Donor egg treatment is defined as an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in which a woman uses another woman's eggs (the donor) rather than her own.
Our Donor Egg success rates
The success rate will reflect the age of your donor. Should you not have access to a suitable egg donor, we have linked with one of the best egg donation clinics in Europe who will guarantee your pregnancy or they will refund the treatment cost.Get in touch
Deciding to use someone you know or not
When a couple decides to move forward with donor egg treatment, the first step is to identify an egg donor. This donor can either be someone that you know or you can decide to use an anonymous donor abroad. Given the shortage of egg donors within the UK we have partnered with the Instituto Bernabeu in Spain to provide you with access to a large range of young, healthy egg donors.
Selecting the ideal donor
If you identify a donor within the UK that you wish to use, the first step is to arrange a consultation on 0141 201 8581 to see if they are suitable.
If you wish to use Instituto Bernabeu for your egg donation treatment, our entire team makes sure a strict process control is followed. The egg donation department at Instituto Bernabeu will search their bank of over 500 candidates for the donor most similar to you in terms of eye and skin colour, hair type, height, weight and blood type. The first step is to arrange a consultation on 0141 201 8581. At your consultation, Isabel Traynor will talk you through the process and be your local liaison for your treatment with Instituto Bernabeu.
1. How are donors screened at Institute Bernabeau?
In Spain oocyte donors are required by law to be:
- Between 18 and 32 years of age
- Have an adequate body mass index
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Not suffering from any hereditary or infectious disease that can be transmitted to the offspring
At the Institute Bernabeau they perform extensive testing of the donor to give you the best possible chance of having a healthy child. These tests include:
- A psychological assessment, performed by a psychologist.
- A personal and family medical history assessment, performed by a gynaecologist specialising in fertility, as well as a physical and gynaecological examination, so as to make sure that they are in good health condition and rule out the risk of transmission of a gynaecological pathology.
- Chromosomal and genetic studies to rule out the possible presence of hereditary diseases: Karyotype, screening for Fragile X Syndrome, Thalassemia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and the study of 552 genes linked to over 600 autosomal recessive diseases (Carrier Genetic Testing (CGT): The most comprehensive genetic compatibility test); and a general laboratory test (blood type and Rh factor, syphilis serology, hepatitis B and C serology, HIV serology, and coagulation tests) and STDs (most common sexually-transmitted diseases).
2. Are oocyte donors at Instituto Bernabeu anonymous?
Yes. Spanish Law states that the donor’s identity must be kept in the strictest confidentiality.
3. Do donors receive any kind of monetary compensation?
Donation is an altruistic act; so if you are using an oocyte donor within the UK we will not pay them any costs. This is just like blood donation within the UK. Some centres may pay individuals for donating oocytes but as you will have identified the potential oocyte donor and brought them along to GRFC this is not something we would do. Your donor will be for your sole use. At the Instituto Bernabeu they will compensate the donor with any transport fees paid to come to the centre, any wages missed due to a day off work, etc. On average they pay donors about 750 euros.
4. Does egg donation affect my fertility or my ovarian response at a later stage?
No, because the eggs that are retrieved in these treatments were destined to become lost naturally anyway. In other words, out of the 400,000 eggs that it is estimated ovaries have at the time of puberty, only 400 (0.1%) are destined to be ovulated month by month throughout a woman's life, while the rest become damaged without having been matured and ovulated by the ovaries.
We are delighted to be able to offer treatment with donor eggs from a known donor as a treatment package with a single cost from the moment you decide to pursue treatment. Our full price list can be found here for download, but below is a summary of what the donor oocyte package includes. Should you wish to pursue donor egg treatment abroad we would be happy to facilitate this and have linked with Institut Bernabeau with your pretreatment workup being done in Glasgow. At any time, if you have any questions about the fees, please contact us as soon as possible on 0141 956 0509 to speak to a member of staff.