Clinics will usually only accept three or more embryos as the success rate for freeze/thaw is about 50%. If you only have one or two embryos then it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to donate them. You will need to contact your clinic in the first instance as you will need to be screened and counselled accordingly (as donors now, not recipients) before the embryos can be donated.
If you have frozen embryos in clinic storage which you then decide to donate you can receive compensation of up to £35 for each subsequent clinic visit. This sum is to cover any financial losses in connection with your donation. If you have higher expenses then there is scope to claim more. Some clinics may reimburse your embryo storage costs.
Usually the female donor has to be aged between 18 and 35, and the male donor has to be aged between 18 and 40 – the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s Exceptional Circumstances guidelines may be used at the clinic’s discretion to waive this.
Clinics recommend that all parties are consulted for an up-to-date situation as the circumstances have changed from when the consent form was originally completed. If necessary, the clinic ethics committee will be consulted and/or legal advice sought.