As an egg donor, you will be donating an egg in its unfertilized form, and thus not donating a “child”. Any child born as a result of your donations will only have half of your genetic makeup; the other half will come from the recipient’s partner or a sperm donor. Egg donation, therefore, unlike adoption, means that the recipient couple still has a strong genetic link with the child.
There are many reasons why a woman might need an egg donor. For many women, this is because of their biological clock - the store of eggs in the ovary has simply run out. This usually happens as women reach their late 30s and 40s ahead of the menopause, but younger women can also have premature menopause. For them too the only chance of becoming a parent using their partner’s sperm is with donor eggs.
Over the past two decades, the age at which women have their first baby has been increasing. In most European countries today the average age of first pregnancy is around 30. This huge social change has had many consequences, and one is a greater prevalence of age-related infertility. Many women have simply left it too late to conceive naturally.
Egg donation is also vital for many young women surviving cancer, whose treatment also means the loss of ovarian function, and for some at risk of giving birth to a child with a genetic disorder.
As a donor, you will not be parting with a child, what you are giving away is a chance for another woman to become a mother through your generous gift of an egg.
To find out more about egg donation send an email to email@example.com or call us on 020 7563 1645. You will never be pressured to become a donor and the first time we meet with you; the initial discussion will be informal and in a relaxed environment allowing you to ask as many questions as you like.