If you need IVF treatment yourself for factors unrelated to female egg quality then there’s a way to receive significantly discounted private fertility treatment: egg sharing.
By agreeing to share your eggs with women who need them, not only do you receive cheaper fertility treatment yourself but you will also become an egg donor.
By taking part in the egg sharing scheme:
- you must meet the key egg donor criteria
- your legal parenthood status will be the same as other egg donors
- the information you shared with your clinic and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be stored and shared with donor-conceived offspring in the same way as other egg donors
- your identity can be made known to your donor-conceived offspring once they turn 18, regardless of whether your own treatment was successful
- you will be required to have implications counselling
- your IVF treatment cycle will go ahead as a typical IVF cycle except around half of your eggs will be kept for treatment for you and the other half will be given to your matched recipient.
In The Media
Over the last ten years there’s been an increase in egg and sperm donors coming forward in the UK. This didn’t happen by accident. Media coverage, in whatever way, shape or form, has an important role to play. The more media inches, the more awareness, the more donors come forward.
It is as simple as that.
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