Egg sharing guide
Donating eggs during IVF - is it right for you?
Do you need IVF and want to help others have the chance of having a family? Egg sharing could be for you.
By donating half of the eggs we retrieve during your treatment cycle to our donor programme, you will be helping someone who needs donor eggs to have a family.
You will be supported throughout your egg sharing cycle by our Donation Team and you can either choose to have IVF straight away as a fresh cycle or defer your IVF cycle by freezing your eggs.
Egg sharing eligibility
To join our egg-sharing programme, you must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:
- Aged 35 and under
- A normal weight range with a BMI of between 19-29
- An Anti-Mullerian Hormone result >16.00 pmol/l
- No personal or family history of inheritable disease
- Willing to undergo screening tests for medical conditions
- Not put yourself at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- A non-smoker
- Have no history of previous poor response to ovarian stimulation or more than two failed IVF attempts
- Know (or be able to find out) your medical history and that of your immediate family - children, siblings, parents and grandparents
- Agree to be registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as an egg donor
- Be willing to be identified to any resulting children in the future
- Not knowingly omit any relevant information which could affect the health of any children born as a result of your donation
Egg Sharing - What's included:
Your IVF egg sharing package is designed to maximise your chance of pregnancy.
As you have made the decision to share half of your eggs in your IVF cycle, we can offer treatment to you at a cost of £1,500 plus £395 for a consultation and all the necessary pre-treatment tests.
- Pre-treatment consultation and all necessary screening tests
- Current HFEA licence fee
- The standard necessary drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce mature eggs
- Treatment planning
- Stimulation monitoring (blood tests/ultrasound)
- Ultrasound-guided egg retrieval
- Freezing of your eggs using the latest ‘fast-freeze’ vitrification method
- One year’s storage of your eggs at our clinic
You will be asked to complete the egg sharing application and medical questionnaire. Our team reviews your application to see if you meet the criteria.
Ovarian reserve check
If the information that you provide meets the required criteria, you will be booked in for blood tests to check your AMH level and a scan so that we can take a look at your ovaries.
Scans and counselling
If the results from your tests meet our required criteria, we will arrange some further appointments which will include mandatory counselling appointments, which can be carried out via Skype if you prefer.
Consultation and consent
A fertility consultant will take you through the results of your tests; consent forms are also completed. Screening blood tests are also taken at this appointment.
An egg sharing cycle is very similar to an IVF cycle. Once you are ready to start treatment, our team will prepare your treatment plan that is personalised for you.
When you egg share, half of the eggs collected will be donated to our frozen egg bank. This makes the process of egg sharing much easier and you can start treatment as soon as you are ready.
Egg sharing and counselling
Counselling is already included in IVF treatment, but when you egg share as part of your cycle it is mandatory.
All egg donors must have counselling before donation, so we can discuss all the implications that you need to think about, including those unique to egg sharing.
Find out more about egg sharing, donating eggs and IVF treatment in the blog section of our Learning Centre.
You do not need a referral for an appointment with us. You can self-refer.
Firstly visit the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s website (HFEA) for a list of registered clinics local to you. Then ring up the fertility clinic and ask for brochures or information, or visit the clinic’s website. Don’t be afraid to go and tour the clinic. At Manchester Fertility you can book in for an informal, free 'one-to-one' appointment so that you can come and visit us, our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
IVF costs vary depending on which clinic you choose. You will need to pay for the initial consultation, any pre-treatment tests or scans, and then for the actual treatment itself and any necessary medications. For more details, see our prices page.
Yes, we welcome many same-sex couples through our doors for pregnancy help, in fact we have a great reputation for it - whether you need treatment with donor sperm or donor eggs. For information about the fertility treatments we offer to help you, visit our donation section.
Secondary infertility – the inability to have a second or third child despite have a successful pregnancy before – is not uncommon. But you may be worrying over nothing. Remember, infertility isn’t defined until you have been having regular, unprotected intercourse for up to two years without falling pregnant, so it could just be that this time it’s taking longer than before to conceive. Your age could also be a factor, remember that fertility starts to decline from age 30 onwards and even more so from age 35. But if you think you need fertility help, don’t hesitate seeing your GP or contact us,
Local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) decide whether to fund IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment on the NHS. Guidance from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that up to three IVF cycles should be available on the NHS if:
- the woman is aged between 23 and 39 at the time of treatment, and
- one or both of you has been diagnosed with a fertility problem (such as having no sperm or both fallopian tubes blocked), or
- you have been infertile for more than three year
Women aged 40-42 who have not conceived after two years of regular, unprotected sex or after 12 cycles of artificial insemination should be offered one IVF cycle if the following criteria are met:
- they have never previously had IVF treatment
- there has no evidence fertility problems due to a low amount of eggs (low ovarian reserve)
- there has been a discussion of the risks of IVF and pregnancy at this age
Implementation of this guidance by CCGs currently varies as it is only guidance and not mandatory and some CCGs apply additional criteria that affect access to NHS-funded IVF treatment. You can find out more on the NHS website.
No, we do not offer fertility treatment on the NHS as we are a wholly private fertility clinic. However certain Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will consider allowing you to transfer the funding for your NHS IVF cycles to us. If you’re eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS, you may be able to Transferring your NHS funded IVF treatment unit but would firstly need to discuss this with your CCG. More information can be found from Fertility Network UK.
No, there is no waiting list for fertility treatment with us. This includes IVF and ICSI treatment, donor sperm, donor eggs, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. We also have our own successful egg-sharing programme.
Yes, we do infertility procedures for women up to the age of fifty. However, you need to consider the fact that live birth rates for older women in their mid-40s, who wish to use their own eggs to conceive, is generally extremely low. Your options will include ovarian stimulation, and intrauterine insemination or IVF. Dependent upon your individual case, you may need to consider using donor eggs to get pregnant. For more details, call us on 0161 300 2730. You can also read our Guide for Older Women.
Being flexible with our opening times is vital for our patients at Manchester Fertility. We always aim to see you at times convenient to you. Our current opening times are shown on our contact page. You will always see the most appropriate staff member for your needs.
EmbryoGlue is not a treatment we charge extra for – we use it as a supplement to the culture media used in the development of your embryo in our laboratory. We started using it because studies have shown it helps improve the chances of pregnancy by encouraging your embryo to implant successfully. It is a culture medium that mimics the natural molecules and fluids you’d find in your own body if you were going through pregnancy naturally.
Your embryo is placed into the EmbryoGlue just prior to transfer – and the properties it contains helps the embryo ‘stick’ to your uterus. Once an embryo transfer is carried out, we can never guarantee it will successfully implant for pregnancy – but 13 separate studies have concluded that the use of EmbryoGlue, thanks to its high levels of hyaluronan, increases both clinical pregnancy rates and live births. And so we now use EmbryoGlue for all embryo transfers at no extra cost to you. For more information about EmbryoGlue, you can visit this link.
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