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Becoming an egg donor

Are you interested in joining the army of egg donors, but are unsure on how to donate eggs? At Bridge we provide egg donation services for people to give life to those who struggle with fertility problems.

In the UK egg donors must normally:

  • Be aged between 18 and 35
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be fit and healthy with a BMI between 19 and 30
  • Have AMH (anti-mullerian hormone) levels within the normal range
  • Have no previous history of severe endometriosis
  • Have no history of low ovarian response to ovarian stimulation
  • Have both ovaries
  • Have no personal history of transmissible diseases
  • Have no untreated polycystic ovarian disease.
  • Be aware of the consequences of donation (counselling is always given before egg donation to understand the implications of treatment and transfer).  Although egg donors may be anonymous to their recipients, the donor conceived child can find out non-identifying information at 16 and identifying information about the donor at the age of 18.

Egg donation is when donors anonymously give their eggs to a recipient (or recipients) for altruistic reasons. They are not paid but can claim for expenses such as child care and travel costs. Expenses up to a maximum of £750 are regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

When a suitable match is found, the donor will start an IVF treatment cycle and the recipient will take hormones which prepare her uterus to receive the embryos. Once the eggs are collected from the donor, they are put with the sperm of the recipient's partner (or with donor sperm) and incubated in the usual way. If fertilisation occurs, the embryos are transferred directly into the recipient's uterus.

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