Urogyn operates an active Egg Donor Program to provide women, who do not produce eggs or cannot use the eggs they produce, the opportunity to experience a pregnancy and to bear a child. By becoming an Egg Donor you will be giving another woman the opportunity to fulfil her dream of having a family. Your decision to join our Egg Donor Program is extremely important, and for this reason, we aim to provide you with as much information as you require. Our nurse coordinators are available to discuss any questions you may have about the program.
Who needs donor eggs?
Who can be an egg donor?
Women of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can become egg donors. This includes women of all different heights, shapes and sizes, as long as you meet the prerequisites below:
Types of donors
There are two main types of egg donation:
Known Donation: This is where a sister, relative or a friend is prepared to undergo IVF procedures to provide the eggs. The advantages of having a known donor are that the genetic origin is known and the waiting time for the treatment is significantly reduced.
Clinic Recruited Donation: This is where a woman voluntarily undergoes IVF procedures out of the goodness of their hearts to provide eggs for another woman. In the case of “Clinic Recruited Donation” the recipient does not know the donor, and the donor’s identity may remain unknown to the recipient. However, a donor must agree to consent to release identifying information (Name, Date of birth, address) to a donor conceived child. Due to the reduction in availability of clinic recruited donors, potential recipients are encouraged to find their own donor. In the case of a known donor who is over the age of 35 years, the recipient will be informed about the increased risk of problems, such as: miscarriage and the risk of chromosomal abnormalities i.e. Downs Syndrome. If the recipient opts to have oocytes from a donor in these circumstances this will be at the clinicians’ discretion
Becoming an egg donor – What is involved?
You and your partner will be asked to attend a consultation with the specialist where the medical procedures involved will be explained to you and all relevant medical details will be checked. A vaginal ultrasound examination is sometimes performed to check the normality of the ovaries and uterus.
Pathology Collection These tests are required as part of the routine screening process necessary prior to treatment. You (and your partner if applicable) will need to get the blood tests completed and the results will be forwarded to your specialist. Some of the screening blood tests required are:
It is important for women who are considering donating eggs and their partners to attend a counselling session. Counselling provides the opportunity to discuss treatment on a more personal level. It allows couples to raise issues that are more private, such as individual concerns, relationship difficulties, or current life situations that may affect the couple’s experience of treatment. Consideration relating to issues of a child’s future right, who has been conceived from donor gametes, to know their genetic background will be discussed.
Before the treatment can commence, the specialist and nurse coordinators will do final review on the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms to ensure everything is ready for the treatment to begin.
A healthy lifestyle is recommended prior and during donation of eggs. This includes a sensible approach to diet, exercise and alcohol. Eat a healthy, balanced diet with adequate protein, carbohydrates and fibre. You will be advised to stop smoking and restrict your alcohol prior to treatment. The nurse coordinator will inform you about the dates of commencement