Egg, Sperm and Embryo donation

Egg Donation Programme

Some women require donated eggs for their fertility treatment due to early menopause or premature ovarian failure. Unfortunately there is a general shortage of egg donors in the UK. We usually advise this group of women to consider using donated eggs from a close family member or a close friend who is willing to donate their eggs. Where this is not possible, an altruistic donor can be sourced by the patient for their own fertility treatment.

A change in law has subsequently discouraged some potential egg or sperm donors from becoming donors.

For this reason we strongly recommend that all patients considering the use of donated embryos, sperm or eggs book an appointment to see any of our counsellors to discuss the ethical and social implications of using donated eggs or sperm.

Sperm donation Programme

Forty per cent of women of infertile couples are unable to conceive because of abnormality or absence of sperm in their partner’s ejaculate. Artificial insemination using donor sperm is the only method of treatment available to these couples who wish to have a family. In many centres, the limiting factor is the availability of suitable donors and therefore most clinics are grateful for offers from men wishing to be a sperm┬ádonor.

All potential sperm donors who intend to begin the process of donation must first meet certain eligibility criteria as described in the UK guidelines for the medical and laboratory screening of sperm, egg and embryo donors (2008) and the HFEA 8th code of practice.

You must be

  • Be aged between 18 and 41
  • Be proven to be negative for infectious diseases including (but not limited to) HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis
  • Be fit and healthy
  • Have no known inheritable disorder or serious medical problems