Become an egg donor
Donate the moments of motherhood.
At IVFAustralia, we do all we can to help women and couples who are unable to conceive using their own eggs, through our egg donation program.
Learn about the process of donating your eggs below. And if you're looking for information about using donor eggs to help you conceive, find out more here.
If you’re considering donating your eggs, it is a truly remarkable gift. There are many people in Australia who need an egg donor to help them achieve their dreams of having a family. Those might include:
- Women who are going through premature menopause
- if there is a risk of passing on genetic disease
- if a woman’s ovaries have been affected by chemotherapy or serious illness
- if a woman has had IVF treatment but repeated cycles have indicated poor egg quality
- same sex male couples in need of donor eggs to have their family
- Who can be an egg donor?
Ideally, egg donors should be aged between 21 and 38, with no medical or genetic conditions.
As a donor, you should be prepared to discuss your medical history, and provide details about your lifestyle and physical descriptions with one of our fertility specialists. Your identifying details will be forwarded to the NSW Health Central Register kept by the New South Wales Department of Health, once a child is born from your donation.
Before proceeding with donation, all potential egg donors will have screening blood tests and complete a Genetic and Medical Health Questionnaire. If this indicates a family history of genetic conditions, a clinical geneticist assesses the donor’s suitability.
- NSW laws for egg donors
Under current NSW law, a child born from a donated egg, sperm or embryo is deemed to be the child of the birth mother. Donors are under no legal or financial obligation to the child.
In 2010 the NSW Health Department established a Central Register for donors and donor-conceived offspring. The NSW Health Central Register contains information about donors and children born as a result of ART treatment using donated gametes.
Once a child conceived using donated gametes turns 18, they will be able to access certain information on the Register if they wish.
- The egg donation process
1. Speak to our donor team
They’ll explain the entire process and answer any questions.
2. Consult with a fertility specialist
They’ll get to know you, and your medical history. This can include tests and a medical health questionnaire.
After an initial consultation with your fertility specialist, counselling is scheduled for both the recipient and donor. This is an opportunity to consider the legal, social, genetic and psychological aspects of being involved with the donor program, and helps everyone make an informed decision. The critical principle is that everyone involved should make decisions that they will look back on as the right ones for them.
The donor will then undergo any further required medical checks.
4. Donor undergoes egg collection
Being an egg donor involves going through the first two steps of an IVF cycle to have the eggs collected. This involves medication to boost the amount of eggs produced naturally. Vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests will be used to monitor the growing number of eggs. Once there are enough eggs, your fertility specialist will organise an egg collection procedure.
This procedure is co-ordinated to be synchronised with the recipient, allowing the eggs to be collected from the donor and transferred to the recipient at the best possible time. The egg collection procedure is usually performed under a light sedation or general anaesthetic at one of our day hospitals.
There are no out of pocket medical costs for the egg donor.
5. The recipients
At the time of egg collection, the sperm is collected and the eggs are fertilised in the laboratory. Three to five days after the egg collection, one of the resulting embryos is transferred into the recipient and any other viable embryos are frozen, or all are frozen, for potential future transfer. After two weeks, a pregnancy test is carried out by the recipient.
The Egg Donation Process, Explained
Ready to enquire about egg donation?
When you decide to donate your eggs, you’re donating so much more. The love and pure joy of growing someone’s family.
If you’re considering the incredible gift of egg donation, contact our donor team today.
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