At Manchester Fertility, we offer several funding options to help make IVF more affordable for you; one of these options is egg sharing.
If you choose to share your eggs, this will help lower the cost of your IVF treatment and, at the same time, help another patient achieve their dream of starting a family.
In an egg sharing cycle, half of the eggs that are collected will be donated to a patient who needs donor eggs to conceive. The other half of the eggs will be used by you in your IVF cycle.
Egg sharing is an option if you want to reduce your IVF costs as your IVF cycle will be discounted making treatment more affordable for you. It’s a way for us to say thank you and enables you to help others start a family.
Intra-partner egg-sharing can be a powerful, shared experience for same-sex couples.
Also known as shared motherhood, partner IVF gives both partners a vital role to play in the conception and birth of their baby. One partner will provide the eggs, which are fertilised using donor sperm and the other partner has an embryo replaced and carries the pregnancy.
Our egg donor programme has developed an excellent reputation with partner egg sharing for same-sex couples, and we have helped many couples to achieve their dream of parenthood.
Egg sharing follows the same steps as a standard IVF treatment, but some of the eggs collected during the cycle will go to help another patient in their IVF cycle.
Initial appointment and testing
If you meet all of the required eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend an initial appointment, where we will discuss what’s involved in becoming an egg sharer. We will take a sample of your blood to test your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level and a urine sample to test for nicotine, and you will have a vaginal ultrasound scan.
Consultation with a fertility specialist
Your fertility specialist will discuss the results of your tests so we can personalise your IVF cycle for your best chance of success. You will also have some blood tests in preparation for starting your treatment. If you are intra-partner egg sharing, your partner will also need to have blood tests and an ultrasound scan).
Counselling is an essential and vital part of being an egg sharer. Before your treatment starts, you’ll meet one of our expert counsellors to make sure you understand the implications of donating eggs. You will also have access to a Counsellor throughout your treatment.
Consent and egg donor pen profile
You’ll need to fill in some forms that give your consent for some of your eggs to be donated. You’ll also be invited to write an anonymous profile of yourself to help women who are looking for an egg donor decide if you’re the donor for them. The profile won’t contain any identifying details about you.
The first stage of IVF is ovarian stimulation. This involves using tailored doses of fertility, medication to help you produce mature eggs.
You will be invited into the clinic to have your eggs collected. This is a procedure which takes place under light sedation. You will rest for a short time afterwards on our ward where you will be cared for by our nursing team. You will be able to go home the same morning.
Sharing of eggs
The eggs for your own treatment will be inseminated by one of our embryologists. They will use partner sperm or donor sperm to produce embryos for transfer. If you are choosing to defer treatment your eggs will be frozen and stored in our egg bank. The eggs that you are generously donating are frozen and stored in our donor egg bank too.
Manchester Fertility is one of the first and most experienced fertility clinics in the UK, creating families for over 30 years. Our specialist team will provide you with expert care and essential one-on-one support throughout your journey.
We focus on achieving pregnancy for both our egg sharers and donor egg recipients, using the most advanced fertility and IVF techniques. You can see our latest IVF success rates here.
“Dreams do happen and my little girl is proof of that”
Donna and William
“Our hearts are bursting at the seams with love for him and our life is now complete.”
Tiffany and Jen
“From the first moment we came in we had nothing but help and support”
Lauren & Aaron, August 2019
As you have so kindly chosen to share your eggs, in return, your IVF treatment is provided at a reduced cost of £1,000*, plus £395 for a consultation and all the necessary pre-treatment tests.
Your IVF cycle will include:
- All of the fertility medications that you will need for your cycle of treatment
- A planned cycle which is tailored for you by your consultant
- An appointment with a member of our nursing team who will teach you how to administer your medication
- Blood tests & monitoring scans that are required during your treatment cycle
- Ultrasound-guided egg collection and sedation
- Sperm preparation and insemination of eggs including ICSI
- EmbryoScope time-lapse embryo selection
- Embryo transfer using EmbryoGlue
- Pregnancy scan or follow-up consultation
- HFEA licence fee
If you wish to egg share and then freeze your eggs for IVF treatment at a later date, your IVF cycle includes:
- Fertility medications
- Cycle planning
- Injection teaching
- Blood tests and monitoring scans
- Ultrasound-guided egg collection and sedation
- Freezing of your eggs using the latest ‘fast-freeze’ vitrification method
- One year’s storage of your eggs at our clinic
- HFEA licence fee
* You will be given a full breakdown of costs at your consultation.
We have a team of specialist counsellors that provide help and support through every step of the egg sharing process.
Counselling is particularly important when it comes to egg sharing, as there are important issues to consider. Such as ‘what will children born as a result of my donation know about me’ and ‘what will the recipients of my eggs know about me?’. It’s also common for people becoming egg sharers to consider the number of eggs that must be collected to be able to egg share.
Fertility treatment can be emotionally challenging, but it can become more complicated if, for example, the woman who receives your donor egg gets pregnant, and you don’t.
There’s also a chance that any child or children conceived with your donation will try to contact you when they turn 18. Although you will not have the opportunity to meet or interact with the woman who receives your donated eggs, we will be able to tell you if a baby boy or girl was born from your donation.
Choosing to share your eggs is a serious decision. This is why we have an experienced team to give you all of the information you need when you are considering this treatment, from the advice to the support you need at every stage.
The results in the graph below show our IVF success rates for couples using their eggs who reached embryo transfer in 2018.
At Manchester Fertility, we treat a wide range of patients, including those with complex fertility issues, where the chances of success are typically lower. Our results are consistent with HFEA national data thanks to our personalised, patient-focused approach to IVF.
To see more of our results data, which has been verified by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, please visit the HFEA website.
Clinical pregnancy rate for IVF & ICSI by embryo transfer
If you aren’t ready yet but know that you want to pursue IVF treatment in the future, you can freeze your share of the eggs.
An egg sharing and freezing cycle cost £1,500, which includes pre-treatment scans, medication, egg collection, and freezing for up to one year. You can choose to store your eggs for up to 10 years.
When you are ready for treatment, your eggs will be thawed and fertilised. For more information about egg freezing costs and success rates, speak to a member of our expert team.
Your eggs are shared equally – however if an odd number of eggs are collected, then this extra egg will go to you.
We always want to give you the best chance of success and so that we can do this we need to collect a minimum of twelve eggs.
Counselling is already included in IVF treatment, but when you egg share as part of your cycle, it is mandatory as you are choosing to be an egg donor too.
We will discuss all the implications that you need to think about, including the fact that you are identifiable to any children born once they reach the age of 18.
You can choose to use donor sperm to fertilise your frozen eggs if you don’t have a partner. We don’t have a waiting list for donor sperm and can offer you a choice of UK sperm donors from our own Semovo Sperm bank, to help you begin your family when you are ready.
Yes, as you are an egg donor through egg sharing, you have the right to find out if a baby has been born from your eggs, the year of birth, and its gender.
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