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).
It works by one partner donating her eggs to the other partner. Between you, you need to decide which partner will be the birth mother and which will be the genetic mother. Often partners choose to do this for their first child and then decide to switch around if they have any subsequent children enabling both partners to experience being the genetic and the birth mother.
Why not egg-share?
Egg donation with your partner can also be carried out in conjunction with the LWC Wales' egg-sharing programme, which enables women under 35 who are donating eggs to their partner to also donate the to LWC's egg-sharing programme in order to receive subsidised treatment. As well as being under the age of 35, you will need to be fit and healthy, free from infectious and hereditary diseases, have a BMI of under 30 and have not had more than two failed IVF attempts. To find out more about the egg-sharing criteria, please click here.