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Donor screening

We recruit donors who live in the UK. Our rigorous screening process ensures that our donors meet the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) standards.

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Exacting standards

Our team of recruiters, doctors and geneticists review each donor’s individual and family health history and medical tests to ensure that every donor meets our highly selective physical criteria. Applicants are also required to undergo psychological screening by one of our in-house counsellors in order to assess their mental wellness as well as their commitment to the program – to further determine if they are an appropriate candidate to join our egg bank.

Egg donation criteria

Donors must fulfil all of the following requirements to become part of the donor programme:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Be in good general health (non-smokers with a BMI between 20 and 30)
  • Have no personal or family history of a significant inheritable condition
  • Be free from infectious disease
  • Have measurements of ovarian reserve (an indication of egg supply) within the normal range
  • Have both ovaries in place
  • Have no history of severe endometriosis 
  • Be able to provide a copy of their passport or Driving Licence as proof of ID
  • Agree for their GP to be contacted

Potential donors that are known to have a significant inheritable disease that could result in an offspring developing a serious physical, mental disability, a serious illness or other serious medical conditions are excluded from the programme.  

London Women's Clinic reception
London Women's Clinic consultation rooms

The initial interview

The donor will attend the London Egg Bank for an interview with one of our dedicated recruiters to establish her reasons for becoming a donor, and to ascertain her commitment to the programme. 

Consultation and screening

If after initial assessment the donor is found to be suitable to progress, she will be asked to see our doctor for a consultation. The specialist will firstly conduct a pelvic ultrasound scan. This scan detects problems in the uterus, ovaries and pelvic region, and is used to assess the donors suitability in terms of ovarian functionality.

Following the scan, the specialist will then carry out a detailed review of the donor’s medical and psychological findings and will discuss the following with her:

  • Her eligibility for the program
  • The risks and implications of donating eggs
  • How the egg donation process works
  • Ultrasound & blood test findings

The egg donor will then be asked to complete mandatory HFEA consent forms and will be sent for screening tests.

Detailed screening

All egg donors are screened for the following: 

  • HIV 1 and 2
  • Hepatitis A IgG/IgM
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Ultrasound & blood test findings
  • Rubella
  • Chlamydia
  • CMV IgG/IgM
  • HTLV1/2
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sickle cell
  • Syphilis
  • Thalassaemia
  • Tay-Sachs (if applicable)
  • Cervical smear
  • Blood group and and rhesus factor

Emotional support

All egg donors are required to see the counsellor before progressing with a donation. It provides an emotionally safe place in which donors explore what donation involves and the lasting implications for them and those they are close to.

Every donor undergoes rigorous screening


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