Travelling for your donor egg

With many families leaving it to later in life before thinking about children, the demand for donor eggs has steadily increased

According to the HFEA, despite this increase, there has been a decrease in patients donating due to egg sharing arrangements. With not enough UK donors, women end up travelling abroad for treatment to avoid long waiting lists. 

Earlier in the week we had a conversation with Manchester Fertility about the added stress of having to wait for a donor

They told us that it really does vary according to where you are in the country, but fortunately, they are proud to say they do not have a waiting list. They said that as a result, they get many patients travelling from across Scotland for treatment at their clinic.

We took the opportunity to ask Manchester Fertility the questions we thought you might have should you be considering travelling for egg donation.

Why travel for donor egg treatment?

Lots of people who need donor eggs choose to travel and certainly in the case of Manchester Fertility the reasons are varied.

  • We have high donor egg success rates: Over 67% of women using fresh donor eggs and 50% of women using frozen donor eggs achieve pregnancy with us.
  • We have a donor egg bank that’s open to all: We have our own donor programme with no waiting list for donor eggs. You can have IVF up to the age of 50.
  • We have a choice of donor eggs and funding packages: You can choose from fresh or frozen donor eggs, with treatment funded through a package that suits your needs and finances.
  • The treatment process is stress-free: We aim to minimise the number of visits to our clinic to make it easy for you.
  • Our clinic is easily accessible in the UK. We’ve found more and more travelling to us from Scotland too as it’s simple to reach us by road, rail, air or car. And if you’re flying to the North West, Manchester Airport is only a ten minute taxi away from our clinic.

How you can pay for private IVF using donor eggs

We know that the cost of treatment is a big consideration when you’re thinking of private fertility treatment. So we offer cost-effective treatment packages especially for patients using donor eggs and also pre-paid plans which include a money-back guarantee.

Take a look at the donor egg packages that are available here, to see what might be right for you. 

How the treatment journey works when you’re travelling to us 

We have dedicated treatment processes especially for out-of-area patients, which are designed to make your journey convenient, just as it would be if you were local to us:

  • We’ll arrange virtual consultations, so you don’t even have to leave home to get started.
  • We’ll keep you up to date on your treatment progress through your own personal, private Patient Portal and our mobile App, which enables quick and easy communication with our clinic team.

How many clinic visits you’ll need to make for treatment with donor eggs

For treatment with donor eggs, you’ll need to make two visits to our clinic in Cheshire. The first visit involves your partner providing a sperm sample – if you’re not using donor sperm – to fertilise the donor eggs, and for us to check the thickness of your endometrial lining.

The second visit is for the transfer procedure when your embryos are ready.

As both of these treatments happen only a few days apart, many out-of-area patients arrange to stay locally and there are a number of hotels nearby to our clinic to make it easy for you.

How to start treatment with donor eggs

If you’d like to come to Manchester Fertility for treatment with donor eggs, it’s easy to get started: 

  • Talk to our team of experts on UK +44 (0)845 268 2244
  • Have a chat with a Donor Programme Assistant via Zoom video conferencing – just call us to arrange 
  • Book a consultation online here – tell us about yourself and we’ll be in touch

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