Egg donation is often recommended if you are unable to produce your own eggs. This might be because:
- Your ovaries have become blocked, are absent, or the follicles have begun to run out
- You have reached the menopause (this can happen earlier than normal in some women)
- You have had treatment for cancer (radiotherapy or chemotherapy)
- Despite previous attempts at IVF, there has been poor embryo quality or failed fertilisation of the egg
- Fertility drugs during IVF have not enabled you to become pregnant with your own eggs
- You have a history of repeated miscarriages
- There is a genetic disorder which could be passed on to your children
Having an egg donation involves receiving eggs fertilised either with sperm from your partner, or donor sperm. You will be given hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to allow your cycle to be synchronised with that of the egg donor and so that your womb is ready to receive the embryos. The eggs are fertilised in our on-site laboratory and then transferred into your womb.
There are two types of egg donation:
- Known donation – this is where you know the person who is donating the eggs, who may be a family member or friend
- Unknown donation – the Agora has an egg donor programme using both altruistic donors and egg-sharers. Although it is called ‘unknown donation’ it is no longer anonymous since a change in the law in 2005. This means that children born as a result of egg or sperm donation in the UK have the right to access identifiable information about their donor once they reach the age of 18
We work with a private donor recruitment company, Altrui, who can help you to find a suitable donor, sometimes within a shorter waiting time. We also have close links with IVI Valencia, a fertility clinic in Spain that specialises in egg freezing and egg donation. Donation in Spain remains completely anonymous. We can also help you access legal advice.