What is Egg Sharing?
IVF with egg sharing is where the female partner goes through an IVF cycle and donates half of her collected eggs to another couple. The recipient couple need donated eggs because the female partner has poor ovarian function due to disease, surgery, premature menopause or age. There could also be genetic reasons why she cannot use her own eggs. All egg donation is strictly regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
For the egg share cycle to proceed, eight or more eggs must be collected, allowing a minimum of four eggs for the patient and four for the recipient.
What are the criteria to be an Egg Share Provider?
In order to be an egg share provider, the female partner must fulfil the following criteria:
- be less than 36 years at the start of the treatment cycle
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30
- both ovaries present
- no moderate/severe endometriosis
- not a previous poor responder to treatment
- reason for infertility diagnosed (eg tubal factor, or male factor)
- all screening tests satisfactory
- satisfactory completion of health questionnaire
- consent to Salisbury Fertility Centre to contact GP
- partner should agree with treatment
If you are considering the possibility of having IVF with egg sharing we would be pleased to hear from you.
Who is it suitable for?
Provided you meet the criteria above egg sharing may be suitable for you if you are looking to reduce the cost of your IVF treatment and are happy to donate some of your eggs to another couple. In an egg sharing treatment cycle the egg share provider pays a treatment deposit, the cost of their drugs and the HFEA licence fee. If the egg share cycle proceeds and there are at least four eggs each available for the provider and recipient following the egg collection then the deposit is returned to the egg share provider.
Egg sharing may also be suitable for you if you require IVF treatment yourself but at the same time wish to assist a couple who require donated eggs.
Where the female partner goes through an IVF cycle and donates half of her recovered eggs
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