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Is Egg Donation Legal in the UK?

January 20, 2020 1:55 pm

Egg donation is a procedure where a woman with healthy eggs donates them to another woman who is undergoing fertility treatment. Supplying donor eggs is an extraordinary act, because it can help a couple to have a child that would otherwise have been impossible. You can be an egg donor for someone you know, such as a family member who is unable to conceive using their own eggs. Or you can donate your eggs to help unknown people to start a family, but is it legal in the UK and what are the requirements? Read on to find out more about egg donation… Who can donate their eggs? Egg Donation isn’t for everyone and there are particular requirements that need... View Article

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The Great Egg Freeze – The Tipping Point for Egg Freezing?

September 1, 2017 9:12 am

Last month BBC Radio 4 repeated a documentary on egg freezing and the opportunities now available for women to delay conception. Sometimes heralded as fertility insurance, it is important that people are realistic about the prospects of conceiving from frozen eggs, and explains the process fully so that women know both what happens when they have the eggs harvested and how they will be thawed, fertilised, and implanted if and when they are required. Fertility treatments are now even offered by some employers to retain women of child-bearing age and support them – the idea (they say) is that they do not have to choose between their career and fertility, egg freezing can promise both. There are incidences where fertility... View Article

Higher Risk of Pre-Eclampsia and Other Complications Using Donor Eggs

July 15, 2014 8:24 am

Researchers have found that using donated eggs in fertility treatments may increase the risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure. Pre-eclampsia tends to affect sufferers in the second half of pregnancy or after the baby is delivered, and affects around 5-8% of pregnancies. However, risks are higher for women who are pregnant in their teens or past the age of 40. The Institut Mutualiste Montsouris studied 580 IVF patients in France, and suggested that egg donation is also a risk factor for pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia. 217 of the women in the study became pregnant with donated eggs, and 18% of that 217 developed hypertension. This is a significant number when compared to the 5% of women... View Article