Egg & Embryo Donation
Egg and embryo donation are types of fertility treatment used to help couples to conceive.
Egg donation is when eggs from a donor are fertilised with your partner’s sperm in a laboratory dish. The resulting embryos are then transferred to your uterus (womb).
Egg donation may be recommended if:
- You have no ovaries, produce low-quality eggs, or no eggs at all. This may be due to premature menopause, an inherited condition, surgery, or treatment for cancer using chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
- You are in your 40s, as you have a low chance of success with assisted conception treatments using your own eggs. This is because egg quality declines with age.
- You and your partner have been unsuccessful with other treatments, such as IVF.
- You are at risk of passing on an inherited disorder.
- You have the chromosomal abnormality Turner syndrome and have a high risk of carrying a child with a genetic disorder.
Embryo donation is an option if you and your partner require both egg and sperm donation, or if you are a single woman who cannot use your own eggs. Embryos are usually donated by couples who have successfully had their baby or babies from IVF and who want to help other couples.
Embryo donation may be recommended if:
- You and your partner are unlikely to conceive using your own eggs and/or sperm for fertility treatment.
- You or your partner is at risk of passing on a genetic disorder to a child.
- You are single and have gone through the menopause.