Egg Donation

Why is egg donation needed?
Some couples are unable to conceive because the woman is unable to produce eggs herself.
This may occur because her ovaries have never developed properly (eg. Turner’s Syndrome), because of ovarian failure (premature menopause) or following failed IVF treatments where the woman hasn’t produced enough eggs.
In some cases surgery or treatment for cancer (ie. radiotherapy or chemotherapy) may have resulted in the ovaries being unable to produce eggs.
Some women who carry a genetic disorder may risk passing it on to their child so they too look for treatment with donor eggs.
Who are potential donors?
An egg donor is a woman who donates her eggs for the use of another woman to enable her to have a child. Egg donors may be volunteer identifiable donors or they may be a friend or relative of the recipient. The donors should be between 18 and 35 years of age, be in good health and be able to provide a full medical history, including family history (children, siblings, parents and grandparents).
Egg donors must be carefully screened for inherited genetic diseases and medical conditions. They will also have an appointment to discuss the implications of being an egg donor and what the treatment involves before they are accepted as an egg donor.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority state that egg donors will receive appropriate compensation. Information will be given about this.
What is the waiting time for treatment?
We have a long waiting time for treatment because of the shortage of egg donors in our catchment area and we are not able to treat patients outside our catchment area (Lothian and Borders).
If you would like more information on becoming an egg donor or you would like to be screened as a potential egg donor we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please contact us at:
0131 242 2450 (Ciara McNamara or Susan Beattie)
Further information on donation is available on the HFEA website and the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) website.

Last Reviewed: 25/08/2016