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How egg-sharing helps women start a family

Recently there have been stories in the news about egg-freezing, which cause people to question the ethical validity of women sharing their eggs – in other words, donating them to women in need. It’s a technique which has helped many people to have a family over the years, and which is back on the agenda with the recent advances in egg-freezing.

If you are interested in why we offer this hugely important service, please read this article by Dr Kamal Ahuja, London Women’s Clinic’s Scientific and Managing Director, in BioNews.

It demonstrates how;

  • Many women have been able to start families due to egg sharing – whether from “egg-sharing” in the early days, or “freeze and share” recently – it has been transformative.
  • Women who donate eggs suffer no loss of fertility themselves; one of the arguments is that donors might be adversely affected if a woman using her eggs becomes pregnant, when the donor cannot. But many studies have shown that egg-sharing does not affect a woman’s fertility.
  • Many more studies have shown that women who donate their eggs are motivated overwhelmingly by altruism, not financial incentives.
  • The procedure has been endorsed three times by the HFEA, most recently in 2011.

With egg-freezing increasing in popularity (up 49% between 2011 and 2016), and women increasingly relying on donor eggs to start their families, it is likely that this issue will be with us for a while; at London Women’s Clinic we strongly support this life-changing service and encourage people to contact us with any questions you they may have.

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