What is Egg Sharing?
If you wish to help other women by donating your eggs, you may wish to consider our Egg Sharing scheme. This is altruistic donation, and you will be offered counselling.
Sharing your eggs means donating half of the eggs collected in your IVF cycle to another woman who cannot conceive with her own eggs.
An Egg Sharing cycle costs £750* and before you start treatment will need to be aware of the financial, regulatory, legal and clinical details involved, before making an informed decision.
*If you need ICSI, there is a charge of £600 for this treatment (less than half the usual cost).
If you have any questions about egg sharing or how to start treatment please contact our experienced team who will be happy to help.
How does egg sharing work?
Egg sharing offers you the opportunity to help 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.
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.
You’ll receive one IVF cycle, scans and blood tests free of charge, and pay £750* towards screening and medication.
- pre-treatment screening tests
- monitoring scans
- clinical advice
- egg collection
- embryo transfer
- early pregnancy test and scan
- review consultation
- blood tests
- HFEA fees
*If you need ICSI, there is a charge of £600 for this treatment (half the usual cost).
Frequently asked questions
You will need to pay the full price for your Initial Consultation and Scan, but if you complete an egg sharing cycle then you will receive a refund for the cost of your baseline scan, which is half of the cost of your Initial Consultation and Scan.
To ensure that we collect enough good quality eggs for both you and the receiver of your eggs, we require our egg sharers to have an AMH level of at least 20, and an Antral Follicle Count of at least 20. These will both be assessed as part of your Initial Consultation.
Yes, we need to collect a minimum of 8 eggs in order for you to be an egg sharer.
There are several options for you:
- You can continue with your IVF cycle, but you will need to pay the additional £2,000 cycle cost
- You can discontinue with your IVF cycle and your eggs will be discarded. But you won’t receive a refund for the £750 already paid
- You can choose to freeze your collected eggs at our standard freezing and storage fees and use them at a later date.
If you need to have ICSI, this will cost £600, half the usual cost of £1,200. Any other additional treatments such as freezing and storage of additional embryos will be charged at our usual price.
Egg sharing, step by step
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.
You’ll have your baseline scan with a fertility specialist 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. Your results will be discussed during your Initial Consultation, and if you meet the criteria, you can start your treatment when you’re ready
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two weeks after your embryo transfer, you will have a pregnancy test to check for pregnancy to determine whether your treatment has been successful.
What happens after I share my eggs?
After sharing, your eggs will be stored before they’re matched with a recipient.
The women who receive your eggs won’t have any information that could identify you personally, but we do provide basic information about you to help recipients looking for a match. You can also write a pen picture of yourself, and a goodwill message for the recipient of the eggs you donated. If you want to, you’re entitled to know about any babies born as a result of your donation. You won’t be given any personal details, but you can be told whether the baby is a boy or a girl, and the year they were born.