This is a form of egg donation which is mutually beneficial to both parties. When an infertile couple cannot afford the cost of IVF treatment, they share the eggs with another couple. The donor couple’s treatment is free.
Criteria for being an egg share donor
- Age between 21 and 35
- Normal hormone profile (FSH less than 8 and E2 less than 200)
- Body mass index (BMI) under 30
- No family history of inheritable disorders
- Screen negative for infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis and normal karyotyping (single blood test)
Both the donor couple and recipient couple are advised to have independent counselling before commencing treatment.
After the eggs are collected, they are shared between the donor couple and the recipient couple in a random fashion. The minimum number of eggs for sharing will be ten. If during the monitoring of ovarian stimulation, it becomes apparent that the donor is not producing enough follicles, the available options will be discussed with the donor couple. They can keep all the eggs for their treatment and pay for it. Alternatively, they can donate all the eggs to the recipient and have a free IVF cycle subsequently.