Egg donation and egg-sharing
Egg-sharing is an IVF treatment which brings together women having conventional IVF (the sharer) with those unable to produce their own eggs (the recipient). Egg-sharing enables these two groups of women to help one another - egg-sharers receive free IVF treatment, while recipients receive the eggs they need for IVF.
How egg-sharing works
The sharer has conventional IVF treatment, involving ovarian stimulation, egg collection and embryo transfer. But half the eggs collected are randomly allocated to the recipient, whose uterus is prepared for embryo transfer with hormone therapy. The recipient's allocated eggs are fertilised with her partner's sperm and transferred as in conventional IVF. Good results have been reported for both sharers and recipients, suggesting that the one does neither better or worse than the other.
To become an egg-sharing, you'll need to be 35 or under. But not everyone will be eligible, so before applying it's worth checking if you fulfil the additional criteria established by the UK's regulatory board, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). You can click here for the full criteria.
Call 01325 371 070 for more details.