Is there really a shortage of UK donor eggs?

24th September 2013 in Treatments

The UK’s first donor egg bank has opened in London – but is there really a ‘national shortage’ of donor eggs as some media reports have claimed?

The demand for donor eggs is higher than ever as increasing numbers of women are needing to use them – typically due to having children much later in life when their own eggs aren’t suitable due to their age, or because of fertility problems leaving a donor egg the only option.

At Manchester Fertility there is no shortage of donor eggs. Our dedicated manchesterdonors.com programme, and our highly-successful egg-sharing programme, has ensured that we have immediate availability of donor eggs for our patients. We have no waiting lists at all if you need a donor egg.

As our patient you will be matched to a suitable donor, based on your preferences.  You can request specific traits such as hair colour, eye colour or height.

All Manchester Fertility donors are from the UK and have been thoroughly screened and approved as HFEA-registered donors, able to be traced in future by any children born from their eggs. We only accept egg donors who are aged up to 35, to ensure their eggs are of the best quality for you to use.

At Manchester Fertility eggs are collected from your chosen donor and all treatment is timed to match your own IVF cycle so the eggs are transferred to you at exactly the right time. We have excellent success for our patients using donor eggs. Our latest success ratesshow that almost half of women who used eggs from our donors achieved pregnancy.

If you wish to use a donor egg to have a family, you can begin treatment straight away. For more information, please contact us on 0845 268 2244 or get in touch with our Patient Advisors to book an appointment or tour our clinic.  

Last updated: 20th January 2020