Help another woman by egg sharing
CREATE Fertility runs a shared donor egg program which aims to help both women who are unable to use their own eggs for IVF treatment and women who cannot afford to fund their treatment. This program allows egg sharing with women who are unable to produce their own eggs whilst also proceeding with your own free treatment cycle.
What is egg sharing?
Egg sharing enables women who are willing to share their eggs to have fertility treatment for no cost. The treatment cycle is carried out exactly as it would be otherwise, but after the egg collection half of them are given to an egg recipient who pays the cost of treatment. If there is an odd number of eggs collected then you will be able to decide whether you or the recipient receives the remaining egg.
The program is offered for women under 36 years-old with a normal egg reserve who are willing to participate in egg sharing.
What are the advantages of egg sharing?
- Helping another woman/couple: Most of our patients understand the pain of infertility, and for many of them the egg sharing process and assisting others to become parents is very rewarding.
- Safe: We adhere to mild, safer stimulation protocols for all of our patients, meaning that the risk of side effects is reduced.
- Low cost: The bulk of the treatment cost is paid for by the egg recipient, meaning that this is the cheapest form of IVF treatment available.
What is the egg sharing process?
The egg sharing process is much the same as that for standard Mild IVF treatment.
- The first step is to come in for an initial scan and consultation. At this appointment the doctor devise a personalised treatment plan.
- After this, you will come in 2 weeks before the start of your period to meet with a nurse. They will talk you through your treatment, teach you how to take your medication and go through the consent forms.
- You will then call up on the first day of your period to book in your first scan. This will probably be on day 5 or 6, but could be earlier or later depending on the advice of the doctor. After the first scan, there will be around 2 or 3 more scans, usually performed every other day.
- The egg collection is usually performed on around day 12; this is carried out under sedation. Half of the eggs will be given to the egg recipient or frozen for their later use. The eggs that have been allocated to you will be fertilised and your embryo transfer will take place a few days later.
What are the criteria for egg sharing?
To be considered for egg sharing you must be under the age of 36, with a good egg reserve, no history of heritable disease in the family and you are doing this on a altruistic basis. Your suitability will be assessed at initial consultation with one of our doctors and advised to have counselling.
Egg sharing may be appropriate for you if:
- you have blocked fallopian tubes
- a male factor infertility in the presence of normal egg reserve
- you are a lesbian couple or single woman