Could you be an egg donor?

January 30 2017

Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) have put out an appeal for women under the age of 35 to come forward to donate their eggs.

Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) have put out an appeal for women under the age of 35 to come forward to donate their eggs.

Over 75 couples are on the waiting list at BCRM, based in Southmead Hospital, hoping to have fertility treatment using donor eggs. For these couples, having a donor egg is the only way they will ever be able to conceive a child of their own. 

Very few women come forward in any given year to offer to donate their eggs and so all these couples have to wait up to 18 months before they get to the top of the list and usually they have already been trying naturally for two years - or they have been through numerous fertility treatments before finally having to give up having a baby with their own eggs.

Wendy Martin from BCRM said: “The degree of heartache these couples experience is immeasurable, especially as all their friends, colleagues and family are having babies all around them while all they can do is wait and hope someone will come forward one day to help them.”

In order to donate eggs you would need to:

• Be under 35 years of age

• Have a BMI of between 19 and 30

• Have your eggs harvested during a simple medical procedure (carried out under general anaesthetic) so they can be shared between two couples.

You also need to possess certain qualities and characteristics: 

• Empathy for those who are struggling to conceive a child and an understanding of the emotional anguish that such a situation brings them 

• The sense that an egg is just an egg, a cell, and not a ‘potential child of yours’

• The ability to fit the appointments, scans and an operative procedure into your busy schedule

• The willingness to be registered as a donor with identifiable details so that any child conceived from your donation could have access to it once they reach the age of 18. 

Donors will be compensated to the sum of £750 for their time, inconvenience and any expenses incurred.

From the time you first make contact with the clinic to the time when you will finally donate your eggs is approximately 6 months – and so if you contact the clinic in the New Year you could be undergoing the actual egg donation process during late spring/early summer of 2017.

If you feel you are someone who could help a woman to have a baby and help a couple to have a family together, then you can find more information by going to the BCRM website

www.nbt.nhs.uk/bristol-centre-reproductve-medicine/treatments-services/becoming-a-donor Or you could call Gemma or Anne, the nurses from the BCRM egg donation programme, on 0117 414 6880.