Manchester women give hope to infertile couples

10th July 2012

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Women who need a donor egg to get pregnant usually face a long wait for a donor, but a leading Manchester infertility clinic is for the first time reporting no waiting list for treatment.

Manchester Fertility at Cheadle Royal, now have women ready and waiting to donate eggs for their patients who need them.

Egg donor numbers have swelled at the clinic due to increased applications from women wanting to donate since the new HFEA compensation rate of £750 came into effect, and from more women going through Manchester Fertility’ successful egg-sharing programme - where a woman receives a cycle of IVF at a subsidised rate in return for donating half of her eggs retrieved during treatment.

Gidon Lieberman of Manchester Fertility says: “The fact that we now have donors ready and waiting is amazing news for the many couples who need donor eggs to get pregnant. The compensation increase by the HFEA was designed to properly compensate women for the time, commitment and invasive nature of being an egg donor, and it’s definitely raised awareness of the need for donors and boosted applications.

“That, combined with the sheer number of women we have taking part in our egg-sharing programme – currently around 68 per cent of our egg-sharers get pregnant from their subsidised IVF cycle – means we have, for the first time, no waiting list for treatment with donor eggs.”

Typically in the UK women who need donor eggs have either had to join long waiting lists for treatment due to a lack of donors, or been forced abroad for treatment where donor eggs are more readily available because of higher payments to women for their eggs and the guarantee of anonymity for donors.

In the UK donor compensation is limited to £750 per cycle for egg donors – prior to April 1 it was £250 per cycle - and donors must agree to be identifiable to children who may wish to find out about them when they turn 18.

ENDS    July 2012

Notes to editors:

  • Manchester Fertility (, based in Manchester city centre, has over 25 years experience in treating all forms of infertility and is now one of the UK’s leading private infertility clinics 
  • Over 4,000 babies have been born to date thanks to the expertise of the team which includes embryologists, andrologists, urologists, consultants and counsellors, many of whom are leaders in their field 
  • Manchester Fertility treats all patients who need help to get pregnant, including single women and same-sex couples 
  • It has its own successful dedicated egg and sperm donor recruitment programme – the clinic has no waiting lists for donor sperm and all donors are from the UK 
  • Treatments at Manchester Fertility include IVF, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), egg-sharing, egg-freezing, sperm-freezing, intrauterine insemination, treatment using donor eggs and guidance with surrogacy 
  • Success rate for IVF patients who had blastocyst transfer in 2010 was 50% 
  • In a recent patient satisfaction survey, 100% of patients felt they had been treated with dignity and respect during their treatment at Manchester Fertility 
  • Manchester Fertility’ consultants work with patients to decide the best treatment option in an open, honest and transparent way – patients will only ever receive the treatment best suited to them and their unique needs; all costs are communicated clearly to patients with no ‘hidden extras’ 
  • Staff at the clinic are known for their personal, empathic approach and have a unique understanding of the ups and downs of fertility treatment thanks to years of experience in helping people overcome infertility.

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