Mrs Carlyle

Is egg donation available in the UK for a 50 yr old healthy lady who hasn't started the menopause?

Our Expert's Answer

This information was published 7 years, 2 months ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices or regulations.

Please note that all the answers we give are on a generic basis only, as we cannot provide more in-depth answers without access to your medical history. If you need a more detailed response, tailored to you, we would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Specialists for more comprehensive medical advice.

Due to the stringent criteria outlined by the HFEA, not all women are able to donate their eggs. To become an egg donor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be aged between 18 and 35 -. Generally, natural fertility and egg quality starts to decline when you reach 35
  • You need to have a clear medical history with no genetic or hereditary disorders You need to be willing to attend regular clinic appointments, including counselling, to ensure you fully understand the implications of donating your eggs
  • You need to consent that any child born from your eggs can find out about you, if they wish to, when they turn 18. This follows a change in the law in 2005, which gave donor-conceived children the right to find out about their background