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Egg donation treatment process

It may feel a little daunting making an initial enquiry about egg donation.  Our friendly team are here to help answer your initial questions and can help you book a consultation with one of our fertility experts or talk to you about our free open days and egg donation events.

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Getting started

Your egg donation journey at the London Egg Bank will begin with a consultation with one of our fertility doctors. You can expect to have a pelvic ultrasound and an Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test to give us an indication of your ovarian reserve.

If you have already had initial investigations into your fertility or have had treatment elsewhere already, please bring along any results that you have to your first consultation at the clinic.

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Following your doctors consultation, one of our dedicated donor matching experts will spend time with you and get to understand your ideal donor preferences. You’ll have time to ask lots of questions and our expert will spend time finding the right donor for you. With many years of experience, and with access to UK recruited donors in Europe, we know where to find the egg donor you’re looking for.  

Screening

Before treatment, you and your partner will need to be screened as follows:

Female partner

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen

Hepatitis B Core Antibody

Hepatitis C Antibody

HIV 1 & 2

Chlamydia

Rubella

PAP Smear (within 3 years)

Ultrasound scan or Aquascan

Extra blood tests or investigations may be advised by the doctor depending on your age and medical history.


Male partner

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen

Hepatitis B Core Antibody

Hepatitis C Antibody

HIV 1

Semen Analysis

 

Semen sample being analysed using a microscope
 Semen sample being prepared for freezing

Age requirement

If you wish to use donor eggs, you must have completed treatment and given birth by your 55th birthday. You may need a letter of support from your GP. If you are over 50 we ask you to complete a health assessment with a consultant obstetrician to ensure a safe pregnancy plan. Additional checks include an ECG, mammogram, and thyroid and diabetes tests.

Treatment process

  1. Preparation

    You will be given hormone tablets (containing estrogen) to prepare the womb lining for implantation. From a few days before embryo transfer, another hormone (progesterone) is also given to help implantation of the embryo.

  2. Fertilisation

    Once the eggs are available they will be fertilised in the laboratory with sperm from either your male partner or a sperm donor.

  3. Embryo development

    In most circumstances fertilised eggs are cultured as embryos in the lab for five to six days, until they reach the blastocyst stage. In some instances all the embryos may be frozen for transfer in a later cycle.

  4. Embryo transfer

    The embryo transfer normally takes place five days following egg collection once the embryo has reached blastocyst stage. Today, most women will only have one embryo transferred to avoid the risk of multiple pregnancy. Having two embryos transferred does not significantly increase the chance of pregnancy but does increase the risk of a multiple pregnancy. The embryo is transferred to the uterus via a catheter.

Counselling

To ensure you are fully aware of the UK’s legislation on the identity of egg donors, all patients considering treatment using donor eggs, are required to have counselling. All children born as a result of donor eggs in the UK have the right at the age of 18 to know their donor’s identity.

 

We are here with you every step of the way

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