IVF with donor eggs

The egg donation process, uses eggs that have been donated anonymously by an egg donor. In other respects, treatment proceeds in the same fashion as our usual IVF protocols.

If your would like to find out more about IVF treatment using donor eggs please download our free guide below.


What is IVF with donor eggs?

Using donor eggs is a form of IVF treatment used by women who are unable to use their own eggs to have a baby. The woman donating her eggs is known as the donor and the woman who receives the fertilized eggs (embryos) is known as the recipient.

Who is suitable for egg donor treatment?

Egg donation is most suitable to women who are unable to use their own eggs to have a child. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • The woman does not produce her own eggs, for reasons such as older age or premature menopause
  • The woman's own eggs carry a risk of genetic disorder
  • The function of the woman's ovaries has been impaired, for example because of cancer treatment.
IVF using donor eggs

What is the process of having treatment with donor eggs?

You will come into the clinic for a Initial Consultation & Scan where the doctor will perform an internal scan to assess your womb and the womb lining. You will then have a consultation where the doctor will go through your medical history and devise a personalised treatment plan. The next step will be to come in for a treatment consultation with a nurse. At this point the nurse will discuss your treatment plan with you and help to match you with a donor.

Known donor:

For treatment with a known donor, you and your donor will take medication for a number of weeks and both of you will also come in to the clinic for monitoring scans. The eggs will then be collected from the donor’s ovaries under sedation and mixed with your partners sperm or donor sperm in the laboratory. A few days later the fertilised eggs will be transferred into your womb.

UK donor:

In the nurses consultation you will go through the list of available donors and the nurse will help to match you with a donor. You will then take medication to thicken the lining of the uterus and prepare it for implantation. Doctors will assess the thickness of the lining with scans every few days. Once you are ready for the embryos to be implanted, the donor eggs will be fertilised with your partner’s sperm or donor sperm in the laboratory and transferred into your womb.

International donor:

After consulting with the doctor you will meet with a nurse and complete donor matching forms in order to find a suitable donor. You will then take some medication to prepare your womb for implantation and come into the clinic for scans to assess the womb lining. Once the womb has been prepared for the embryo transfer you will travel to the egg bank where the donor eggs are held. Here the male partner will provide a semen sample. This will be used to fertilise the eggs which will then be transferred into your womb.

What are the advantages of using donor eggs?

The success rates for donor eggs tends to excellent. We use only young, healthy women as donors, who are likely to have very high quality eggs.

  • Our treatment protocols are designed to use lower doses of medication to achieve a mild response and this means lower side effects and a lower risk of complications for both you and your donor.
  • Our lower drug treatments mean that the eggs are collected and put back in as natural environments as possible. This can improve the quality of the eggs and improves the womb environment for implantation.
  • Any embryos of suitable quality that are not used in treatment can be frozen and stored for future use.

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