Sometimes the journey of fertility is not as straight forward as we’d like it to be, and we have to open our minds to other ways of pursuing motherhood and parenthood.
Egg Donation is a fertility approach that can be used in different circumstances: when a couple doesn’t have enough or good quality eggs or when a male same-sex couple wants to pursue with surrogacy.
Considering and going ahead with egg donation is a huge step and couples need to make sure they are ready to this alternative plan where the child is genetically related to both parents.
Egg Donation Cycle: what does it involve for the donor?
1- Supression/down regulation: daily injection or nasal spray for 2 to 4 weeks or 10 to 14 days)
During this first phase, the donor will supress her ovaries with either injections or nasal spray. Regular scans and blood tests will show if she is responding to the medication as expected.
2- Stimulation (daily injections for 10 to 14 days)
The donor will stimulate her ovaries to produce egg follicles with a daily injection of FSH
The donor will have regular scans and blood tests to see how she is responding to the injections, how many egg follicles are being produced and their size.
The donor might feel bloated and some discomfort during this phase.
3- HCG Trigger Injection (one injection 36 hours before egg collection)
When the scans and blood tests show the egg follicles are big enough, the donor will take this injection which will induce ovulation.
4- Egg Collection
Eggs are collected 36 hours after the HCG injection. This is performed in clinic, under local anaesthetic, sedation or general anaesthetic. The donor might feel some abdominal pain or discomfort afterwards and it may last for a few days.
The embryologist will now prepare the egg with the sperm, so they can fertilise and become an embryo. Between two to five days after, the embryo(s) will be transferred to the recipient. The recipient will know in about two weeks if she is pregnant.
In the UK, all egg, sperm and embryo donors must be identifiable to the person conceived from their donation. The donor’s details are kept confidential under Data Protection legislation but will be passed on to the individual born as a result of that donation if that person requests it.
Egg donors can receive compensation for up to £750 to cover financial loss during each egg donation cycle. Other costs like travel, accommodation and childcare may also be claimed.
Egg Donation: where do recipients stand in terms of legal parenthood?
When considering fertility treatment with egg donation, you can receive eggs from a friend or family member, from the egg bank or from an egg sharing scheme at the fertility clinic.
Regardless of who donates you their eggs, all UK-based clinics follow HFEA and conform with strict medical, legal and ethical standards.
By donating eggs, donors are agreeing with not being the legal parent, not having legal obligations and not being named in the child’s birth certificate. They are also agreeing with not having rights on how the child will be brought up and will not be asked to financially support the child.
Egg Donation: Where can you get support?
At inFertile Life we offer support in terms of:
– goal setting and making sure you are ready to go ahead with the process
– managing stress and other emotions
– improving your health status
– nutrition strategies
At EggDonationFriends you can get support as well in terms of:
– choosing a clinic
– choosing an egg donor
– webinars with a lot of information
Fertility NLP Coach and Nurse Specialist