Thanks to egg donors, many of us now have the chance of starting a family. Whether you are a single female, part of the traditional heterosexual couple or in a same-sex relationship, being the recipient of a donated egg is a wonderful opportunity.
It’s natural that you’ll have lots of uncertainties when faced with a decision as big as this, so to make things easier we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions.
What’s in it for the donor?
Women who donate their eggs often find it very rewarding to help those unable to have a baby through natural conception. Egg donors also receive £750 compensation.
Will the donor have parental rights?
The egg donor will not have any legal parental rights or responsibilities.
How can I find the perfect donor?
Your clinic will have a database listing potential egg donors and they can assist in finding the right one for you.
Are donated eggs safe?
Every egg donor is subjected to rigorous screening and testing to determine their suitability. This helps eliminate a risk of genetic disorders and ensures those donating are physically fit and mentally stable. Clinics have their own set of strict criteria which must be passed before donors are accepted which include age, weight and lifestyle restrictions.
Is it possible to specify a donor with similar characteristics to my own?
There is the possibility to select a donor based on aspects such as their physical features, blood group or religion. Your clinic will be able to discuss your wishes with you fully.
Will the egg donor’s identity be shared with me?
There are three types of egg donors – ‘known’, ‘semi-known’ and ‘anonymous’. Many countries have legal restrictions regarding the different types, with some illegal in one country yet legal in another. With ‘known’ donors you will be aware of their identity, although ‘semi-known’ involves disclosing details which don’t reveal identity, such as blood group, nationality and physical features. ‘Anonymous’ donating withholds all information about the donor and is illegal in the UK.
Do I meet the donor or talk to them at any point?
It is possible to meet with the egg donor in some cases. If both you and the donor are comfortable with meeting, then you can arrange this with the help of the clinic. Similarly, if you don’t have a desire to meet each other, there is no expectation.
Is it possible for the donor to locate me or my child?
The donor will not be given any personal information that would allow them to identify you or your child. An egg donor can request to know how many babies were produced using their eggs, the child genders and the years of each birth, but that’s all.
Should I tell my child that an egg donor was used?
You are not required by law to reveal the use of an egg donor to your child however it is strongly recommended that you are open and honest about it from a young age.
Can my child trace their donor?
Anonymous donation is legal in many countries. The UK requires all donors to provide personal information so those conceived in this way can discover their genetic link once they become an adult.