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IVF Egg Sharing

What is egg sharing?

IVF egg sharing is a fertility process which allows women who are willing to go through the female egg donation process to share their eggs with someone who needs some extra help to get pregnant.

The two women involved in the process usually choose to remain anonymous to each other, however it is possible to choose a donor you know before beginning the treatment.

I never thought we would be one of the lucky ones and had seriously considered a future with no children. We are now one of those people and are thankful every time we look at her. Thank you. Emma & Ben.

How does egg sharing work?

Here at Reproductive Health Group, we attempt to match the physical characteristics of the donors and recipients as closely as possible. We always seek approval from the recipient before the treatment begins.

The egg sharer will undergo ovarian stimulation as for a regular stimulated IVF cycle, but she agrees in advance to donate half of the eggs that she produces during the treatment cycle to a matched recipient.

We offer the donor a much-reduced cost of IVF treatment, while the recipient will benefit from using donated eggs to overcome any underlying fertility problem she may have.

When do we recommend egg sharing?

Women who might be unable to produce eggs of their own, either because of early menopause, or due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment leaving them infertile, can use the egg sharing process to help them achieve pregnancy.

Those who may have genetic conditions which they don’t want to pass on to their children can also use the egg sharing scheme to overcome this problem.

Women who wish to share their eggs will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be 30 years or under
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 19 and 30
  • Have a Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level on day 2-4 of her menstrual cycle less than 10iu/l
  • Have an Anti-Mullerian Hormone level above 21iu/l
  • Be a non-smoker for at least 3 months or agree to smoking cessation treatment
  • Have no personal history of transmissible disease
  • Have no personal or family history of inheritable disorders
  • Have no history of severe endometriosis
  • Have both ovaries
  • Have no history of previous low response to ovarian stimulation

What are the steps of the female egg donation process?

Before being accepted onto our scheme, the egg sharer will complete a full medical and family history questionnaire and undergo several initial screening tests.

In addition to the tests, both the egg sharer and her partner (where applicable) will be offered counselling before accepting onto the scheme. This is to ensure they feel supported and stable throughout our process.

The physical characteristics of the egg donor and the recipient are compared, and every attempt is made to make the closest possible match. If this is not possible, her partner’s characteristics can be considered.

The unit will try to meet any requests made by the female donating eggs regarding any couple who may receive them. Likewise, any special requests made by the recipient couple will be met as closely as possible.

We have now introduced an innovative addition to our programme. Sharers can now donate half of their produced eggs to be frozen for future use by a recipient, alleviating a potential lengthy waiting process.

What are the costs?

Egg sharers would pay for consultations and screening followed by an inclusive IVF Egg Sharing fee or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) Egg Sharing fee, plus a HFEA fee.

Alternatively, if the sharer wishes her eggs to be stored for use by a future recipient, she would pay for blood tests to check her ovarian reserve, an ultrasound scan and semen analysis for her partner, followed by a fixed amount of £1700 plus a HFEA fee.

This will cover most of the treatment and drugs that the woman will need, apart from the freezing and storage of embryos and the use of donor sperm and general anaesthetic, if they are required.

If you need more information on the process, or simply wish to discuss your options with one of our experts, please feel free to get in touch with us today.

Why choose RHG for Egg Sharing?

At Reproductive Health Group we pride ourselves on not only our passion for what we do, but our IVF expertise, our state of the art clinic and constant patient success stories.

Personalised, expert care

Our clinical team, led by Professor Luciano Nardo, is supported by an experienced laboratory team, a friendly and caring nursing team and a wider support team, who work to provide the best experience possible for our patients.

Our team will tailor an individualised care plan that is unique to you, focused on achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby. You will enjoy dedicated support throughout your fertility journey, from your initial consultation, right through to treatment, your pregnancy test and beyond.

State of the art clinic

At RHG you will have access to the latest IVF techniques, technology, genetic testing and we are always at the forefront of innovation in fertility, offering you the best possible chance of success.

Unique to RHG, our clinic has a fully equipped surgical operating facility, meaning that you can have most, if not all, of your treatment under one easily accessible roof.

Success Rates

We are very proud of our success rates, which we recognise play an important part in choosing the right IVF clinic for you. We regularly treat patients of all ages and specialise in complex fertility cases where the chances of success are typically lower, yet or success rates are consistent with HFEA data.

Fresh Cycle Success Rates

If you would like to find out more about RHG, our facilities or treatments, you can contact us online here.  Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 202180, and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other advice.