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IVF with donor eggsPictured next to me here is one of the most selfless women I know. She gives her time so willingly to others and takes nothing from anyone. I admire how thinly she spreads herself: helping family members, being there for friends, supporting her husband as he studies, being a brilliant mum, working full time, committing to fostering, setting up her own business and studying baby sign language at night class. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s now done the most incredible act to help other people become parents through donating her eggs!

If you’re someone who requires assistance in getting pregnant and seeking to have IVF with donor eggs, women like Rachel are heaven sent.

However she has opened my eyes as to how few women donate. In fact the largest proportion of donors are those who are going through the IVF process and have been offered a discount on the procedure for sharing some of their eggs. In fact, in our home town there are only 1-2 women who donate without any financial incentive.

The decision to use donor eggs often comes after a long fertility journey that may have included multiple failed treatment cycles. Without these donors, there would be much longer waiting lists for women hoping to be parents. Waiting times for IVF are all searchable online.

What Rachel wants you to know…

There are a lot of misconceptions about egg donation and IVF so here’s a few facts Rachel wants you to know to debunk those myths.

  • Recipients will be told the following information:
    • Age
    • eye colour
    • hair colour
    • body type
    • ethnicity
    • skin tone
    • height
    • BMI <30
    • educational background
    • profession
    • hobbies
    • relevant medical history and allergies
  • If a recipient has successful IVF with donor eggs then the donor can choose to write a letter for the child to read at a later date. 
  • Donation is much easier than you probably think! There are few side effects and many donors don’t feel anything during the harvesting of her eggs.
  • There’s an upper age limit of 35 in the UK, so if you’re considering donation it is important to get the process going as early as possible.
  • There are 47 egg donation clinics in the UK. They are all searchable online and you can get all the stats for how successful those clinics are.
  • Depending on your situation, IVF can use:
    • your eggs and your partner’s sperm
    • your eggs and donor sperm
    • donor eggs and partner’s sperm
    • donor eggs and donor sperm
    • donated embryos
  • Lots of people need IVF, not just infertile heterosexual couples. Illness is a big contributor to the need for IVF and with our population living longer, there are more single post-menopausal women pursuing IVF too.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Rachel is remarkable about her choice to donate and hopefully there will be some people having successful IVF with the donor eggs she’s gifted them.

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*Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.