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What is Egg Sharing?

Sharing your eggs means donating half of the eggs collected in your IVF cycle to another woman who cannot conceive with her own eggs. In return, you’ll receive your cycle of treatment for free, paying only £500* towards medication and tests, saving you £2,000 on treatment.

*If you need ICSI, there is a charge of £500 for this treatment (less than half the usual cost of up to £1,100).

If you have any questions about egg sharing or how to start treatment please contact our experienced team who will be happy to help.

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Why share my eggs?

Egg sharing offers you the chance to receive your own IVF treatment in the most cost-effective way possible, whilst helping another woman with the life-changing gift of donor eggs they need to achieve their dream of becoming a mother.

There is a huge shortage of donor eggs in the UK. For women who have a low egg reserve, those who have experienced an early menopause, or been made infertile after life-saving cancer treatment, donor eggs offer the only hope of conception.

How does egg sharing work?

In an egg sharing cycle, you donate half the eggs you produce in one treatment cycle to someone who needs them, and keep the other half for your own IVF treatment. The savings to the cost of treatment will apply to the cycle in which the eggs are collected

Everyone benefits: as the donor, you can access the treatment you need to give you the best chance of a successful pregnancy, and recipients get a chance to be a mother by using donor eggs.

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Who can be an egg sharer?

Our egg sharing programme is open to all women, including heterosexual and lesbian couples, and single women. You need to meet the following criteria:

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You should be aged between 18 and 35

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Your BMI must be between 18 and 30

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A clear medical history and no genetic or hereditary disorders (such as Type 1 Diabetes)

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You must be a non-smoker (i.e. you haven’t smoked in the last three months)

In terms of your fertility health you should have:

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Good egg reserve

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No previous history of low ovarian response to ovarian stimulation for IVF

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Both ovaries in place

**Clinical criteria applies

Success rates

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Clinical pregnancies per embryo transferred | IVF & ICSI | Under 35 | Jan 18 - Dec 18 | abc ivf patients | CREATE Fertility St. Paul's

Our founder and Medical Director, Dr Geeta Nargund, has been pioneering techniques to deliver high quality fertility treatment at affordable prices for over 20 years, and we’re proud of our success.

Our knowledge and experience mean we can do everything to maximise success for all our egg sharing women and our results are some of the highest in the UK.

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What’s included?

You’ll receive one IVF cycle, blood & screening test free of charge, and only pay £500* towards medication, saving you £2,000. *If you need ICSI, there is a charge of £500 for this treatment (less than half the usual cost of up to £1,100).

  • pre-treatment screening tests
  • monitoring scans
  • clinical advice
  • egg collection
  • embryology
  • embryo transfer
  • early pregnancy test and scan
  • review consultation
  • blood tests
  • screening
  • HFEA fees
  • sedation
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Egg sharing, step by step

Step 1: Get in touch

Call or email us to talk us about egg sharing and what that means. You can ask our team any questions you have, and we will talk through your medical history, and then set up the next appointment to suit you.

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Step 2: Your initial appointment and scan

You’ll have a 60-minute appointment with a specialist Consultant, who will assess your fertility health using a detailed fertility scan. They will take a blood sample to check your hormone levels and screen for any conditions that might prevent you from sharing your eggs. We’ll contact you within a few days with the results, and if you meet the criteria, you can start your treatment when you’re ready.

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Step 3: Speak to a specialist fertility counsellor

It’s important you are comfortable with every aspect of the sharing process, including the possibility that a recipient of your egg may get pregnant and your treatment might be unsuccessful, and that children born of your donation have the right to access identifying information about you once they turn the age of 18. Counselling is important, and our team will be with you every step of the way. You will also be provided with a copy of the egg sharing consent form and agreement with us, setting out all the terms of the arrangement: this will need to be signed by you before treatment commences. We will go through the agreement with you to ensure you fully understand the details and can make an informed decision.

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Step 4: Getting ready

From here the treatment is very similar to a standard IVF cycle and our results show that egg sharing doesn’t affect your treatment success rates in any way. At the treatment consultation our Nurse Consultant will talk you through the medication you’ll need and show you how to use it.

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Step 5: Monitoring scans and blood tests

During treatment, you will be closely monitored with scans and blood tests as appropriate, so we know the right time to collect your eggs. Each appointment takes around 20 minutes and you’ll have around two to three scans during your treatment cycle.

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Step 6: Egg collection and sharing

When our scans suggests that your egg sacks appear to be mature, you’ll take a trigger injection in preparation for the egg collection procedure. Our IVF Consultant will collect the eggs from your ovaries. The procedure takes around 45 minutes and takes place under sedation. After we collect your eggs, they’ll be divided equally, half for your treatment and half for donation. If we collect an odd number of eggs, the extra egg will go to you. We talk you through all of the details before you go ahead to be sure you are fully aware of the range of possible outcomes.

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Step 7: Embryology

Your own IVF treatment continues in the normal way. The collected eggs and sperm are fertilised in the lab and fertilisation and embryo development will be carefully monitored by the embryology team.

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Step 8: Embryo transfer

Three or five days after egg collection, depending on each individual case, the embryo/s will be ready to be transferred into your womb. The Embryo Transfer procedure usually takes around 30 minutes, and does not require sedation.

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Step 9: Pregnancy blood test

Two weeks after your embryo transfer, you will have a blood test to check for pregnancy to determine whether your treatment has been successful.

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