IVF with a donor egg in Cheshire and Manchester: Why it’s best to stay in the UK

9th February 2015 in IVF

This information was correct at the time of publishing. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.

At Manchester Fertility we have donor eggs ready and available for you now, so you can start treatment immediately. But why should you have IVF with a donor egg in the UK, when foreign fertility clinics are also offering treatment, sometimes at what seems to be a cheaper price?

Going abroad for IVF treatment has various risks and issues, which especially need to be considered when you’re using a donor egg.

There are long-term implications when you use a donor egg to have a baby, and when going abroad one of the main areas of concern is traceability of your donor.

At Manchester Fertility your egg donor donates only to us. We get to know her very well, whether she is donating altruistically or through egg-sharing. She will be aged 18-35, from the UK and will have passed all medical screening needed to be a donor.

Crucially, she will also be fully contactable by the child you may have, if your child wishes to find out who their donor is when they turn 18. All donors must now give their consent to be identifiable to any children born when they apply, and their details are subsequently stored on the HFEA register.

But foreign clinics may still allow anonymity, meaning your child can never find out who their donor is. Or you may only be given minimal information, even if donation is not anonymous. 

It’s also important to remember that the HFEA only governs UK fertility clinics. It has no say or rules over foreign clinics and so standards and legalities vary. In the UK, if treatment is provided by a licensed clinic, the donor has no parental rights over any children born. But this may not be the case abroad, and likewise clinics may not adopt the same strict medical screening for its donors as we do in the UK.

The HFEA has important advice if you’re considering going abroad. But we would always recommend that you investigate if the treatment you need can be done at a UK clinic first.

We can offer a wide choice of egg donors, with no waiting list. Contact us to start your treatment today. 

Last updated: 21st January 2020