Egg Donor FAQs

Clinics will want menstruation to have returned and be back to normal (whatever ‘normal’ means for you) for about three months before they will consider you as a donor. In reality, it’s usually longer than three months because other factors such as tiredness and work can affect things.
Clinics will want menstruation to have returned and be back to normal (whatever ‘normal’ means for you) for about three months before they will consider you as a donor. Clinics prefer breastfeeding to have finished for about three months before they will consider you. This is to ensure that your physical body is back to normal. In reality, it’s usually longer than three months though because other factors such as tiredness and work can affect things.
If you are sexually active with a man you will need to use contraception during your donation treatment cycle because you will be highly fertile while on the medication. Your clinic will discuss the best form of contraception – usually the condom. Other types of contraception such as the coil or implant will be removed before the donation process begins.
Yes but be aware that the medication you are required to take during your donation cycle will make you highly fertile. Discuss your contraception options with the clinic you are donating through.
There’s no limit as such on the number of times you can donate your eggs but in reality the limit will be when the maximum of 10 families has been reached from your donations. Egg donors can have up to three recipients per treatment cycle.
It can do. There is about a 1% risk of infertility resulting from donating eggs and this is usually related to overstimulation of the ovaries (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)). However, you will be monitored frequently and your medication will be adjusted accordingly. If there are any concerns that you may be experiencing OHSS, the donation process will be stopped.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can surrounding the circumstances of your terminations so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can surrounding the circumstances of your losses so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
Although technically you could probably still donate in reality it’s likely that you won’t be able to. Clinics would want to explore why you’d want to go ahead without your family’s support – this would probably be taken to a clinic ethics meeting to discuss and the chances are that you wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead.
It’s important that you give your clinic as much information as possible about the nature of the procedures that have taken place. Your clinic will be able to advise you what their individual policy is.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can about your condition so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can about your condition so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
Possibly but this is something you’ll need to discuss with your clinic. ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ guidelines do exist within the Code of Practice Framework and this gives clinics flexibility if they need it in certain circumstances. Clinics will make any decision based on the individual situation.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can about your condition so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Yes. Regardless of sexuality, all donors are screened and tested for the same medical conditions. Recipients are made aware of their donor’s sexuality and can choose their donor accordingly.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Yes. Adoption is not a barrier to donating. As long as you meet all the other requirements, being adopted won’t affect whether you’re accepted onto a donor programme.
Yes. At any time following your donation you can ask your clinic about the outcome of your donations. Your clinic can tell you:

  • whether there have been any live birth(s)
  • year of birth
  • gender of any child(ren) born
  • number of children born
Yes but realistically imposing conditions can limit the number of times your donation can be used in treatments. Most donors’ conditions are connected to issues around religion and culture. In the case of known donation, the donation is conditional upon it being used by a particular recipient.
There’s no limit as such on the number of children that can be born from your donations. However, only 10 families can be created from your donations.
It’s recommended that you have a healthy lifestyle but your clinic will advise you of any specific changes you might need to make.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Clinics have their own individual policies on this issue so check with the clinic you’re thinking about donating to for their most up-to-date advice.
Yes, but clinics prefer your BMI to be under 30. This is because being overweight can affect general health and wellbeing, and this can affect how a potential donor reacts to the medication and any anaesthetic given.
No. Many clinics do accept ‘non mothers’. However, clinics usually prefer women to have had their families first for two reasons:

  1. proven fertility
  2. future fertility could be affected by donating eggs.
Clinics will discuss with you the nature of any past and present STIs and whether they are a barrier to you becoming a donor.
Your clinic will want to gather as much information from you as it can about your condition so that it can make a decision on an individual and personal basis about whether you can be an egg donor. Clinics recognise and acknowledge that everyone’s health and medical backgrounds are different.
This is a personal choice although many donors do tell their employers why they are taking time off work.
Your clinic will let you know the reasons you can’t be a donor and will discuss the situation with you and offer support. Your clinic can also advise you about further appropriate support, e.g. GP.
Your clinic will let you know the reasons you can’t be a donor and will discuss the situation with you and offer support. Your clinic can also advise you about further appropriate support, e.g. GP.
Egg donation is a process that takes place over several months so it’s not possible to just turn up at a clinic and donate.
Egg donation is a process that takes place over several months so it’s not possible to just turn up at a clinic and donate. A donation cycle can take about six weeks.
While all donors now have to be identifiable, there is no law that says all donor-conceived people must know of their genetic origins. Some families are very open with their children about their genetic origins while other families don’t tell at all.
Clinics will prefer you to have an up-to-date smear test as it gives an indication of health. If no smear test has been done in the last three years, your clinic may well ask that you have one done with your GP.
If your BMI indicates that you are overweight then response to the medication and anaesthetic might be affected.