Give the gift of life this festive season and become an egg donor
It’s the time of the year when there are Christmas songs played all day long. For some people going through fertility issues, the only song they want to sing is “All I want for Christmas is a baby”.
Fertility problems are thought to affect 1 in 6 couples in the UK. Sometimes women will not be able to conceive using their own eggs. In these situations, patients explore the idea of using an egg donor in order to become a parent, something that can be life changing, and a service that is offered at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic.
Dr. Geetha Venkat at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic says: “Egg donation is an amazing treatment. We see couples where the woman has no eggs anymore so they have to have a treatment to use somebody else’s eggs. Initially it’s a huge shock for them, then they come to terms with these facts, and then they proceed to the treatment”. Donors are given all the information and advice they need to make an informed decision. “The egg donors come and see the consultants, then they have to have tests done. The egg donors also have to see counsellors to understand the implications of donating eggs”, continues Dr. Venkat.
Dinah Purton, psychiatrist and counsellor at the clinic, adds: “The egg donors and people needing eggs both have to have counselling. It’s easy to explain to a child nowadays, there was a nice lady who gave us an egg and you were born.”
What is the typical profile of an egg donor? “ When I first started training, I was told that egg donors are women in their 30s who have a family. Over the last couple of years, the typical profile of a donor changed dramatically. They are now women in their 20s. Some of them don’t want their own children, some don’t want their eggs to be lost and want to help a family who are struggling to conceive. They are very publicly minded people, who are aware of genetics and are all trying to help,“ concludes Dinah.
To be accepted as an egg donor, according to Dr Venkat, women have to be “between 18-35 years old, non-smoker, be healthy and fit, and preferably had a child before, but this is not essential. The donors should not have any inherited diseases”. Dr Venkat adds that “there is a shortage of egg donors from ethnic communities, especially Asian and African, because of the stigma attached to them, so egg donors from these groups are welcome to come to our clinic, to help other people”.
In 2012, HFEA changed the regulations and the egg donors are paid a lump sum of £750 for their expenses and inconveniences.
We would like to thank all the exceptional women who, by donating their eggs, selflessly helped other women have their children. They are all part of the Harley Street Fertility Clinic family.
For more information please get in touch with the donor team at Harley Street Fertility Clinic.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,
The Harley Street Fertility Clinic