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IVF treatment with donor eggs gives women who are unable to conceive the chance to have a family. The process is very similar to IVF treatment, except that the eggs used are from an egg donor.
At Manchester Fertility we have over 35 years of expertise in creating families through egg donation. Manchester Fertility is one of the only fertility clinics in the UK to have a dedicated UK egg donor programme.
We offer fresh and frozen donor eggs and a wide choice of donors for your treatment, from our own UK egg donor programme.
Our personalised approach means you will have a dedicated member of our team taking care of you throughout your treatment journey, providing you with all the support you need.
There are many reasons why donor eggs may be advised. This type of treatment is most commonly used because of:
If you are using fresh donor eggs, you will have hormone therapy to ensure that your menstrual cycle is synchronised with the donor’s cycle.
Treatment involves fertilising the fresh donor eggs with either partner sperm or donor sperm, with the best resulting embryo carefully transferred to your uterus for pregnancy.
If you are using frozen donor eggs, there is no delay in starting treatment as the eggs are already in our donor bank ready for use, with no need to synchronise donor and recipient cycles. Treatment focuses on preparing your body for pregnancy, so the embryo is transferred at exactly the right time.
With one of the largest and most successful donor egg banks in the country, we have an extensive range of egg donors of all characteristics for you to choose from.
All our egg donors are healthy women between the ages of 18 and 35, who donate to us through our award-winning Manchester Donors programme.
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Catherine and Bev, December 2017
Treatment begins with an initial consultation with a fertility specialist. Your fertility consultant will discuss your medical history to make sure that there are no existing factors that could affect treatment outcome and provide you with a fully costed and transparently-priced treatment plan. You will also have some blood tests and a scan at this appointment.
All patients using donor eggs are required to have counselling. Our experienced and friendly counsellors will talk you through all the implications of using an egg donor to conceive, so you can make an informed decision and give your consent to treatment.
Our Donation Team will provide you with a choice of egg donors that match your preferences, from our UK egg donor programme. You will be given the choice of using fresh or frozen donor eggs.
If you are using fresh donor eggs, your chosen donor undergoes ovarian stimulation and egg collection, whilst you take fertility medications to prepare your uterus for embryo transfer. A fresh donor eggs cycle requires careful synchronisation, so embryos are ready and transferred to you at exactly the right time.
If you are using frozen donor eggs, the eggs are thawed and prepared for fertilisation by our expert lab team, whilst your uterus is prepared for pregnancy using fertility medications.
A sample of either partner sperm or donor sperm is prepared. Donor eggs are inseminated via Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), which involves injecting a single healthy sperm into each egg.
We monitor the donor eggs for signs of fertilisation. This usually occurs 16-18 hours after insemination.
The created embryos are placed in an incubator where they grow in the lab for the next two to five days.Our embryologists keep you updated on the progress of your embryos and advise when your embryo transfer will take place.
The embryo chosen by our embryologists is transferred under ultrasound guidance into your uterus by our fertility consultants, in our specially-designed embryo transfer room.
Remaining embryos created from both fresh and frozen donor eggs can be frozen and stored for future use, if the first cycle is not successful or for sibling pregnancy.
You can take a home pregnancy test around two weeks after your embryo transfer. During this time, you will be supported by our clinic midwife. If your test is positive, you will be booked in for your pregnancy confirmation scan at 6-7 weeks of pregnancy.
We have consistent pregnancy rates for women of all ages using donor eggs, thanks to our focus on donor egg quality, embryo selection techniques and personalised treatment cycles. 56% of women using fresh donor eggs and 44% of women using frozen donor eggs from our donor bank achieve pregnancy with us. (January to December 2019).
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 rates per Embryo Transfer
Clinical pregnancy rates per Embryo Transfer
Treatment costs vary depending on whether you are using fresh or frozen donor eggs and partner or donor sperm.
Treatment with fresh donor eggs using partner sperm costs from £9450* for a single cycle. This includes:
Treatment with frozen donor eggs using partner sperm costs from £7,000* for a single cycle. This includes:
Or you can choose to fund treatment with donor eggs through a package, which gives you fixed-cost peace of mind and the reassurance of multiple cycles to help you conceive.
* You will be given a full breakdown of your treatment costs at your consultation.
Choosing your egg donor is one of the biggest and most important decisions to make. Our Donation Team is here to help. First tell us what characteristics you would like your egg donor to have – such as physical appearance, ethnicity, or any other preferences – and we then search our UK egg donor programme for suitable matches.
We aim to give you at least two choices. You’ll be given full donor profiles to help you choose, which tell you all about the donors. Our donor profiles include a personal pen picture written by the donor herself and a goodwill message from the donor to your child.
All these details help to give you a good idea of the type of person the donor is, so you can make a confident and informed choice. We also know our donors well as we support them through our donor programme, so can give you additional and useful personal insight.
Counselling is mandatory for donor treatment because there are all kinds of things you need to think about when using an egg donor to conceive. Such as how you might tell your child in future how they came to be born, what rights they have to trace their donor if they wish to, and what rights you have as a parent.
Counselling helps you to understand all of this, so you can look forward to having your baby and feel prepared for the future. Counselling is all about supporting and helping you, and it is a very valued and vital part of treatment for people using donor eggs.
We guarantee six eggs from your chosen donor for your treatment cycle. The eggs we provide are of the highest quality for your best chance of pregnancy. This is because of the tailored stimulation protocols we use for our egg donors, which concentrate on safe and individualised stimulation for each donor, for a good number of quality eggs.
You can have fertility treatment with us up to the age of 50.
We make sure you have as much information as possible about your egg donor. So our donor profiles include:
Donor profiles do not contain anything that identifies your donor, as your donor is anonymous to you.
If your treatment is successful you can also find out if your donor has helped anyone else to have a family and if your child has any donor siblings, via the HFEA.