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What is egg donation

Egg donation is most commonly used when the patient is unable to produce her own eggs. This type of infertility is often associated with older maternal age, when the ovaries store of follicles is beginning to run out. The tell-tale signs are irregular - and even absent - periods, which are often a prelude to the menopause. In normal 'fertile' women this can happen in their late 30s and early 40s, but there are also unfortunate younger women who are found to have 'premature' menopause. This can happen in women as young as 20 or 30. For these women, egg donation is the only possible fertility treatment.

How it works

Treatment is much the same as standard IVF, except that the eggs are sourced from a friend or relative (known egg donation) or from an anonymous donor or egg bank. Patients receiving ‘fresh’ donor eggs from a donor must have hormone therapy to ensure that their own menstrual cycle matches the donor’s and is ready to receive an embryo for implantation. For patients using frozen eggs, all eggs are stored in a frozen state and are only thawed for fertilisation and transfer when needed by the recipient patient.

The London Egg Bank

The London Women’s Clinic has partnered with the London Egg Bank to provide access to a very large database of UK-recruited HFEA-compliant egg donors via their online catalogue.  This means patients at all LWC locations can be treated with egg donation without facing a long waiting list - and have a good chance of finding a suitably matching donor without delay.  

Counselling

For all patients considering treatment using donor eggs, counselling is always necessary to ensure they are fully aware of the UK's legislation on the identity of egg donors. All children born as a result of donor eggs in the UK have the right at the age of 18 to know the donor’s identity.

Success Rates

These statistics show our egg donation success rates for our individual clinics across the country - those that successfully lead to pregnancy. All pregnancies were confirmed for foetal heartbeat by ultrasound scans.

Up to 35

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 36%

36-37

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 43 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 31%

38-39

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 44 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 24%

40-42

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 48 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 18%

Three Cycle Package

Package completed June 2015 - July 2016

All ages

No national average available

Up to 35

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

36-37

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

Over 38

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 45 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

All ages

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 48 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

Egg share donors

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 27 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 44%

Donor egg recipients

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

All ages

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 17 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

No national average available

All ages

Pregnancy rate per embryo transferred (based on 43 cycles)

June 2015 - July 2016

National average 15% (all ages)

Verified live birth rates are available from the HFEA website. Please note that success rates have limitations as the basis for comparison and personal choice. For further advice, please visit the HFEA's advice pages.  

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