Five Things to Keep in Mind When Using Donor Eggs to Have a Baby

30th June 2017 in Treatments

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Using an egg donor to have a baby can be an emotionally conflicting time, from disappointment to learn you can’t use your own eggs to excitement in knowing you have an alternative special way to have a family.

Our dedicated Donation Team – which supports you through treatment with donor eggs – reveals five things you should keep in mind if you’re planning to conceive with donor eggs:

Don’t worry about finding an egg donor

Don’t assume there are no egg donors for you. Despite what you hear or read about an egg donor ‘shortage’ in this country, there is no need to go abroad. We have UK donor eggs ready for you now, and there’s a very good chance we’ve alreadyfound your perfect egg donor.

At Manchester Fertility our egg donors come from all walks of life, backgrounds, cultures and faiths. So whether you want an egg donor who resembles you, shares your outlook on life, your cultural beliefs or has a similar personality, we’ll be able to give you a choice of egg donors that match your requirements, with no waiting list.

Chances of success: Younger women, younger eggs

When you have treatment with donor eggs, you’re using the eggs of a woman who’s within the peak fertile ages of 18 and 35. This is important to remember especially if you’re an older woman. It means you effectively have the same chance of IVF success as a much younger woman, regardless of your age. Our egg donors are also health-screened, fully identifiable and HFEA-registered, giving your child the chance in future to find out about their genetic heritage and the existence of any donor siblings.

Remember the baby is yours, not your donor’s

Many patients who need donor eggs worry about bonding with their baby, and whether they’ll feel it’s their child and not their egg donor’s. These are natural concerns but you’ll be getting pregnant, carrying the baby and giving birth, just as you would if you’d conceived with your own eggs.

You donor donated her eggs because she wanted to help people like you to conceive. She has no legal or parental right to any children born through her eggs, but is fully prepared for contact in future from your child, if your child wishes to find out who she is.

Choice of treatment: Fresh or frozen donor eggs and a refund option

Don’t assume your only option is frozen donor eggs. Through our successful Manchester Donors programme, we offer fresh donor eggs too. Fresh donor eggs means your donor eggs are fertilised with your partner’s sperm on the day they’re retrieved. Each type of donor egg has it own advantages, but thanks to advances in freezing techniques, frozen eggs are now a very viable and cost-effective option to have a baby. We can also offer you treatment with donor eggs with the reassurance of a refund, as well as traditional funding methods.

The importance of support

The benefits of a good support network cannot be underestimated, both at home and at the clinic. At Manchester Fertility you’re not just left to lean on family and friends throughout your journey. We’re here to support you too, our entire clinic team, fertility counsellors and consultants are experienced at helping people in all circumstances to conceive with donor eggs. You can rely on us to listen, support and guide you whenever you need us.

Treatment with donor eggs: Start your journey with Manchester Fertility

We help people all over the UK to have a family with the help of our egg donors. Speak to our Donation Team on 0161 300 2737 for details of our latest new egg donors, how soon you can start treatment and to make your appointment with our specialist fertility consultants.

You don’t need a GP referral to see us, and you don’t need to live in our region as we can streamline your treatment path where possible for your convenience. You can self-refer to see us here.

Last updated: 20th January 2020