Becoming an egg donor is one of the most generous and rewarding acts a woman can do. We understand it takes outstanding commitment and kindness, which is why our friendly team of experts continue to make our egg donors journey the best it can be.
If you would like to donate your eggs, we provide only the highest quality care to all of our amazing egg donors. We give you the information you need to help you decide if egg donation is right for you and support you every step of the way, from your application to donation.
For many women, using donor eggs is their only hope of getting pregnant. Around one in seven couples may struggle to conceive naturally.
There are several reasons why women need donor eggs. Some women need to use donor eggs because of age-related fertility issues. Others may have gone through early menopause or had cancer treatment. They may also be at risk of passing on a genetic condition to their children.
Using donated eggs means these women have an opportunity to have a family of their own.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) sets out specific criteria for donating their eggs.
To become an egg donor, you must:
- Be aged 18 to 35.
- Have a healthy BMI of between 19 and 29.
- Have a clear medical history with no genetic or hereditary disorders (such as Type 1 Diabetes).
- Be a non-smoker for at least three months, including e-cigarettes.
- Be able to share your medical history and the medical history of your immediate biological family, including children, siblings, parents, and grandparents.
- Be willing to possibly change your current contraception if you're currently using the Mirena coil or implant.
- Be willing to attend regular clinical appointments and counselling to ensure you fully understand the implications of donating your eggs and any questions or concerns you may have.
- Be required to give your consent that any child born from your eggs has the opportunity to find out who you are if they wish when they turn 18 years old.
- If you have recently had a baby, we ask that you wait six months after giving birth to give your body a chance to recover, and you can't be breastfeeding or pregnant while donating.
Manchester Fertility is one of the leading fertility treatment clinics in the UK, and our Manchester Donor team of experts provide only the highest quality care to all our egg donors.
Our friendly, experienced team of donor specialists and nurses, and fertility counsellors will always put you first, offering valuable support and guidance to help you feel as comfortable as possible. When you become an egg donor through Manchester Donors, we can assure you that:
- You will get dedicated personal support from our Donor Programme Assistants Stephanie, Carrieanne and Nicola right through your donation journey, from initial enquiry to donation.
- You will get counselling sessions with our experienced counsellors to ensure you fully understand the implications of donating your eggs to make sure the decision is the right one for you.
Meet all our Manchester Donors friendly expert team here.
Apply to donate
Submit an application to check you meet the criteria.
A member of our donor team will talk you through what's involved and discuss the next steps.
We'll invite you into the clinic for a blood test, or we can send you a home kit to test your Anti-Mullerian Hormone levels and confirm that you're not a smoker.
You'll also be invited to attend a virtual counselling session to discuss the implications of becoming an egg donor.
Assuming there are no problems, you'll be invited to meet virtually with one of our consultants to discuss your family medical history.
Ultrasound scan and blood tests
You'll need to come to the clinic for an ultrasound scan and blood tests.
If your test results are positive and you meet the rest of the screening criteria, you'll be registered as a donor with the HFEA.
Matching you with a recipient
You will be asked to write a 'pen picture' and a goodwill message, which will help recipients decide if you are a good match.
Virtual preparation appointment
Once you are matched up, you'll be invited to a virtual preparation appointment where you will learn to self-administer required medication.
You will be monitored closely once your cycle has begun. In the final two weeks, you'll be asked to come to the clinic for a scan and a blood test so we can make sure your ovaries are responding well and anticipate when your eggs will be ready for collection.
You will be invited to the clinic for egg collection. This procedure will usually take place in the morning, under local anaesthetic and oral sedation. You won't need to stay overnight.
You'll receive £750 in compensation for your time and expenses.
Egg donors can receive compensation of up to £750 per donation 'cycle' to cover time and expenses.
By choosing to become an egg donor, you can help change someone's life and reach their dreams. It is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things you can do.
We know becoming a donor isn't an easy decision to make. It takes great kindness, empathy, and commitment to give the gift of life. That's why Manchester Fertility has a dedicated donor team to be with you at every step of your donation.
If you're ready to become an egg donor, you can complete our online application form, or you can speak to one of our friendly Donor Programme Assistant's Stephanie, Carrieanne or Nicola to get more information on 0161 300 2734.
"I was treated with the greatest care during my stay at the clinic, and I've also been under their care after my egg donation. I have to say they have a have highly trained team in every department. If I could choose again, I would donate my eggs again at this clinic without thinking twice." - Kamila
"My whole experience with the Manchester Donors Team has been one of pleasure and ease. Everyone has been so wonderful and supportive, and anytime I had questions or concerns, the team has been quick to provide me with the information and make me feel at ease. Many thanks to everyone on the team." - Molly
Yes. There is no evidence to suggest that donating your eggs will affect your future fertility. The only eggs we will collect are the ones that you would have naturally lost that month.
You should have no nicotine in your system for at least three months before submitting a donor application as we cannot accept anyone that smokes to become an egg donor.
To calculate your BMI, you'll need to know your height and weight. You can check it by visiting our BMI calculator here in our FAQ section. To become an egg donor, your BMI should be between 19 and 29.
As you are required to register as a donor with HFEA, you will be identifiable to any child born you have been a donor for - when they reach 18, if they wish.
You will have no legal rights or responsibilities to children born from your donation. The recipients will be their legal parents, and you won't be required to pay anything towards their care, now or in the future.
You can donate more than once. Under the ten-family limit rule, any single egg donor can only create a maximum of 10 families from her eggs.