Egg donation and egg-sharing
Egg donation from your partner
Egg donation from a partner is becoming increasingly popular among lesbian couples who wish to start a family. The appeal of this treatment lies in the fact that both partners can be actively involved - with one providing the eggs (the genetic mother) and the other carrying the pregnancy (the birth mother).
Between you, you will need to decide which partner will be the birth mother and which will be the genetic mother. Often partners will swap roles for a second pregnancy.
Why not egg-share?
Egg donation with your partner can also be carried out in conjunction with the LWC's egg-sharing programme. This allows women who donate some of their eggs to have subsidised IVF treatment. As well as being under the age of 32, you will need to be healthy, free from infectious and hereditary diseases, have a BMI of under 30 and have not had more than two failed IVF attempts.
Please note that from 1st April 2013, egg-sharers in London will need to be 32 years old or under and have completed their treatment by their 33rd birthday.
How partner to partner and egg-sharing works