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What is IVF with donor eggs

Egg donation is a form of fertility treatment used by women who are unable, for whatever reason, to use their own eggs to have a child. In egg donation, we use eggs that have been donated by an egg donor. The woman donating her eggs is known as the donor and the woman who receives the fertilized eggs (embryos) is known as the recipient.

CREATE Fertility offers access to high-quality donor eggs and a variety of donors. For ethnic minority egg recipients, and those who cannot find a suitable donor at CREATE, we partner with an international clinic. Through a combination of our UK and International programmes, we have access to egg donors with all characteristics and can offer you treatment with egg donation.

Who is it for?

Situations where you might consider using a donor egg are:

  • Women who do not produce their own eggs, for reasons such as age or premature menopause
  • Women who have a low chance of success using their own eggs
  • Women who are facing known fertility challenges
  • Women whose own eggs carry a risk of a genetic disorder
  • Where the function of the woman's ovaries has been impaired, for example in cases of cancer treatment

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What is the treatment process?

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?

Success
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Success
Success

The success rates for egg donation tend to be very good. We use only young, healthy women as donors, who are likely to have very high-quality eggs.

Safety
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Safety
Safety

Our treatment protocols are designed to minimise the use of drugs and reduce the risk of side effects for both you and your donor.

Health screening
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Health screening
Health screening

All egg donors complete a genetic and medical questionnaire.

Excess embryos can be frozen for future use
Excess embryos can be frozen for future use
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Excess embryos can be frozen for future use
Excess embryos can be frozen for future use

Any embryos of suitable quality that are not used in treatment can be frozen and stored for future use.

IVF with donor eggs costs from £5,600*

Our treatment package includes:

-Treatment consultation
-Monitoring scans for recipient and donor
-Egg collection for the donor
-Embryology
-Embryo transfer
-Early pregnancy scan

The cost of IVF using donor eggs will depend on your individual circumstances and your personalised treatment plan will be explained to you in more detail at your Initial Consultation.

We have various packages available to help patients with planning their treatment costs, if you wish to find out more please view our price guide or give us a call.

 

Required additions: There are costs of up to £3,300 which cover medication, blood tests, sedation, embryo freezing, storage and HFEA fees that are not included in the price stated above. The ‘average’ total cost of a treatment cycle is £8,900 (cost of the Cycle + the additional £3,300). 

 

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