Egg and Sperm Donation
Many women cannot use their own eggs to produce a child. Perhaps they have had an early menopause, are infertile after cancer treatment, have a genetic mutation, have chosen to have a family later in life or there is some other reason why their eggs will not let them develop an embryo. Yet, frustratingly, their wombs are perfectly capable of maintaining a pregnancy through to a healthy childbirth. Modern science can help these patients by implanting an embryo created from an egg from a donor and sperm from the patient’s own partner, or another donor, using a variation of standard IVF.
We run a range of Egg Donation Programmes in the UK and overseas. There are waiting lists for UK treatment because of the shortage of egg donors but if treatment is required urgently our international programmes provide immediate access to suitable donors.
If you require sperm from a donor, we work with a number of sperm banks and can arrange for donor sperm to be available for treatments in the UK and overseas for use with your own eggs or those from an egg donor.
Egg Donation in Spain
Many of our egg donation patients travel to Spain for treatment. Assessment and diagnostics take place here in London, along with preparation of the patient (ultrasound, blood tests, medications and any necessary medical procedures) and treatment co-ordination. Then the patient just has to travel to Spain for the fertilisation (from the patient’s partner) and the implantation of the embryo, which usually takes place three days later with a very simple procedure which does not require anaesthetic or any onerous medical processes.
The male partner can travel earlier if he wishes and leave sperm to be frozen. That way fertilisation can take place when the female recipient is still elsewhere and she just needs to travel for embryo implantation. In fact, this is the process which takes place when donor sperm – which is free of charge – is used, where the woman either does not have a male partner or he has been diagnosed as requiring donor sperm.
Egg Donation in America
We have an exciting new and exclusive arrangement with GIVF in Washington, USA, and their own Fairfax Egg and Sperm Banks. They have donated eggs and sperm from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds immediately available. The process is similar to that described above for Spain except that control of the treatment is taken over by the specialists in America at an early stage. Click here for details about GIVF.
On a simpler basis, many patients choose their own egg donation centre overseas and just need a fertility centre in London for diagnostics such as Aquascans or HyCoSys, or to perform blood tests and ultrasound scans. We are happy to help. Be aware that different doctors and clinics can have different protocols, all of which may be equally effective. For that reason we cannot give a second opinion on your treatment unless you have a full consultation with us. Only with our own partner clinics above can we give full cycle support and coordination.