggs will I get?
You will receive all the eggs from the donor. However if the donor has taken part in our egg-sharing programme, then you will receive half of the eggs retrieved.
What if more than one Embryo is created from the Donor Eggs?
If there are multiple good quality embryos then these can be frozen by us and stored for use if you wish to extend your family in future years. This ensures your children will have the same donor.
How long will Treatment take?
Screening an egg donor and matching a recipient usually takes up to 7 weeks, although this may take longer. Matching an egg donor and recipient and synchronising your cycle can take up to 10 weeks. Following this, the treatment cycle takes an average of 8-10 weeks from the beginning of the treatment cycle to a pregnancy test.
What is the Success Rate for Pregnancy using Donor Eggs?
Currently around 40 per cent of women who receive donor eggs achieve pregnancy. For our latest results, you can click here.
How much does IVF Treatment with Donor Eggs cost?
Details of our treatment fees can be found here. Treatment prices include the necessary drugs needed, treatment consultations, ultrasound/blood monitoring, semen preparation, fertilisation of eggs via IVF, fresh embryo replacement, pregnancy scan and follow-up consultation.
Additional treatment – such as ICSI, the use of donor sperm or freezing multiple good quality embryos created from the donor eggs – then this will involve extra charges.